‘JAZZ 4 THE AGES’ Youth Competition

The TD Niagara Jazz Festival will be holding its “Jazz 4 the Ages” Youth Competition  auditions in May of 2019.  Venue TBC


TO APPLY for our 2019 auditions:

STEP ONE:  Submit your application HERE and make sure that a Youtube clip of your band or yourself performing is included.(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 in May 2019 (DATE TBC).  At this time you will be given  your audition time slot. The date and location for the auditions is TBC  (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 5-7 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 finalists will be contacted to schedule their performance during the FINALS at Vieni Estates Sparkle Fest on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019.  All finalists will receive cash prizes.

STEP SIX: All winners will be announced at the end of the day at Vieni Estates Sparkle Fest on Sunday, June 23rd, and will be asked their availability to perform at the 6th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival.  (Festival weekends:  July 18 – 21 and July 26 – 28)  CLICK HERE to see last year’s winners and finalists.

STEP SEVEN:  All winners and finalists will receive complimentary tickets to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival’s NIAGARA’S SUMMER MARDI GRAS Flagship event (Saturday, July 20th) and will be presented with their certificate on stage at this event. (Winners will also receive their cash prizes at this time.)


Participants will be asked to perform two pieces (3-5 minutes max) and soloists will have the opportunity to sit in with a professional jazz rhythm section.

Submissions are open to all jazz ensembles and soloists aged 23 and under.  Age groups are:  12 and under / 13 – 17 and 18 – 23

Submission Fees for those selected to audition are as follows: (Fees cover basic admin costs,)

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

*** To be paid in advance via e-transfer to admin@niagarajazzfestival.com OR on site with Cash, Cheque or Credit Card ***

Registration To apply:  Submit your application HERE

If you have any questions please e-mail us at youth@niagarajazzfestival.com. or call 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299)

* The TD Niagara Jazz Festival would like to thank the City of St. Catharines and Laura Secord Secondary for their support with this program.




2016 Jazz 4 the Ages youth Competition Winners and Finalists


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