Jazz Arts Group Announces 11th Annual Hank Marr High School Jazz Award Competition


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Columbus, OH – The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is looking for Ohio's finest young musicians to participate in the eleventh annual Hank Marr High School Jazz Award. This award demonstrates excellence in musicianship and performance amongst central Ohio's young students of jazz.

“This competition is extremely important in these times where music and arts are being cut back all across the board in public education from K-12," states 2012 co-judge Tom Carroll. “Keeping this American art form in the schools is extremely important to those who want to play this music as well as keeping it a part of the landscape of our communities."

The grand prize winner will be awarded the opportunity to perform as a guest soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the JazZoo! concert on August 2, 2013; a $500 cash prize; and eight Jamey Aebersold books. Two runners-up will receive eight Jamey Aebersold books, four to keep and four to give to their school music program.

All Ohio students, grades 9 – 12, are eligible to apply. The audition submission deadline is March 29. Finalists will be selected by April 26 and final auditions will take place May 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jazz Academy, located in the Lincoln Theatre complex at 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus musical legend Hank Marr was one of the world's masters of the Hammond B-3 organ. Along with Hank's celebrity status as a member of the jazz elite, he was a dedicated and gifted educator. In recognition of over fifty years as a performer, teacher, arranger and conductor, the Jazz Arts Group established the Hank Marr High School Jazz Award as a tribute to this special individual. His willingness to “pass it on" makes the encouragement of young jazz artists an important and meaningful activity.

“If a young player had any questions he would stop in his tracks and take as much time with the youngster as needed," shared Carroll. “On a personal note, I was one of those youngsters and it evolved to the point that Hank started to hire me to play with him. Then that introduced me to Rusty Bryant, Gary Carney, Ola Hanson, John Ulrich and MANY more local legends who I played with and became friends with."

Please visit jazzartsgroup.org for submission details and requirements. Individuals who have won the Hank Marr High School Jazz Award within the past two years are NOT eligible to apply.

Jazz Arts Group thanks Crabbe, Brown & James for its support of the Hank Marr High School Jazz Award. The Hank Marr High School Jazz Award also receives in-kind support from JECO (Jazz Education Connection of Ohio).

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world's finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG's extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.

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