San Francisco Jazz Competition Gets Started March 19

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The 3rd Annual Jazz Search West, the Bay Area’s only jazz talent search, is coming to Oakland and San Francisco next month.

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The 3rd Annual Jazz Search West is set for March, 2012.

We started Jazz Search three years ago to provide a platform for talented artists to gain visibility and give the public a chance to discover great local jazz talent.

Jazz Search West (JSW) contestants are gearing up to deliver their best performances at popular Oakland and San Francisco music venues next month. The Bay Area’s only jazz talent search for solo instrumentalists and vocalists 15 years and older, Jazz Search West is set to kick off on Monday, March 19 at the world-famous Purple Onion in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

“We started Jazz Search three years ago to provide a platform for talented artists to gain visibility and give the public a chance to discover great local jazz talent,” said Stacey Hoffman, Executive Director of Living Jazz, Jazz Search West’s parent organization. “The prizes we award to the three top performers are intended to help enhance their careers.”

Contestants will perform at the venue of their choice in front of a supportive live audience. A panel of prestigious judges comprised of Bay Area jazz professionals not only ranks contestants, but also provides them with valuable, constructive feedback.

Jazz Search West 2012 competitions are scheduled as follows:

  • March 19, 7-10 pm at Purple Onion in San Francisco
  • March 21, 7-10 pm at Broadway Studios in San Francisco
  • March 26, 7-10 pm at Vitus in Oakland’s Jack London Square

At the end of each competition, four lucky finalists are selected to move on to the exciting Grand Finale, which will be held March 31st at the beautiful Piedmont Piano Co. in Oakland. All jazz competitions are open to the public and admission is free, except for the Grand Finale, which cost $10 per person.

Prize winners will select from the following career-enhancing prizes:

  • Tuition to Jazz Camp West 2012 June 23–30 2012 – donated by Living Jazz
  • Professionally produced, engineered and recorded demo CD - donated by Larry Russo
  • 4-hour music recording session at Live Oak Studios in Berkeley - donated by Priscilla Rice

For more information about Jazz Search West or Living Jazz, call (510) 287-8880 or visit them on the web at http://www.livingjazz.org.

About Living Jazz

Founded in 1984, Living Jazz is an Oakland-based jazz music organization whose mission is to build community, cultivate creativity and enrich lives through the love of jazz. Living Jazz creates a unique brand of program, which focuses on friendship and human interaction while inspiring people through the shared love of jazz and related genres.

The organization’s inclusive and supportive activities build and sustain joyful communities that foster diversity by embracing people of all ages, economic and cultural backgrounds. Living Jazz produces Jazz Camp West; Jam Camp West for 10–15 year olds; the Oakland Children’s Community Choir; “In the Name of Love,” the annual musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Jazz Search West, the Bay Area’s only jazz talent search.

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