For 42 years secondary school students from throughout New Zealand and overseas have gathered to compete for trophies at the National Youth Jazz Competition held as part of the National Jazz Festival Tauranga.

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We invite you to register for the 42nd National Youth Jazz Competition!


The Tauranga Jazz Society are very excited to be staging the 42nd National Youth Jazz Competition in 2019. We look forward to having you join us.

Please note: Unlike previous years the 2019 National Youth Jazz Competition will occur two weeks prior to the National Jazz Festival being held at Easter.


When: Friday 5th April – Saturday 6 April 2019


Friday 5 April

- 8:30am - 5pm (approx.) Combos in X Space Theatre
- 10.00am – 5pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre
- Concert 7-8.30pm featuring Sumo Jazz with guest judges

Saturday 6 April

- 8.30am – 4pm (approx.) Combos in X Space Theatre
- 8.30am – 4pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre
- Prizegiving: Saturday 6 April 5.00pm

Where: Tauranga at the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga

- Combo Competition: Baycourt X Space Theatre
Big Band Competiton: Baycourt Addison Theatre



2019 Test Pieces


Combo Section


BLUE SEVEN by Sonny Rollins

Listen to the original recording from ‘Saxophone Colossus’ by Sonny Rollins, recorded in 1956 featuring Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone, Tommy Flanagan – Piano,

Doug Watkins – Bass and the great Max Roach – drums.

Strive to copy the overall feeling of the track.

Transcribe Sonny Rollins solo, transcribe part of Max Roach’s drum solo.

Also check out other versions to get more ideas for soloing:

Houston Person & Ron Carter
Shirley Scott





Big Band Section


TIMELINE by Jeff Jarvis

Medium swing chart, scored at a medium level in the swing style of Count Basie / Woody Herman; a straight-ahead minor tune with a memorable melody that will fit into any programme setting.


Tempo mark: quarter notes = 132, but the chart also works at a brighter tempo of quarter notes = 152.

The chart has solid ensemble writing, an open solo section, comping for solos, big band drums fills and a roaring shout chorus.


Purchase from:

On this website there is also a recorded version of Timeline.





Your registration fee will provide you with access to a programme specifically designed for National Youth Jazz Competition competitors which includes onstage workshops and a concert.

Registration fee is $35.00 per person for participating students, stage hands, Big Band Leaders and accompanying staff.

We will email an invoice to you upon receipt of the completed registration form. This will confirm your registration. We appreciate your early payment. All fees must be paid by 22 February 2019.




National Youth Jazz Competition is not responsible for cancellations or the inability of a school to travel due to weather, threat of terrorism, act of God and other events beyond National Youth Jazz Competition control.

If you wish to withdraw your registration prior to the event you will need to notify the National Youth Jazz Competition Director in writing by the registration closing date of 15 February 2019. There will be no refunds after this date. Please note that refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee.




The National Youth Jazz Competition reserve the right to alter the venues, times, or event programming whenever it sees fit. Every attempt will be made to notify any changes to an affected competitor via email and all such changes will be placed on the website and the National Youth Jazz Competition Facebook page.



Competition rules: The National Youth Jazz Competition Rules may be viewed here


Registrations close: Friday 22 February 2019 at 4pm, or once limited spaces have been filled.


All information to be provided by this time, including one copy of music scores emailed to [email protected]

We will keep you up-to-date by newsletter and via the National Youth Jazz Competition Facebook page.

If you have any queries feel free to contact us.


Kind regards

Liam Ryan

Manager National Youth Jazz Competition

Liam Mobile: 021 042 1322 or Mandy 0274 533 425

Address: PO Box 2057, Tauranga 3140