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We invite you to register for the 45th National Youth Jazz Competition!

The Tauranga Jazz Society are very excited to be staging the 45th National Youth Jazz Competition in Easter 2023.

We have 22 coveted trophies for best in competition, prizes including $1200 cash prizes plus bronze, silver and gold awards not to mention an exciting programme of performances, on-stage workshops for all bands plus the new Superstar Jam for students on the outdoor stage at Wharf Street, Downtown Tauranga.

We look forward to having you join us. 

When: Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 April 2023


Tues 4 April    10am-5pm        Big Band & Combo Competition Addison Theatre

        5-8pm            Superstar Jam at Wharf Street, Downtown Tauranga

Wed 5 April    9.05am-5pm        Combo Competition X Space Theatre

        9.15am-5pm        Big Band Competition Addison Theatre   

        5-8pm            Superstar Jam at Wharf Street, Downtown Tauranga

Thu 6 April    9.05-4.30pm        Combo    Competition X Space Theatre

        9.15am-4.30pm    Big Band Competition Addison Theatre   

        5.30-6.30pm        Prizegiving   

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


Combo Section

SUGAR (instrumental version) – by Stanley Turrentine 

Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet, Stanley Turrentine – Tenor Saxophone, George Benson – Guitar, Lonnie Smith – Electric Piano, Ron Carter – Bass, Billy Kaye – Drums.

Listen here: https://youtu.be/oLaIrVB1av4

SUGAR (vocal version) – Jon Hendricks

Vocal- Jon Hendricks, Trumpet -Wynton Marsalis, Piano – Larry Goldings, Drum – Jimmy Cobb, Upright Bass – Tyler Mitchell, Vocal – Aria Hendricks, Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine.

Vocalist can scat or we suggest they learn one or two choruses of Jon Hendricks scat / vocalise.

Listen here: https://youtu.be/GqRJ9KaJ5Fw

Big Band Section

ARNGE DRANK – by Paul Baker

Rock/Funk- Medium

Arnge Drank – Orange Drink with an ATTITUDE! This funky chart starts with a piano riff to set up the rhythm groove before the trumpet and altos hit with the melody. Trombones and low saxes support with counterpoint. After the trombones take us through the bridge the saxes again state the melody in a dramatic stop time section that moves into the trumpet and trombone solos. After a drum solo the bari and bass trombone shine as they set the funky foundation for the shout chorus. A return of the piano riff sets up the final melodic statement and dramatic coda. Trumpet range to written High C. Trombone to G.

Listen and download at:  https://www.ejazzlines.com

Competition rules: The National Youth Jazz Competition Rules have been changed for 2023. The 2023 set piece ARNGE DRANK is a rock funk piece so the three own choice pieces must be 1) a ballad, 2) a swing piece, and 3) a latin, funk or modern jazz piece. 

This is the Rule change:

  1. Each Jazz Big Band competing in the Big Band competition must play FOUR pieces:

    (i) Set piece. This item will be set each year by the Head Judge with the Tauranga Jazz Society Youth Jazz Committee. Information re availability will be notified via entry forms. This item will include an open section for solos, and at least 3 soloists must be featured.

    (ii) own choice – ballad (iii) own choice – latin, jazz rock, funk or modern jazz 

(iv) own choice – swing

The Updated Rules may be downloaded here from website https://www.nationalyouthjazz.org.nz/competition-rules/

Registrations close: Friday 3 March 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.


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

Registration fee is $25.00 per person for participating students, stagehands, 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 20 March 2023.


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  Friday 3 March. There will be no refunds after this date. Please note that refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. 

If you have any queries, feel free to contact us.

Kind regards

Liam Ryan 

Director National Youth Jazz Competition

Liam Mobile: 021 042 1322 or Mandy 0274 533 425 

Address: PO Box 2057, Tauranga 3140


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