The TD Niagara Jazz Festival will holding its “Jazz 4 the Ages” Youth Competition  auditions on Wednesday, June 7th at Ridley College in St Catharines and  Shady Acres Studio.


STEP ONE:  Submit a Youtube clip of your band or yourself performing and send it to  (Clip should be 5 min max)

STEP TWO:  Wait for the  TD Niagara Jazz Festival to confirm that they have received your submission.

STEP THREE:  Selected finalists will be contacted by the TD NJF to audition in front of a panel of judges on or before Sunday, June 5th, 2017.  At this time you will be given  your audition time slot. (All finalists are required to pay a submission fee.  See rates below)

STEP FOUR:  Audition.  You will be asked to prepare 2 contrasting pieces.  One or both of them being in the jazz genre.  Originals or compositions. The panel of judges is made up of 7 established Niagara jazz artists of different areas of expertise with many years of experience.  (Vocals, upright bass, drums, vibraphone, saxophone, trumpet and guitar.)

STEP FIVE:  All winners will be contacted to schedule their performance during the 4th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival.  (Festival weekend:  July 28 – 30)  CLICK HERE to see last year’s winners and finalists.

STEP SIX:  All prizes (cash + gifts) will be presented on stage at the end of each winners’ performance.


Participants will be asked to perform one piece (3-5 minutes) and soloists will sit in with a professional jazz rhythm section.  The panel of judges is made of a selection of professional jazz musicians and industry professionals.

Auditions for the selected finalists will be held at Ridley College, 2 Ridley Road,St. Catharines on Wednesday, June 7th.  Submissions are open to all jazz ensembles and soloists aged 23 and under.

Selected Finalists will have a chance to perform on one of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival stages during the festival weekend (July 28 – 30, 2017) and / or at the 2nd annual ‘Music of a Charlie Brown Xmas’ on Wednesday, December 20th at the FirstOntario Performing Arts centre.  (Partridge Hall)

Submission Fees for those selected to audition: (covers admin costs)

Solo:  $15 / 6 piece or less:  $25 for whole band / 7 piece or more:  $30 for whole band

*** To be paid on site with Cash, Cheque or Credit Card ***

To register simply e-mail us at


* The TD Niagara Jazz Festival would like to thank the City of St. Catharines and Ridley College for support with this program.




2016 Jazz 4 the Ages youth Competition Winners and Finalists


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