Young musicians set to gather for Nelson Youth Jazz competition

Students perform at last year's youth jazz competition at the Boat House.
Patrick Hamilton

Students perform at last year's youth jazz competition at the Boat House.

This Sunday young musicians from all over Nelson and Tasman will gather for the Nelson Jazz Club youth jazz competitions at the Boat House.

The day's programme begins with workshops starting at 11am. Workshops are free to students and a donation for adults. The competitions, featuring high school bands, begin at 1pm. The programme will end with a short performance from guest judges and this will be followed by prizegiving with a total prize pool of $1100.

Entry to the competition and concert is a gold coin for adults.  

Club secretary Mike Murphy said they were lucky to have two professional music tutors joining Nelson's own Annabel Boyes to make up the judging panel. Cameron Pearce joined the teaching staff at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in 1998. As a trumpeter, Pearce has performed with many international and New Zealand artists such as Diana Krall, Arturo O'Farrell, Bobby Shew, James Morrison, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn.

Other judge Darren Pickering currently teaches jazz piano at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and has also performed and toured with include international jazz artists.

Annabel Boyes is well known in Nelson as a performer. She plays for Freewheelin', a local jazz band, and is also lead tenor saxophone for the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band. She brings with her the experience that comes from playing in big bands since she was big enough to hold a saxophone

Nelson Youth Jazz competition at The Boat House on Sunday. Workshops start at 11am, competition at 1pm. Entry by donation.

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