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TD Niagara Jazz Festival co-creators Juliet Dunn, and the late Peter Shea, strongly believe in mentoring and empowering youth in their community and beyond. In 2015 they started LIVE.LEARN.JAZZ to inspire young people to get involved. Under this umbrella is a program called ‘JAZZ 4 the AGES’, an annual competition that is open to youth in the 23 and under age groups.

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

JAZZ 4 the AGES has provided learning and performance opportunities for various young and upcoming musicians. A series of Master Class workshops are also made available for students and musicians featuring top musicians from around the globe. The festival partners with local schools such as Ridley College and Laura Secord High School to help bring this program to fruition.

HOW IT WORKS...
 
1st round - Pre-selection
Please submit 1 YouTube video of you performing your favorite song or piece. Doesn't necessarily have to be jazz but preferred. Deadline to submit:  February 29th, 2024

2nd round - Auditions
For those who are pre-selected from the submissions, they will be invited to in-person auditions at Ridley College in St. Catharines. Date TBC in March or April.  2 contrasting songs/pieces are required. One must be a jazz piece.  IF you are a singer or solo instrumentalist (any instrument) some of the adjudicators will join you to back you up. You must provide the name of the song in advance and if a chart is needed (if they are not familiar with the song) you will need to provide the chart. If you are not from Southern Ontario, you may do a Zoom audition for this round.
 
3rd round - FINALS
Those who are selected for the FINALS will audition in person at Ridley College (Date TBC in May).  2 contrasting songs/pieces are required. One must be a jazz piece. At least one piece should be different from the 1st round.  The winners will be announced at the end of the Finals.  All winners have the opportunity to perform during the 2024 Summer Festival. finalists will have the opportunity to perform during the rest of our calendar year at the smaller events if enough spots are available. 
 
AGE CATEGORIES:
11 and under, 12 - 14, 15 - 17, 18 - 23
 

CLICK HERE to submit for the 2024 JAZZ 4 the AGES Youth Competition. Registration closes February 29th!

If you have any questions please email admin@niagarajazzfestival.com.

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Thank you to our venue partner Ridley College!

Judges

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Doug Mundy

Piano / Co-Artistic Consultant
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Tenja Hagenberg

Vocals & Vocal Coach
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Brent Setterington

Vocals, Piano, Producer
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George Tirpko
Guitar
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Clark Johnston
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Bryan Covey
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
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Jeff Luciani

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Ashley St. Pierre
Vocals
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Steve Lucas

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Sarah Jerrom

Vocals & Piano
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2023 Finalists

Ages 11 And Under

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Jonah Tredway

Solo - Piano
WINNER
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Louis Marrone

Solo - Guitar
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DyonTae Louis*

Solo - Piano
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Caiden Faith Gutierrez

Solo - Vocals
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Antonio Geremia

Solo - Vocals
WINNER
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Laasya Morla

Solo - Vocals
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Ages 12 - 14

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Claire Falle

Solo - Vocals
WINNER
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Elise Bernard

Solo - Vocals
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Zoë Taraba-Blair

Solo - Vocals
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Lorian and Ava Knapp

 Duo - Vocals & Piano
WINNER
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Tahliek and DreyVon Louis*

Piano Duo
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Kai Oszlai

Solo - Piano
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Emilio Geremia

Solo - Piano
WINNER
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Ages 15 - 17

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Evan Lewis Dolinski

Solo - Vocals
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Audrey Lenz

Solo - Vocals
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Tamiya Cox

Solo - Vocals
WINNER
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Nick Speck

Solo - Piano
WINNER
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Stephen Babin

Solo - Piano
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Ridley Jazz Combo

Band
WINNER
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Ages 16 - 19

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Matthew Sorley

Solo - Sax
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Jakob Durst

Solo - Sax
WINNER
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Ages 18 - 23

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Raquel Marina

Solo - Vocals
WINNER
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Ellie Warren

Solo - Vocals
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Nicholas Mustapha

Band with Vocals
WINNER
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