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2021 Young Jazz Artist Competition

What: 2021 Young Jazz Artist Competition

The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2021 Young Jazz Artist Competition. The winning Young Jazz Artist will perform with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra on May 18, 2021 on a livestreamed concert.

The competition is open to musicians, middle school age and older, who have not reached their 22nd birthday on or before May 18, 2021, and who perform bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone, piano, or saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, or baritone) instruments.

For the preliminary round, competitors must submit a recorded audition that includes two improvised solos with live or recorded accompaniment such as Jamey Aebersold recordings. One recording should include four choruses of blues in any key in a jazz (swing) style and the other should contain two choruses of a well-known jazz standard (not blues) in any key at any tempo (Latin styles and ballads are acceptable). For drummers, demonstrate a 30-second groove with some fills and kicks followed by a brief solo in the following styles: funk, fast swing, shuffle, and samba. Applications and recordings must be received by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Finalists will be invited to a live audition on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1200 S 40th St, Lincoln, NE.

The winner will receive a $250 prize, the opportunity to perform with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra on May 18, 2021 at the Auld Center in Antelope Park, and recognition in the program. The runner-up will receive a $100 prize and recognition in the program.

For more information, please contact the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra office at (402) 477-8446 or email [email protected] Application forms are available to download here.

March 18 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm
NE United States
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