Jazz Horn Competition IHS 50

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Mission: To promote the performance of jazz styles and improvisation for the horn, specifically:

 

  • Style and Phrasing, including accuracy and variety of expression, articulation, stylistic inflection, and interpretation
  • Technical aspects of playing, especially Tone, Intonation, and Time/Rhythm
  • Solo/Improvisation skills, including melodic and harmonic elements and enhancements to the performance, and progression and creativity of ideas
  • Precision, Expression, and Interaction with live performers, where appropriate, including clarity of arrangement and overall performance

 

There will be two rounds to this competition, both taking place at IHS 50.  All participants must be registered for the full symposium.

 

2018 Jazz Horn Competition List of Required Selections

  • Blues: Now’s The Time (in concert F <leadsheet link>; Aebersold Vol 6)
  • One (1) contrasting selection chosen from:

            Medium swing:           Autumn Leaves (in concert G minor <leadsheet link>; Aebersold Vol 54)

            Up-tempo swing:        Oleo (Ken’s Jazz Lounge)

            Ballad                          Willow Weep For Me (Ken’s Jazz Lounge)

            Latin                            Corcovado (Quiet Nights) (Ken’s Jazz Lounge)

 

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND

 

Up to SIX finalists will be chosen for the Final Round. Participants will perform two (2) selections: a required Blues and a tune of contrasting style chosen by the performer from the list of required selections.  Performers will play with recorded accompaniment and be evaluated on the following three aspects of playing:

  • Style and Phrasing, including accuracy and variety of expression, articulation, stylistic inflection, and interpretation
  • Technical aspects of playing, especially Tone, Intonation, and Time/Rhythm
  • Solo/Improvisation skills, including melodic and harmonic elements and enhancements to the performance, and progression and creativity of ideas

 

Use of RECORDED ACCOMPANIMENT

Recorded play-along accompaniments will be used only in the Preliminary Round. Recorded play-alongs will be provided at the competition venue.  Play-alongs used in this round are listed for each selection, found in:

 

Ken’s Jazz Lounge, Krug Park Music: http://www.krugparkmusic.com/ 

Jamie Aebersold playalongs: http://www.jazzbooks.com/

 

Ken’s Jazz Lounge has leadsheets for horn in F, so performers must purchase the book and CD from the website above or create their own leadsheet (in concert F).  Since Aebersold volumes do not contain parts in F, PDFs are provided via links above.  Play-along tracks must be obtained by individual participants on their own for practice, but, as stated above, tracks from these specific volumes will be used and provided at the competition.  PLEASE NOTE: Performers are not required to perform the number of choruses presented on the respective recordings, but may not exceed them.

 

 

FINAL ROUND—with LIVE RHYTHM SECTION, NO REHEARSAL

Finalists will choose two (2) selections from the required list above.  Finalists will be evaluated on Final Round performances only—there is no benefit or penalty for playing the same or different tunes from in the Preliminary Round. 

 

There shall be no rehearsals or any other contact with rhythm section performers in advance of the Final Round—Finalists will indicate their arrangement of each tune to the rhythm section at the time of their performance (it’s a part of the gig).

 

Performers will be evaluated on the following four aspects of playing:

  • Style and Phrasing, including accuracy and variety of expression, articulation, stylistic inflection, and interpretation
  • Technical aspects of playing, especially Tone, Intonation, and Time/Rhythm
  • Solo/Improvisation skills, including melodic and harmonic elements and enhancements to the performance, and progression and creativity of ideas
  • Precision, Expression, and Interaction with live performers, including clarity of arrangement and overall performance

 

 

Jazz Competition Rules and Regulations

  • All competitors must be registered for IHS 50 by May 1, 2018.
  • All competitors are responsible for his/her own travel, room and board, IHS 50 registration, etc. 
  • The competition will be held on TBA.
  • The IHS 50 Jazz Competition Committee has the right to cancel a winner at no cost to the IHS 50 Symposium if the winner fails to abide by all Jazz Competition Rules and Regulations.
  • A ceremony (date TBD) will be held during IHS 50 where all winners will be honored. 
  • Each competitor will receive written adjudicators' comments on their performance. 
  • If there are any questions, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..