MONTEREY, Calif. - People from all over the world gathered in Monterey to hear some of the World's Top Young Jazz Musicians at The Next Generation Jazz Festival.
The weekend-long event includes musical programs from big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, and individual musicians of all ages. It's an event that young musical artists look forward to all year round. Musicians from middle schools, high schools, and colleges are all vying for a spot on the stages of the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival.
One young musician, Kyle Groves, says these events are really fun, and they "really help to see what it's like to perform, and so you get a feel for what professional musicians do, and it's a great experience."
There are over twelve hundred students participating in the festival this year: performing, watching, learning, and fighting for the top spot in the competition. The musicians aren't the only ones benefiting, the general public can enjoy the largest gathering of young jazz talent in Northern California by going to the Monterey Conference center. The event is free of charge and has live performances going on until Sunday night on six different stages.