ANNUAL JAZZ UNLIMITED SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION occurs on the 3rd Sunday in March
Jazz Unlimited of Greater Milwaukee offers scholarships to deserving High School and Pre-High School JAZZ Musicians. Musicians MUST Be in High School or Pre-High School in the year the Competition is held. We ask you to help us get the word out to them. Encourage them to compete and share their talents! Please post or share this information specifically for students in High School or Pre-High School.
Guidelines and Requirements
The following $9000 in scholarships will be awarded on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Auditions begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Address venue to be confirmed at a later time. Entry Deadline is 1st Friday in March
- 1 - $1,500 Wayne “Zim” Zimmermann Showmanship Award - High School or Pre-High School Students
- 1 - $1,000 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser Best Reed Player Award - High School or Pre-High School Students (Reed Instruments ONLY !)
- 1 - $1,000 Best Jazz Vocalist Award - High School or Pre-High School Students
- 1 - $750 Most Unique & Original Vocalist Award - High School or Pre-High School Students
- 3 - $750 Best Instrumentalist Awards - High School or Pre-High School Students
- 1 - $750 “Taps for VETERANS” Bill Seaman Best Horn Player Award - High School or Pre-High School Students (Trumpet or Flugelhorn ONLY !)
- 1 - $750 Frank DeMiles (Dominguez) Memorial Award - Piano and/or Vocal - High School or Pre-High School Students
- 2 - $500 Theodore "Ted" Peppas Memorial Youth Award for 15 year old and younger Jazz Students ONLY. (Student MUST be 15 Years Old or Younger in the year of the Competition)
Audition Information / Times – The applicant must arrange for their own recorded or live solo accompanist. Original music pieces are NOT Allowed. A CD player will be furnished to play WAV songs and a Laptop to play digital recordings, (WAV, MP3, MP4). Use of CELL PHONES for accompaniment is NOT Allowed! Applicants May NOT use the Judges or Internet Sources for accompaniment.
Songs Must be a Minimum of 2 Minutes Long But NO Longer than 4 Minutes.
Each Applicant will perform 2 songs.
The Applicant’s “Performance Order” will be determined by a random drawing prior to the competition. Initially, the Category of Instrument will be drawn, then, the Order of the Performer within each Category will be determined. Applicants MUST be present at 12:45. Applicants will be informed of the “Performance Order” at this time or earlier if possible. Applicants will also be afforded a 30 Second “Warm-up” to set sound levels, patches, etc. which is NOT part of the Competition.
Winners are encouraged to use the Scholarship Money for Jazz-Related Activities (Camps, Lessons, Instruments, etc.). Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Competition.
Winners of the various categories will be invited to perform at the April JAZZ JAM.
Instrumental Applicants should select a ballad and an up tempo Jazz Related rhythm piece to play. The judges look for applicant's ability to present the melody accurately in addition to their own uniqueness and improvisation.
Vocalist Applicants should select a ballad and an up tempo Jazz Related rhythm piece to sing. The judges look for applicant's quality of voice, pitch control and originality in their presentation.
Musical Aptitude – The applicant should demonstrate an above average ability to play their instrument or sing jazz vocals at their grade or age level as well as have a particular interest in jazz music. Optional: Letter of Recommendation.
Drummers should demonstrate the ability to play brushes and sticks in different Jazz Related rhythms. A Drum Kit will be provided or Drummers may set up and use their own kit. Drummers must supply their own sticks and brushes. Drummers may configure the supplied kit in any manner they choose but they are not allowed to tune the drums. Please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair Person in advance for details about setting up.
Mike Mecha is the Scholarship Chair Person: (414) 840-2224 MikeMecha@jazzunlimitedmke.org
You may download the official Jazz Unlimited student application form when we get closer to the actual competition. Please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions.
While it is the Applicant’s choice as to the selections you play, the following pieces are ONLY suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions you have about selections:
Stardust - Nat King Cole / Various
Willow Weep for Me - Billie Holiday
Body and Soul - Billie Holiday / Anita Baker
Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
My Romance - Ella Fitzgerald / Tony Bennet
That's All - Nat King Cole
This Masquerade - George Benson
Europa - Gato Barbieri
Skylark - Paul Desmond / Ella Fitzgerald
At Last - Etta James
Cry Me A River - Ella Fitzgerald / Michael Buble
Time After Time - Cindy Lauper / Miles Davis
Fever - Ella Fitzgerald / Beyonce
Misty - Ella Fitzgerald / Various
Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington / Al Jurreau
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra / Michael Buble
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra / Michael Buble
Rhythm Pieces Uptempo
Back At The Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
Cheek to Cheek - Frank Sinatra
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
Birdland - Weather Report
Straight Life - Freddie Hubbard
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderly
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
I Want You - Gato Barbieri
Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Acknowledgement - John Coltrane
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Gonna Fly Now - Maynard Ferguson / Bill Conti
In The Groove - Richard Elliot
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Stormy Monday - Bobbie “Blue” Bland / Various
Mister Magic - Grover Washington