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National Jazz Instrumental Competition Accepting Applications

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 30, 2018

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The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is accepting submissions for its annual National Jazz Instrumental Competition, which is open to trombonists, tubists and baritonists, 35 years old and younger. This is the eighth consecutive year the Festival is hosting an instrumental competition in an effort to give up-and-coming, outstanding musicians the opportunity to win a performance slot at the Detroit Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend.

In keeping with the tradition of honoring a jazz legacy in conjunction with the competition, this year’s competition — The Detroit Jazz Festival Curtis Fuller National Jazz Trombone/Low Brass Competition —is in honor of Curtis Fuller’s lifetime of artistry and leadership. In order to be considered for the competition, the work of submitting artists must reflect the commitment to tradition and search for originality that are tenants of Fuller’s virtuosity.

Fuller, a trombonist, composer and bandleader, has made a significant impact on the genre over the course of his more than 60-year career. He attended Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, and went on to be a member of impressive collaborations, including becoming a founding member of Jazztet with Art Farmer and Benny Golson in the beginning of Fuller’s career, followed by joining Jazz Messengers, and later working closely with John Coltrane.

“With a rich history as one of the brightest lights in the Detroit story, and as a brilliant trombonist that has given so much to our beloved genre, Curtis Fuller is the perfect artist to center this year’s instrumental competition,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. “This competition is just one aspect of our Festival programming that stays true to the genre’s roots and it continues to grow in interest and the level of submissions each year. We hope to receive an even more powerful group of submissions in 2018.”

To be considered for the competition, applicants must submit up to three tracks featuring solo work with any size ensemble by July 9, 2018, be 35 years old or younger as of August 3, 2018, participate in the semi-finals in Detroit (if selected as a finalist), and be available to perform at the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans

The grand prize recipient will receive $2,000, a performance slot at the Festival on Saturday, Septe,ber 1, on the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage, acknowledgements in the Festival’s program and on its website, and VIP status during Labor Day weekend. Two runner-ups will each receive $500.

Submissions are accepted at or can be sent via mail (with attention to 2018 National Instrumental Competition) to the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation at 19908 Harper Avenue, Harper Woods, MI 48225.

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