We invite you to register for the 43rd National Youth Jazz Competition!
The Tauranga Jazz Society are very excited to be staging the 43rd National Youth Jazz Competition in 2020. We look forward to having you join us.
When: Thursday 20 to Friday 21 August 2020
Thursday 20 August 8:30am – 5.15pm (approx.) Big Bands and Combos in Addison Theatre
Jazz Jam with judges and students 7-8.30pm
Friday 21 August 8:30am – 4pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre
9.00am – 4pm (approx.) Combos in X Space
Prizegiving: Thursday 9 April 5.00pm
National Jazz Festival Concert featuring the New Zealand Army Band 8pm (free ticket included with registration)
Where: Tauranga at the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga
2020 TEST PIECES
Composed by John Coltrane in 1959
First recorded on Giant Steps (1960)
Mr. P.C. is a twelve-bar minor blues in a swing feel in the key of C minor. On the original recording of Mr. P.C. the tempo is extremely fast, but there are several recordings where the tempo is more moderate. Choose a tempo that plays to the strengths of the performers, and maintain a swing feel appropriate for that tempo. There are several sample arrangements available on recordings and written charts, but original arrangements are welcome as long as they include a swing feel throughout, the twelve-bar minor blues form, and solo and/or collective improvisation.
- All Lead Sheets: Concert, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef
- Two backing tracks with one slowed down to 80%
- John Coltrane recorded version
- Bob Sheppard recorded version
Download all files here
Big Band Section
Groovemaker by Jeff Taylor - driving, straight-ahead jazz swinger with tight ensembles and roaring shout choruses.
Groovemaker is a straight-ahead jazz at a medium-up tempo. At 19 crisp brass articulations are very important for the right effect and be sure to observe the difference in dynamics on the two times through. At 45, solo space is provided for the 1st Alto and 2nd Trumpet and suggested written-out solos are included on these parts. If desired, other instruments could solo as well (tenor saxes using trumpet chord changes, trombones using rhythm section changes, etc.). Solos begin at bar 53. If your soloists desire to play longer solos simply repeat bars 45 to 69 but play the pick-up note at bar 69 and the background material from bars 45 to 54 only at the beginning of each new solo.
The figures utilized in the chart are fairly standard and should present few problems for younger players. The rhythm section should be careful at bars 9-12 of the intro as the back beat pattern is changed there. The drummer should continue playing the hi-hat on 2 and 4 and kick the written figure with the bass drum, snare drum and tom tom. The recording illustrates this perfectly. Insist on solid ffp’s at bar 45 and fp’s at 15, 69 and 77. Correctly played accents and articulations will help a great deal in achieving a good jazz feel.
You can purchase the score here https://www.ejazzlines.com/?q=groovemaker
Competition rules: The National Youth Jazz Competition Rules may be downloaded here
Registrations close: 31 July 2020 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.
Director National Youth Jazz Competition
Liam Mobile: 021 042 1322 or Mandy 0274 533 425
Address: PO Box 2057, Tauranga 3140