Jazz Arts Group is looking for Ohio’s finest young musicians to participate in the 15th 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 JazZoo concert in Summer 2017
  • 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.

Important dates:

  • Audition submission deadline:  April 7th, 2017. All submissions must be received by 5:00 PM on April 7th, 2017 – no late submissions will be accepted.
  • First round audition notification: by April 21, 2017
  • Finals: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Finals will take place at the Jazz Academy, 4th floor of the Lincoln Theatre complex, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203.

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.

How to Apply:

  • Fill out the online application, available HERE, upload your electronic files, and submit with your secure electronic $25.00 payment.
  • Electronic submissions must be received by 5:00 PM on April 7th, 2017.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Audition Submissions:

All entrants: (except drummers, vocalists and bassists) submit three (3) selections from the Jamey Aebersold collection of play-alongs (see below for tips on selecting tunes); select a jazz standard, a 12-bar blues, and a selection of your choice.  Entire audition recording should not exceed 20 minutes.

Drummers:  Record two 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 your third selection, provide evidence of a medium swing, trade 4s for 32 bars (4 bars time / 4 bars fill).  Entire Audition recording should not exceed 20 minutes.

Bassists: Record two 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, provide a 12-bar blues of your choice: 1 chorus melody, 1 chorus walking bass line, 1 chorus solo on blues changes and 1 chorus melody.  Entire audition recording should not exceed 20 minutes.

Vocalists: Record three selections of your choice from Aebersold Play-a-Long Volume 107, Volume 113, or Volume 117. Selections should demonstrate contrasting styles. Entire audition recording should not exceed 20 minutes.

Audition Tips:

  • When choosing selections from the Jamey Aebersold collection of play-alongs, consider selecting from Volume 54, “Maiden Voyage”, which contains many good examples of common jazz standards. Click HERE to purchase.
  • For the complete “Rapid Reference” sheet of all Aebersold selections, including song titles, tempos and song types (Blues, Standard, etc.), click HERE.
  • Jamey Abersold’s list of songs for beginners contains many titles suitable for your audition. Download HERE.
  • There are many ways to record your audition, from an iPhone recording to a portable recorder such as a Zoom or similar device, or even a recording in a full studio. However, a high-quality recording will best represent your playing, and a sub-par recording could hinder the success of  your audition. For questions on how to record your audition selections, please ask your band director/private teacher, or don’t hesitate to contact Zach Compston, Jazz Arts Group Director of Education and Community Engagement at zcompston@jazzartsgroup.org.