YOUTH JAZZ COMPETITION
For 40 years the National Youth Jazz Competition has showcased the very best of emerging jazz players from across New Zealand. Over two days Combos and Big Bands from New Zealand Secondary Schools strut their stuff for trophies and awards. Past winners at these competitions include Nathan Haines, Hollie Smith and Matt Penman. This year we have two international judges on our judging panel (Matt Harris, renowned educator and current co-director of Jazz Studies at California State University Northridge, and Dewayne Pate Bassist with Robben Ford, Boz Scaggs). Head judge is Dr Rodger Fox. Stage performances will be streamed live on YouTube so you can follow the competition where ever you are - follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Watch out for our World Masters of Jazz and Funk Workshop on Thursday night – hear our overseas judges talk and show you techniques to play contemporary grooves. TICKETS $10 (free for competitors) Thursday 13 APRIL 7pm at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre.
PRIZEGIVING: Friday 14 April 4.30pm - 5.30pm features a cameo performance by University of Auckland Jazz students
BONUS 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Make sure you check out our exhibition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the National Youth Jazz Competition! On display in the Baycourt foyer from 3 April through to the end of the Festival. Themed ‘Dedication & Winning’ the exhibition will provide a visual journey of the band leaders and participants who have been part of our 40 year competition history.
Date: Date: Thursday, 13 April 2017 – Combos
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm approximately
Date: Friday, 14 April 2017 – Big Bands & Prize Giving
Time: 9.00am – 5.30pm approximately (Prize Giving 4.30pm – 5.30pm)