2021 Youth Competition Registrations

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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 2021. We look forward to having you join us.


When: Wednesday 31 March to Thursday 1 April 2021


Wednesday 31 March

8:30am – 5.15pm (approx.) Big Bands and Combos in Addison Theatre

6 – 8 pm Dine & Jam at Our Place


Thursday 1 April

8:30am – 4pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre

9.00am – 4pm (approx.) Combos in X Space

5.00pm Prizegiving

8pm National Jazz Festival Concert (free ticket included with registration)


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




Combo Section

Mr P.C. 

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


Competition rules: The National Youth Jazz Competition Rules may be downloaded here from website


Registrations close: Friday 28 February 2021 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 

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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