1st INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CONTEST OPEN TO JAZZ MUSICIANS OF EVERY AGE
7 Virtual Jazz Club begins search for undiscovered jazz talents from all wakes of life. 4,000 Euro prize is up for grabs for the lucky winner
Milan, Italy, 15th April 2016
On the 15th of April 2016 , the 7 Virtual Jazz Club starts its search around the world, for emerging musical talent from all ages and backgrounds. The winner chosen by the Club will take home 4000 Euros, with second place taking 2000 Euros and third, 1000 Euros.
To enter the contest, soloists and groups simply submit a video performance of no more than 7 minutes. Entries will be judged by an panel of experts comprising some of the biggest journalists and names in jazz in the world. The president of the panel is Filippo Bianchi (from 2000-2011 director of "Musica Jazz" and winner of the D'jango D'or in 2003.)
"Jazz is more than a way of music; it’s a way of life," said Sandra Constantini, Art Director at the European Jazz Network and member of the 7 Virtual Jazz Club judging panel."We want to tap into that way of life all around the world and give hidden talents the chance to shine. We are excited to see what people perform and look forward to awarding the winner”
Valerio Pappi, Art Director of the 7 Virtual Jazz Club said, "I am really proud that we have assembled such a unique and talented panel of judges. Entries will have the chance to hear feedback and critique from music critics from around the world and journalists from magazines including All About Jazz, Jazz Journal, Musica Jazz and Citizen Jazz. I believe that this mix of judges will make sure that the best entry wins."
Michael Pronko, Professor of American Culture at Meiji Gakuin University of Tokyo, and music critic for magazine including Jazz Colo[u]rs, Jazzin, Jazz, Newsweek Japan and The Japan Times, is enthusiastic about his role in the judging panel, "I think this contest will help push jazz to a broader audience. The competition, the chance to hear people from all over the world, the exposure, all of it sounds quite wild. And, as is often said, everyone's a winner. Very cool."
Press Department (Italy)
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About the 7 Virtual Jazz Club
The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is a virtual stage devoted exclusively to jazz music, which will host the first global jazz competition in history to take place entirely online. The competition invites musicians (soloists and groups) of all ages and backgrounds to participate.
Our aim is to unearth hidden musical talent and shake up the industry with new trends that have emerged in recent years. For more information please visit: www.7virtualjazzclub.net
About “Nick” La Rocca
The 1ST International Competition for Jazz musicians online is dedicated to the memory of Dominic James "Nick" La Rocca.
"Nick" La Rocca, born in New Orleans in 1889 from parents of Sicilian origin, was a cornet player, trumpet player, conductor and composer.
In 1909 he created the first orchestra in New Orleans, and then played with musicians including the Brunies brothers , the Pope Laine's Reliance Band and Johnny Stein. He moved to Chicago in 1915 where he created the first jazz band, Original Dixieland Jass Band (later, Original Dixie Jazz Band).On the 26th of February 1917 he recorded the first song in the history of jazz with this band, Dixieland Jass Band One-Step (Victor, 18255-A).