In an effort to support JEN’s overall commitment to represent and cultivate diversity and inclusion in jazz, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Women in Jazz Committee has re-established the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo Competition. Through this exemplary program, full-time university students identifying as young women or non-binary jazz artists ages 18-29 will audition and be selected to perform in the Sisters in Jazz quintet.
2021 Sisters in Jazz Selectees will rehearse and receive feedback from this year’s director, Ingrid Jensen, via online platforms. The quintet will prepare two charts to record and premier at the 2021 JEN Conference hosted online in January.
Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.
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Sisters in Jazz alumnae include such renowned artists as Sara Caswell, Dawn Clement, Anat Cohen, Anne Drummond, Rosana Eckert, Tia Fuller, Linda May Han Oh, Tina Raymond, Chihiro Yamanaka, and many more.
Rehearsal online via Zoom. Selectees will premier a pre-recorded performance at the 2021 JEN Conference hosted online in January.
All applicants must be:
All applicants must submit the following by September 15th:
1.An application form
2. Recording Submission: Preferred format mp3 (M4A or wav files also accepted)
Four individual audio recording files of your best playing, total recording time not to exceed 25 minutes. (Video recordings not accepted.):
Vocalists and horn players: play the head, take several choruses of solo and take the head out.
Pianists, bassists and guitarists: comp the changes or walk a chorus before soloing if not also accompanying a horn or vocal soloist and demonstrating those abilities. Using an existing recording that is not specifically in this format will be also be accepted, however.
Drummers: Everyone should play “Now’s the Time” as the blues selection and play the melody orchestrated around the set on the head in and out. Blues and rhythm changes should include trading 4s or full chorus solos. One tune, either blues or rhythm changes should include time playing with brushes as well as sticks. If some individual tracks are longer and include several soloists, indicate on the application at what time trading or solo choruses begin on those tracks.
3. One letter of recommendation
4. A bio, resume, or CV listing pertinent musical experiences.
5. A copy of college transcript or other proof of concurrent full-time enrollment in an accredited college, university, or conservatory (a minimum of 12 undergraduate or six graduate hours)
Applications Closed until March 2021
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