IHS51 Jazz Horn Competition


There will be two rounds to this competition, both taking place at IHS 51:

first round: Tuesday 2 July, Miry Café, 9:30

second round (public): Tuesday 2 July, Miry Café, 14:00

 

Judges (first round): Jeffrey Snedeker, Marie-Anne Standaert, Tom Varner, Kaatje Chiers

Judges (second round): Jeffrey Snedeker, Marie-Anne Standaert, Steven Schaughency

 

Mission: To promote the performance of jazz styles and improvisation for the horn.

 

Age requirements: candidates must be under 29 years old on 30 June 2019

 

Registration: up to 1 June, 2019 through the online form.

 

Awards:

Winner of the IHS51 Jazz horn competition receives a full refund of his/her IHS51 registration fee.

 

Jazz Competition Rules and Regulations

  • All competitors must be registered for IHS51 by June 1, 2019.
  • All competitors are responsible for his/her own travel, room and board, IHS 50 registration, etc.
  • The IHS 51 Jazz Competition Committee has the right to cancel a winner at no cost to the IHS 51 Symposium if the winner fails to abide by all Jazz Competition Rules and Regulations.
  • A ceremony (date TBD) will be held during IHS 51 where all winners will be honored.
  • Each competitor will receive written adjudicators’ comments on their performance.
  • The host is allowed to cancel the Jazz competition if less than 3 candidates register for the competition.

 

2019 Jazz Horn Competition List of Required Selections

 

Medium swing: Autumn Leaves (in concert G minor; Aebersold Vol 54)

Up-tempo swing: Oleo (Ken’s Jazz Lounge)

Ballad: Willow Weep For Me ( Ken’s Jazz Lounge)

Latin: Corcovado (Quiet Nights) (Ken’s Jazz Lounge)

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND (Tuesday 2 July at 9:30, Miry Café)

Up to SIX finalists will be chosen for the Final Round. Participants will perform two (2) selections: a required Blues and a tune of contrasting style chosen by the performer from the list of required selections.  Performers will play with recorded accompaniment and be evaluated on the following three aspects of playing:

  • Style and Phrasing, including accuracy and variety of expression, articulation, stylistic inflection, and interpretation
  • Technical aspects of playing, especially Tone, Intonation, and Time/Rhythm
  • Solo/Improvisation skills, including melodic and harmonic elements and enhancements to the performance, and progression and creativity of ideas

 

Use of RECORDED ACCOMPANIMENT

Recorded play-alongs will be provided at the competition venue.  Play-alongs used in this round are listed for each selection, found in:

 

Ken’s Jazz Lounge, Krug Park Music: http://www.krugparkmusic.com/

Jamie Aebersold playalongs: http://www.jazzbooks.com/

 

PDFs for leadsheets for horn in F are provided via links above.  Play-along tracks must be obtained by individual participants on their own for practice, but, as stated above, tracks from these specific volumes will be used and provided at the competition.  PLEASE NOTE: Performers are not required to perform the number of choruses presented on the respective recordings, but may not exceed them.

 

FINAL ROUND—with LIVE RHYTHM SECTION, NO REHEARSAL (Tuesday July at 14:00 – Café Miry)

Finalists will choose two (2) selections from the required list above.  Finalists will be evaluated on Final Round performances only—there is no benefit or penalty for playing the same or different tunes from in the Preliminary Round.

 

There shall be no rehearsals or any other contact with rhythm section performers in advance of the Final Round—

Finalists will indicate their arrangement of each tune to the rhythm section at the time of their performance (it’s a part of the gig).

 

Performers will be evaluated on the following four aspects of playing:

  • Style and Phrasing, including accuracy and variety of expression, articulation, stylistic inflection, and interpretation
  • Technical aspects of playing, especially Tone, Intonation, and Time/Rhythm
  • Solo/Improvisation skills, including melodic and harmonic elements and enhancements to the performance, and progression and creativity of ideas
  • Precision, Expression, and Interaction with live performers, including clarity of arrangement and overall performance