This is not the first time that Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble saxophonist Zebedee Jewell-Alibhai has earned a headline on our website, and something tells us that it won’t be the last.  Whenever there’s an opportunity to grow as a jazz musician, Zeb takes it, and being the hardworking student he is, success often follows. You can read about his accomplishment as a YoungArts award winner here and his success in the Jerry Mulligan Jazz Challenge here. This month, we are excited to announce that Zeb has been chosen as a member of the 2021 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

According to the Monterey Herald, NGJO was created in 1971 by the Monterey Jazz Festival in keeping with their mission of jazz education.  Described as “an internationally-renowned high school band,” NGJO consists of talented young musicians from all over the country.  The list of former ensemble members includes impressive names like Benny Green, Patrice Rushen, Joshua Redman, and Ambrose Akinmusire. As a part of the ensemble, musicians generally participate in a weekend of rehearsals followed by an international or domestic tour and concluding with a performance in the Monterey Jazz Festival in September.  This year, members will engage in three weeks of virtual connection rather than in-person performances, but will still meet in September to perform their grand finale at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Zeb is one of only 20 musicians selected for the 2021 NGJO, and we couldn’t be more proud.  His ambitious attitude and incredible talent are an inspiration to our artistic community. Congratulations to Zeb for the work he put into auditioning for NGJO and for his continued success!

Click here to read more about the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and to view the 2021 roster.