Weekend commencing
28 October 2022

The 2022 National Jazz Awards will feature the guitar.

ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED, WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANNOUNCING THE FINALISTS SOON!

Meet the Judges

Carl has been honing his craft as a professional creative musician for over thirty years and is considered one

Australia’s most accomplished and highly regarded jazz and improvising guitarists. His original projects include Showa 44 with Simon Barker, The Drip Hards, Carl Dewhurst Quartet and Dewey.
Carl is a member of Scott Tinkler’s DRUB, Band of Five Names, Daorum, Trace Sphere and was a long-time member of The Australian Art Orchestra; The James Morrison Quartet; The Vince Jones Band; 20th Century Dog; Gest 8 and NUDE. He performed for over fifteen years with Susan Gai Dowling and Bernie McGann.

He has lived and toured internationally including having performed at The Lincoln Centre in NYC, Ronnie Scott’s London, and numerous major festivals including the Mumbai, London, Copenhagen, Pori and Berlin jazz festivals.

Carl has composed for film and theatre and has released over ten albums of his own work. He is a is a lecturer in jazz and improvisation at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Stephen Magnusson is an award winning guitarist. Over the past 30 years he has performed/recorded with a diverse array of performers, including Charlie Haden, Scott Tinkler Archie Roach, Sam Anning, Julien Wilson Paul Grabowsky, Elixir, Paul Kelly, Rickie- Lee Jones, KD Lang, Stephen Pigram, Andrea Keller and many others.

In 1994 Stephen lived in to Europe, touring Switzerland, Germany and Italy with many bands whilst teaching guitar at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich. Throughout this period Stephen released several albums and won the Swiss Diagonal Award and the Pop Credit Grant for his album with the band SNAG.

Stephen returned to Australia in 2003 and began teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University
Stephen has released nine albums with his various ensembles, including the Bell Award winning MAGNET album in 2015 and collaborated on many other recordings including, the Aria award winning albums: First seed Ripening with Elixir (co-writer/ band member), Animarum (Jonathan Zwartz ) and Mooroolbark (Barney McAll)

Stephen was co-winner of the National Jazz Award at the Wangarratta Jazz Festival in 2001 and the winner of the Melbourne Music Prize Outstanding Musician award in 2014.

Stephen lives in Coburg North with his partner and cat Goggles. He enjoys gardening and playing music in his studio.

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Fran Swinn has carved out her own sound in the Australian musical landscape.

In 2005 Fran received funding from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust to attend the Banff Centre Workshop for creative music directed by trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas in Canada. She has studied with Ben Monder and Brad Shepik in New York and took part in the Berklee School of Music jazz clinics in Italy (funded by an Australia Council Buzz grant) where she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music.

Swinn has a diverse range, touring Australia with Circus Oz in 2009, and running her own band The Fran Swinn Trio. In 2011 her trio toured Australia (funded by the Contemporary Music Touring Program). The Fran Swinn Trio’s debut album ‘Every Dog’ (2011) received glowing reviews, described as “deeply satisfying from beginning to end. They have their own sound, and it’s a glorious one.” (J.Clare 2011).

In 2019 Swinn toured Australia and New Zealand with Tamara Murphy’s band Spirograph Studies in support of their debut album ‘Kindness Not Courtesy’.

Fran has taught at Box Hill Tafe, the Victorian College of the Arts (Melb Uni) and currently teaches guitar and performance at Victoria University. Fran is a member of several bands including Spirograph Studies, the Improv Mill, Big Guitar and the Louisa Rankin band.

Competition Rules

1. The National Jazz Awards are organised as part of the 2022 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, and the finals will be held in Wangaratta on the weekend of October 28 – 30, 2022.

2. The competition is open to high-level musicians who are Australian citizens. The age limit is 36 inclusive (i.e. if you are 36 or younger on or before December 31st, 2022 you are eligible).

3. To enter the competition, contestants must submit recordings of three pieces, one of each from the categories below (not necessarily in this order):

(a) a piece by an Australian composer
(b) a ballad (standard or original)
(c) a blues (standard or original).

The blues need not strictly follow the standard 12 bar form. It must, however, clearly reference the fundamental harmonic structure of the blues; the relationship between the I7, IV7, and V7 chords. If you are in doubt of the suitability of a piece, please contact the Festival artistic directors.

Where the piece in category (a) is a ballad or a blues, the contestant may elect to complete the program with an original piece (ie, composed by the contestant) in any style.

The piece submitted for category a) must not be composed by the applicant. This requirement is in place to ensure that the contestant demonstrates an engagement with the community and history of Australian jazz, and is aware of the music composed by current and past Australian jazz musicians.

One of these pieces must be played by the contestant with a band including one brass/ woodwind/ vocalist, bass (electric or double) and drums. The other two pieces can use any combination of these instruments, from solo to quartet.

