Every city has its own jazz sound, and for Columbus, it’s undoubtedly the sound of the B3 organ and the tenor saxophone. Star organist Bobby Floyd and his band will tell a musical story about two legends of the B3/Tenor combination from Columbus, the late Hank Marr and Gene Walker. From opening for the Beatles at Shea Stadium to making
Hank Marr High School Jazz Award
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. This award will recognize an outstanding high school musicians and their dedication jazz performance.
Grand Prize winner will be awarded:
- The opportunity to perform as a guest soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at a 2020-21 concert.
- A $500 cash prize
- Eight (8) Jamey Aebersold books
- 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 submission deadline: April 30, 2021
- First round audition notification: May 7, 2021
- Finals: Saturday, May 22, 2021– Jazz Academy (Columbus, Ohio)
- All participants in the live final round must participate in a CDC symptom questionnaire upon arrival, wear a mask, and adhere to social distancing guidelines when in the Jazz Academy space. Vocalists and wind players may remove their masks only when actively performing.
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 solo). 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.
- 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.
- Jamey Abersold’s list of songs for beginners contains many titles suitable for your audition. Download HERE.
- For the complete “Rapid Reference” sheet of all Aebersold selections, including song titles, tempos and song types (Blues, Standard, etc.), click 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You may choose to submit audio or video files for your audition. Keep in mind, only the audio will be shared with the judges in order to maintain a blind audition.