Detroit Jazz Festival 
 2021 Collegiate Combo Competition 

DESCRIPTION:
The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is celebrating the excellence and opportunity inherent in Michigan’s college and university jazz programs. Where once jazz was viewed as an inappropriate area of study in Colleges and Universities, now jazz degree programs and ensembles are a central part of many music departments across the country. These programs are led by some of the leading jazz artists in the world and offer students powerful mentoring, valuable information, creative directions, and unique performance opportunities. The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival Collegiate Combo Competition seeks to reward those student musicians who have developed the discipline, artistry, and professionalism to thrive in this competitive and demanding environment.

AWARDS:
The winning combo shall receive:

  • $2000 cash award
  • A performance slot at the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival
  • Be featured in the Detroit Jazz Festival’s 2021 program and website
  • A feature set at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café on Fri. August 6th.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • This competition is for university and college jazz combos
  • Application and associated audio tracks must be received by noon on July 1st, 2021
  • All members of the combo must be a current college or university music student as of May 1st, 2021 (combos may contain students from different colleges/universities)
  • Combos must be trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet, Septet, Octet, or Nonet
  • All combos must provide contact information of a university/college music faculty willing to affirm that the combo is indeed made up of current university/college students
  • Semi-Finalists will be notified by July 8th, 2021
  • All applicants must be available to perform, if selected, at the semi-finals:
    • Thursday, August 5th,   6:30-9:30 pm  (30 min. set) @ Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
      • 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
  • All applicants must be available to perform, if selected, at the Winner’s performances
    • Friday, August 6th ,   7-8:30 pm  (90 min. set) @ Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
    • And, Saturday, Sept. 4th (60-75 min set) at the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival
  • All transportation to and from the competition and performance, if selected, will be the sole responsibility of the artist.

PROCESS:

  • Each combo is to complete this application in its entirety (by noon, July 1st). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • With the application, each combo will upload 2 audio tracks that highlight the best of the combos works and improvisation skills (each track should not exceed 7 minutes; edit or clip if necessary)
  • Professional jazz artists will review the audio tracks blind and choose the top 4-5 combos who will perform at the Semi-Finals where judges will be onsite.
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted directly by Thursday, July 8th.
  • Semi-Finals are:
    • Thursday, August 5th,   6:30-9:30 pm  (30 min. set) @ Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
      • 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
  • The winner will be announced on the Detroit Jazz Festival's website, social media, live! app by August 6th, 2021
  • Reservations(family, friends, public) for Finals: Please contact Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
    • Reservations Line: 313-882-5299
    • www. Dirtydogjazz.com
    • Email: website, then “contact us” form

Applicants must complete and submit form below:

Email*
Email Confirmation*
First Name*
Last Name*
Street Address*
City
State
Zip Code*
Cell number*

*The above member will be used as the Primary Contact and will be present for all rehearsals/performances and responsible for communications regarding the collection and distribution of all materials required for participation in any Detroit Jazz Festival event.

Combo Performance Name *
This is the official billing title that will be used for all media and publicity materials. 
If this information is has changed or is incorrect in any way, please contact contracts@detroitjazzfestival.com immediately.

Combo Members *
First Name
Last Name
Email
Phone
Cell number
Job Title
Add another (Max 25)
Combo Website

Track #1

Track #1 Title *
Track #1 Arranger/Composer *
Track #1 File Upload *

Track #2

Track #2 Title *
Track #2 Arranger/Composer *
Track #2 File Upload *
To affirm university/college status of combo: *
First Name
Last Name
Email
Affirmation of availability: *

By checking this box, I affirm that the entire combo as listed above will be available to perform, if selected, at the semi-finals:

    • Thursday, August 5th,   6:30-9:30 pm  (30 min. set) @ Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
      • 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
  • And available to perform, if selected, at the Winner’s performance
    • Friday, August 6th, 7-8:30 pm  (90 min. set) @ Dirty Dog Jazz Café
    • And, Saturday, Sept. 4th (60-75 min set) at the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival
I affirm the above
* Denotes required information