Note:

  • Total time of the recording is not to exceed 25 minutes; no one piece may exceed 10 minutes. A total duration of approximately 15-20 minutes is recommended.
  • You will provide a link to the submission that will be downloaded (i.e. a link to Dropbox, Google drive, etc.).
  • Submissions are to be in mp3 format and no larger than 10mb per song. Failure to submit in the required format may render the application ineligible.
  • Contestants are urged to submit recordings that display their ability to meet a range of challenges, at a variety of tempi.
  • Contestants will not be judged on the basis of the other players in the ensemble. However, they should assume responsibility for the overall shape of the performance, including choice of material, arrangement of ensemble passages, sequence and duration of solos, etc.
  • Recordings need not be of professional quality, but contestants are reminded that a clear sound will make it easier for the judges to evaluate submissions.
  • The contestant’s name must not be announced on the recording.

4. Contestants must complete the online application form and include links to their recordings. Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged in writing.

Note: Acceptance of entries, and nomination of finalists, is at the discretion of the judges of the competition. Their decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decisions.

5. Closing date for entries is 11:59 pm Wednesday September 7, 2022. Entries submitted after this date will not be forwarded to the judges for consideration.

6. Entries will be de-identified before being disseminated to the judging panel. The panel will assess entries on a range of criteria including:

  • Technique, including sound production and control
  • Time feel
  • Improvisation, including melodic line, harmony, rhythm, structure
  • Originality/strength of concept/adventurousness
  • Engagement with ensemble during performance including comping.

7. A total of five contestants will be selected to perform in the finals as part of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

Applicants will be advised by email of their invitation to participate in the semi-finals. This notification will be sent early September 2022.

Contestants selected for the finals must confirm their participation within seven (7) days of receiving the invitation. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification, and allow the next rated candidate to participate. All applicants will be notified if they are successful or not.

8. Contestants must be prepared to play in the finals in Wangaratta from Friday, October 28 to Saturday, October 29, 2022

9. The requirements for the finals are the same as for the initial application, i.e., the repertoire performed must comprise:

(a) a piece by an Australian composer
(b) a ballad (standard or original)
(c) a blues (standard or original).

The blues need not strictly follow the standard 12 bar form. It must, however, clearly reference the fundamental harmonic structure of the blues; the relationship between the I7, IV7, and V7 chords. If you are in doubt of the suitability of a piece, please contact the Festival artistic directors.

Where the piece in category (a) is a ballad or a blues, the finalist may elect to complete the program with an original piece (i.e., composed by the finalist) in any style.

One of these pieces must be performed by the finalist with the full band (voice, bass [double or electric] and drums) provided by the Festival. The other two pieces can use any combination of these instruments, from solo to quartet.

Finalists may play these pieces in any order.

Total performance time is not to exceed 25 minutes; no one item may exceed 10 minutes. (A total duration of approximately 20 minutes is recommended).

Finalists are urged to display their ability to meet a range of challenges, at a variety of tempi

Finalists must assume responsibility for the overall shape of the performance: choice and arrangements of material, arrangement of ensemble passages, sequence and duration of solos, etc.

The judges will assess performances on the criteria outlined in section 6 above.

10. Finalists must respect the specified time limits; failure to do so will affect the judging panel’s ratings.

11. Finalists must appear in the order and at the times specified by the organisers.

12. All performances as part of the competition will be open to the public. In the event that the NJA finals are broadcast on radio or streamed the finalists waive their right to request a fee for this but retain ownership of the recorded performance.

13. No fees of any kind will be paid to finalists.

14. Finalists may use written charts if they desire. Charts must be provided for the band two weeks prior to the Festival.

15. A brief rehearsal with the band will be available during the afternoon of Friday, October 28. Rehearsal times will be advised by the organisers.

16. The organisers reserve the right not to award all of the prizes.

17. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson of the judging panel will exercise a casting vote.

18. Finalists will travel to Wangaratta at their own expense. Accommodation for finalists will be provided by the organisers (this excludes meals, telephone calls and other miscellaneous expenses), for the nights of October 28 – 29, 2022.

19. The Festival reserves the right to cancel the National Jazz Awards for any reason, and shall not be liable for compensation to any contestant or finalist.

20. The prizes for the 2022 National Jazz Awards are as follows:

1st Prize ~ $7,000 and a recording session at Pughouse Studios (Melbourne)

2nd Prize ~ $4,000

3rd Prize ~ $2,000

NJA 2022 Entry Form

With thanks to Pughouse Studios

Pughouse Studios have been a proud sponsor of the National Jazz Awards since 2013 and they are delighted to present a studio recording session as part of the first prize.

Since its inception in 2012 more than 150 albums have been produced at Pughouse Studios including by many of Australia’s outstanding jazz, contemporary and classical musicians.

Owner/engineer, Nikolaus Schauble is also a composer, music producer and has worked as a jazz drummer for over 40 years. He has been nominated for many awards including the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards (for recording).

Niko has recently worked on a collaboration with West-Australian sound artist Jon Tarry as well as writing compositions for several European ensembles, including the Berlin Jazz Composers Orchestra.