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.

Over that time we have hosted thousands of talented performers and been privileged to have some of the world’s best jazz exponents on our judging panels. We have staged memorable workshops and we have produced some of the nation’s most outstanding jazz players – many of whom are now professional players around the world.

The four components of the National Youth Jazz Competition are:

  • Big Band Competition
  • Combo Competition
  • Prizegiving
  • Concert

The National Youth Jazz Competition is open to all secondary school students and is held at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga.

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COVID-19 Update

New dates for 2020 National Youth Jazz Competition

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August 2020

In the wake of COVID-19 we will work with Ministry of Health to ensure a safe environment is maintained at all times for students and adults attending the National Youth Jazz Competition being held at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre. We have a number of contingency options for delivering the event including livestreaming.

We hope you can join us at Tauranga in August!

Tauranga Jazz Society