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The co-creators of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea) strongly believe in mentoring and empowering youth in their community and beyond. They have developed a program for youth called: ‘JAZZ 4 the AGES’. Under this umbrella, the festival produces an annual ‘JAZZ 4 the AGES’ Youth competition as well as various workshops and Master Classes for youth. The festival works and partners with various schools such as Ridley College and Laura Secord High School to help bring this program to fruition.

This program has provided learning opportunities for various young and upcoming musicians as well as performance opportunities for them in a professional environment (sometimes up to 700 audience members) and chances for the participants to meet and network with established and successful musicians.

The auditions are curated by a panel of professional jazz musicians with background in the following: Piano, guitar, vocal, saxophone, trumpet, drums, organ, producing and more.

To view last year's finalists, CLICK HERE

Judges

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Terry Clarke
Drums (Order of Canada)
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George Tirpko
Guitar
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Clark Johnston
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Peter Shea
Drums, Piano, Vocals
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Lesley-Mitchell Clarke
Vocals, TD NJF Media Relations
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Bryan Covey
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
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Christopher Butcher
Trombone
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Finalists

Ages 12 and Under

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Marko Andelic
Solo - Vocals
WINNER
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Claire Falle
Solo - Vocals
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Shaadee Vahdat
Solo - Vocals
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Kyra Sophie Oszlai
Solo - Piano
WINNER
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Lorian Knapp*
Solo - Piano
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Jack Tredway*
Solo - Piano
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Ages 13 - 17

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Tamiya Cox
Solo - Vocals
WINNER
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Evan Lewis Dolinski
Solo - Vocals
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Isabella Milano
Solo - Vocals
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Esther & Ezekiel
Band - Vocals
WINNER
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Emilio Geremia
Solo - Piano
WINNER
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Leo Gao*
Solo - Tenor Saxophone
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Matthew Sorley
Solo - Tenor Saxophone
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Ages 18 - 23

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Jacob Chung
Solo - Saxophone
WINNER
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Bracken-Carson Quartet

Band - Tenor Saxophone (2), Bass, Drums
WINNER
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Cameron Stewart / Spencer Duncan-Dorton Duo
Band - Piano, Guitar
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Shannon McDougall Jazz Quartet
Band - Vocals, Sax, Bass, Drums
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Vasily Shugaev*
Solo - Alto Saxophone
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Will Clements*
Solo - Vocals
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*Finalist will not be attending event