London International Jazz Competition
| Various articles | 2006-02-23
| LONDON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COMPETITION|
THE COMPETITION - The London International Jazz Competition (LIJC) for vocalists, is set to become a significant annual event on the International Jazz calendar. This year's events run from 18 to 26 March at some of London's premier jazz venues. (details below).
THE JURY includes the UK's award-winning vocalist Ian Shaw; with Lee Gibson and Tina May, two of Britain's finest jazz vocalists; Ursula Malewski, Executive Director of the LIJC and Managing Director of MEhr Clef; vocalists Pete Churchill and Adam Sieff, Jazz Consultant with Sony BMG Music International, Dune Records and DDE Records. Patron is Humphrey Lyttelton: bandleader, broadcaster and musician.
THE SEMI-FINALISTS: 12 candidates have now been chosen from the 107 participants from over 25 countries who entered this competition. Congratulations to the following vocalists, who have made selection to the LIJC semi-finals to be held on Saturday 18 March at London's Vortex Jazz Club:
Dan Barnett (Australian) firstname.lastname@example.org www.danbarnett.com.au
Rachel Brand (British) email@example.com www.rachelbrand.com
Martin Breeze (Australian) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Brous (Australian) email@example.com www.noise.net/sophiebrous
Mon David (Filipino) firstname.lastname@example.org www.candidrecords.com.ph
Torsten Goods (German) email@example.com www.torstengoods.de
Winnie Greer (British) Winnie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose James (American) email@example.com
Birgitte Laugesen (Danish) firstname.lastname@example.org www.birgittelaugesen.dk
Heidi Martin (American) email@example.com www.heidimartin.com
Maria Weber (German) Marya_weber@yahoo.com
Six finalists from the above will then perform on 22 March for the LIJC award at Chelsea's Cadogan Hall, one of London's most prestigious concert venues. Presented by popular saxophonist Alan Barnes, the finals are to be recorded either by the sponsors and/or media partnership for broadcasting.
THE MUSICIANS for the vocalists in both the semi-final and final will be Pete Churchill, Jeff Clyne and Trevor Tomkins, three UK jazz musicians of international repute, with musical comedian extraordinaire Earl Okin performing during the judges' recess.
THE PRIZES: The winner will receive the award of LIJC Jazz Vocalist 2006, a cash prize and engagements following the competition: Thursday 23 March at Jagz in Ascot and Sunday 26 March at the 606 Club in Chelsea.
An additional prize, The Gibson May Award, will be presented for the Most Impressive Performance of an individual song by either a semi-finalist or finalist. The recipient will perform mini sets with the winner at the above venues.
Semi-finals: Saturday 18 March 2-6.30pm
The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH 0207 254 4097 www.vortexjazz.co.uk
Finals: Wednesday 22 March 7-10pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ 0207 730 4500 www.cadoganhall.com
Thursday 23 March
Jagz Club, Station Hill, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9EG 01344 878 100 www.jagz.co.uk
Sunday 26 March
606 Club, 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 OQD 0207 352 5953 www.606club.co.uk
Tickets available from the above venues
SPONSOR, MEhr Clef, produces jazz courses, masterclasses, workshops, tuition and live events. Contact Ursula Malewski on 0208 997 4050 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mehrclef.com
PROGRAMMES: A special souvenir programme will be available at the venues. Advertisers please contact Ursula Malewski at the above
BACKGROUND: The application deadline for this year's competitors was 30th November 2005. 107 applications were received from UK, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and USA. All applicants were of an exceptionally high and professional standard.
The competition was open to vocalists born on or before 1 March 1988, in possession of a professional CD or demo with three contrasting tracks. A list of recent performances, two recommendations from teachers and/or fellow musicians, publicity material and press releases were submitted for consideration.