Grammy winning artist Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band are showing just how much they love their fans by inviting them to perform on their next album by way of a talent search called The Big Phat Jam (www.bigphatjam.com). The talent search, launching March 19, will feature fans competing with other contestants for eight weeks to see who has the best jazz improvisational skills. Additionally, a special vocal category will give fans an opportunity to sing with the band. The winners will be hand-selected by the Big Phat Band and will be featured with the 18 piece jazz big band on their new album.
The Big Phat Jam is an interactive, all ages, talent search that will allow fans to upload their version of select tracks from the Grammy nominated release The Phat Pack to www.bigphatjam.com. Contestants compete by playing or singing along to a Big Phat band song. There will be five sections within the competition: Saxophone, Trumpet/Trombone, Guitar/Bass, Piano and Vocals (for Too Close for Comfort," originally sung by jazz great Dianne Reeves on the band's latest album). Website visitors will then listen to these audio tracks and vote for their favorite submissions on a weekly basis. Every week, a contestant from each category will move on to the finals based on the highest number of votes. The final winners from each category will be chosen by Gordon and the Big Phat Band members to join them on their next album.
Our fans have always been very creative and dedicated to our music," said Gordon Goodwin. This contest is our way of thanking our fans for their continued support. It is also an opportunity for them to showcase their talent on our next record. Most of our fans are young people; music students who learned to play jazz by listening to our songs. Having the winners play with us is our way of acknowledging their talent and also a different way of nurturing their desire to perform jazz music."
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