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NZSM Jazz Festival 2012 Improvisation Competition


Thu 16 Aug 2012, 7:30pm

Where: NZSM Concert Hall, Block 1, Massey University, Entrance C, Wallace Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

High School jazz soloists from all over New Zealand posted videos of their performances to as part of their application for this year's competition. NZSM Jazz staff Dr Rodger Fox and Dr Dave Lisik reviewed all of the entries and selected the finalists who will play this evening.

Four young finalists have been announced for this competition:
Jimmy Rainey, saxophone
Leonardo Coghini, piano
Tyaan Singh, saxophone
Daniel Reshtan, saxophone

The finalists will each play four tunes to show off their improvisational skills, backed by an NZSM faculty rhythm section. The adjudicators will be our guest artists for the NZSM Jazz Festival: Bennie Maupin and Dick Oatts. 

The winner is likely to be invited onstage during the NZSM Jazz Festival to play a set with one of the performing groups in either the lunchtime concert or workshops, or as part of the JazzJazzJazz concert on Friday evening. The winner will also take home a special trophy.

[The photo above shows the 2011 Improvisation Competition winner, Tyaan Singh, performing in the evening concert with the NZSM Big Band. Tyaan is again a finalist this year. A video of his performance is available on the NZSM Vimeo channel.]

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