SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION INFORMATION 2023
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.
Almost $11,000 in Scholarships and Awards Were Given Out on Sunday, March 20, 2022. The 2023 Awards Are To Be Determined. The 2023 Competition Will Tentatively Be Held Sunday, March 19, 2023. SAVE THE DATE!
The Competition Will Tentatively Begin Promptly at 12:00 P.M. at Joe’s “K” Ranch, 4840 S. Whitnall Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110.
The Entry Deadline Is Tentatively Friday, March 10, 2023. APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED NOW !
ALL of the Following Awards are for High School or Pre-High School JAZZ GENRE Students:
AWARDS GIVEN OUT IN THE 2022 COMPETITION!! NEARLY $11,000
1 - $1,000 Mike D’Amore Vocalist Live Performance Memorial Award
1 - $1,000 Wayne “Zim” Zimmermann Showmanship Award
1 - $1,000 Augie Ray Best Jazz Vocalist Memorial Award
1 - $1,000 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser Best Reed Player Award - (Reed Instruments ONLY !)
1 - $750 Best Performer Award
1 - $750 Best Instrumentalist / Vocalist Award
1 - $750 Best Guitarist Award And $1000 worth of Lessons From the World Famous Dick Eliot
1 - 2nd Place Guitarist Award Receives $500 worth of Lessons From the World Famous Dick Eliot
1 - $750 Frank DeMiles (Dominguez) Memorial Award - Piano and/or Vocal
1 - $525 Jane Giliberty Drummer Award
1 - $500 Best Drummer Award
1 - $500 “Taps for VETERANS” Bill Seaman Best Horn Player Award
2 - $250 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)
9 - $50 Gift Certificates for the "K" Ranch
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 JAZZ JAM Sunday, April 23, 2023.
APPLICATION As a "PDF" Can Be Downloaded HERE
APPLICATION In "Word" Form Can Be Downloaded HERE
Link to JUDGING CRITERIA ALL CATEGORIES & PERFORMANCE HINTS 2023 HERE
Here is an Attachment That DEMONSTRATES Various Types of SHOWMANSHIP & PERFORMANCE ABILITY. Showmanship Has Been Lacking in Previous Years. These Clips May Help You In Establishing "CONNECTIVITY" With Your Audience !! Showmanship Clips
Tentative 2023 Judges:
Joe Turano - Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer/Arranger, Music Director for the Late Al Jarreau, Toured With Michael Bolton, Album Contributions to Rod Stewart, Cher, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker
Sue Russell - International Jazz Vocalist, Singing professionally since 9 years old. Part of 17 Piece "Allstar Superband". Plays Clarinet, Keys, and Guitar. Recently released her new CD.
Taras Nahirniak - Producer, Musical Director & Orchestrator of the Marvelous Show: Kids From Wisconsin. He is a freelance arranger and composer with numerous published works. He writes and composes for vocal groups, drum corps and marching bands in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Sherwood Alper – Singer, Drummer, Former Member of the Four Lads, Drummer With Skip Wagner - an Incredible Show and Comedy Production
Audition Information / Times – The Applicant MUST arrange for Their Own Accompanist/s or an Accompanist Provided by Jazz Unlimited – Jazz Unlimited Will Provide a KEYBOARD & DRUMMER Accompanist. Original music pieces are NOT Allowed. NO PRERECORDED MATERIAL WILL BE ALLOWED THIS YEAR. THE USE of CELL PHONES for accompaniment is NOT Allowed! Applicants May NOT use the Judges or Internet Sources for accompaniment.
Each Song Must be a Minimum of 2 Minutes Long But NO Longer than 3 Minutes.
Each Applicant Will Perform 1 or 2 Songs, Submitted by the Entry Deadline Date. The Scholarship Chair will determine whether 1 or 2 songs will be performed which is dependent on the number of applications and Time Constraints. THE APPLICANT WILL SELECT THE FIRST SONG WHICH WILL ALSO BE THE "SINGLE SONG" TO BE PERFORMED IN THE EVENT ONLY ONE SONG IS TO BE PERFORMED. THE SECOND SONG WILL ALSO BE SELECTED ON THE APPLICATION IN THE EVENT TWO SONGS WILL BE PERFORMED.
The Applicant’s “Performance Order” will be determined by the Scholarship Chair prior to the competition. All Applicants MUST arrive no later than 15 Minutes, (But are Encouraged to Arrive 1 Hour), Before the Scheduled Start of the Competition. 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. Applicants are encouraged to remain until the end of the Competition to receive their award.
Instrumental Applicants should select a ballad and/or 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. A Keyboard, Guitar and Bass Amp Will Be Provided. Applicants should perform their best piece, either Ballad or Up Tempo if only 1 song is to be performed.
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. Vocalists Are STRONGLY URGED To Bring Their OWN MIC. A mic cord and PA are Provided. Applicants should perform their best piece, either Ballad or Up Tempo if only 1 song is to be performed.
Drummers should demonstrate the ability to play brushes and sticks in different Jazz Related rhythms. A Drum Kit will be provided. Drummers may NOT bring their own kit. Drummers must supply their own sticks and brushes. Drummers are Encouraged to Provide Their OWN THRONE. Drummers may configure the supplied kit in any manner they choose but they are not allowed to tune the drums. Applicants should perform their best piece, either Ballad or Up Tempo if only 1 song is to be performed.
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.
Mike Mecha is the Scholarship Chair Person: (414) 840-2224 firstname.lastname@example.org ALL Applicants are advised to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions.
The Applicant will choose the selections they play. The following pieces are ONLY suggestions. Applicants will be advised to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions they have about selections. Note: Depending on how the tempo of the song is played, it may be either a Ballad or Up Tempo.
- 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
- When Sunny Gets Blue / Various
- 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
- Misty - Various
- Good Morning Heartache - Diana Ross / Various
- Feeling Good - Michael Buble
- What A Difference A Day Makes - Various
- When A Man Loves A Woman - Richard Elliot
- Stormy Monday - Bobbie “Blue” Bland / Various
Rhythm Pieces / Up Tempo
- Back At The Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
- Cheek to Cheek - Frank Sinatra
- Street Life - Crusaders
- 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
- My Favorite Things - 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
- Sky Dive – Freddie Hubbard
- Mister Magic - Grover Washington
- Lady Bird - Chet Baker / Dexter Gordon
- Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra / Michael Buble
- Summertime - Norah Jones / Various
- Street Beat - Richard Elliot
- Sunny Side Of The Street – Frank Sinatra / Various