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Hank Marr High School Jazz Award

Hank-MarrJazz Arts Group is looking for Ohio’s finest young musicians to participate in the 14th annual Hank Marr High School Jazz Award.

Sponsored by Crabbe, Brown & James, Jamey Aebersold & Stanton’s Sheet Music

Columbus musical legend Hank Marr was one of the world’s masters of the Hammond B-3 organ. Along with Hank’s celebrity status as a member of the jazz elite, he was a dedicated and gifted educator. In recognition of over fifty years as a performer, teacher, arranger and conductor, the Jazz Arts Group has established the Hank Marr High School Jazz Award as a tribute to this special individual. His willingness to “pass it on” makes the encouragement of young jazz artists an important and meaningful activity.

Grand Prize winner will be awarded:

  • The opportunity to perform as a guest soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at a 2016 JazZoo! performance
  • A $500 cash prize
  • Eight (8) Jamey Aebersold books

Runners-Up:

  • The two runners-up will receive eight (8) Jamey Aebersold books: four (4) to keep and four (4) to give to their school music program.

Audition Submissions

All entrants: (except drummers, vocalists and bassists) submit three (3) selections from the Jamey Aebersold collection of play-alongs; select a jazz standard, a 12-bar blues, and a selection of your choice. Audition recording should not exceed 20 minutes. Pianists: be sure to demonstrate your ability to accompany with chords in addition to soloing.

Drummers:  Record two (2) selections of your choice from ESSENTIAL STYLES FOR THE DRUMMER AND BASSIST, Vol I or Vol II by S. Houghton & T. Warrington (Alfred); select one swing selection and one contrasting style (use tracks without drums) For the third selection, play the following Billie’s Bounce blues choruses in a medium swing tempo: 1 chorus of time, 2 choruses of trading 4s, 1 choruses of improvised solo, repeat 1 chorus of time. Accompaniment may be live (strongly preferred) or recorded.

Bassists: Record two (2) selections of your choice from ESSENTIAL STYLES FOR THE DRUMMER AND BASSIST, Vol I or Vol II by S. Houghton & T. Warrington (Alfred); select one swing selection and one contrasting style (use tracks without bass). For your third selection, play four chourses of Billy’s Bounce in a medium swing tempo: 1 chorus of melody, 1 chorus walking bass line, 1 chorus improvised solo and 1 chorus melody. Audition recording should not exceed 20 minutes.

Vocalists: Record three (3) selections of your choice from the Jamey Aebersold play-alongs “IT HAD TO BE YOU” STANDARDS IN SINGER’S KEYS, Vol 107, maximum 20 minutes. Selections should demonstrate contrasting styles.


Submission Process & Eligibility

All Ohio students, grades 9-12, are eligible to apply. Individuals who have won the Hank Marr High School Jazz Award in the past two years are NOT eligible to participate.

Electronic Submission Proccess:

  1. Fill out the online application, upload your electronic files, and submit with your $25.00 application fee.
  2. Electronic submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 1, 2016. No late entries will be accepted.

All submissions will be evaluated by outstanding professional musicians/educators in a “blind” process. Three finalists will be selected. All entrants will be notified by April 15, 2016.


Finals

Date: April 30th, 2016, 11am

Location: Jazz Academy – 769 E. Long St. (4th Floor) Columbus, OH 43203

Finalists will perform with a professional rhythm section and judged by outstanding professional musicians/music educators. Finalists will perform one of their first round selections as well as a selection to be determined, of which the finalists will be notified on April 15th. Finalists must provide a short biographical paragraph and/or resume and photo at their final performance. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism; so please dress appropriately for the occasion.