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This is the Events Diary of gigs and events hosted by the Wellington Jazz Club, as well as other jazz gigs and jazz events around Wellington. To book tickets and tables go to Booking page on top menu.

Ken Avery Combo Competition 2013

18 August 2013

Sunday 18 August 2013 - 4.30pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe

This event is our annual Ken Avery Combo Competition.

Groups of students from the New Zealand School of Music will play jazz standards to compete for prizes.

This traditional Wellington jazz scene event is in memory of the famous local clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer renowned for elegant melodies and quirky titles such as “Paekakariki” and “The Gumboot Tango”. The competition began in the 1980s as an individual scholarship promoted by the president of the NZ Jazz Foundation and the then president of the Wellington Jazz Club, Bill Hamer.

Entry Criteria:
  • Entry is open to NZSM students only.
  • Young Musicians Programme students are eligible to enter.
  • Each student may only perform with one combo.
  • A 'combo' must have a minimum of three members and a maximum of eight.
  • Each group will prepare two contrasting pieces from the standard Jazz repertoire. This may include one original piece written in a style consistent with conventional Jazz idiom.
  • Judging will be based on technical proficiency, entertainment value, overall musicianship, original handling of standards and programming suitable for the target audience.
  • Total performance time must not exceed 12 minutes.
  • Each entrant will receive one complimentary ticket to any Wellington Jazz Club Gig..
  • The cut-off date for entry is 26 July 2013.
  • Entry forms are available at the New Zealand School of Music in Mt Cook and must be lodged at their office before closing date.

With the entry application, contestants must provide publicity material consisting of:
  • A brief 'blurb' about the band, stating personnel, band history and repertoire information.
  • A digital photo (jpeg) of your group for use by the Wellington Jazz Club in their newsletter and on their website.

Judges: TBC

1st prize $1200, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $300. Vouchers from Musicworks may be awarded at judges discretion

Which Jazz combo at the New Zealand School of Music has the greatest groove, the tightest ensemble playing, and the newest energy and vision for the jazz standards we all know and love?

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