The biennial Jazz Artist Competition is for outstanding jazz flutists. Three entrants will be selected to compete as jazz soloists at the 2024 NFA Convention in San Antonio with a rhythm section (provided by the NFA) consisting of piano, bass, and drums. Cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $400 will be awarded to the finalists.
Entrants may play either piccolo, C flute, alto flute, or bass flute on their recordings. Each selection must include one or two improvised choruses. Previous first-place winners of this competition are ineligible to compete again.
All entrants must submit their entry, upload recordings/supplemental materials, and pay competition and membership fees by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday, February 14th, 2024.
All selections may be found in The Real Book, 6th ed. (Hal Leonard). Additional sources are listed next to their individual selections:
Recorded Round repertoire should be played with a play-along recording (ie. Aebersold, Band-in-a-Box, iRealb).
Each finalist shall create a program demonstrating artistic maturity, technical and tonal qualities, and knowledge of program design and balance excluding any repetitions of recorded round repertoire. Each program should be a maximum of 25 minutes (including time between movements, pieces, applause, ect.) with no more than one original composition. Please time your program carefully, as all finalists will be stopped after 25 minutes. Final Round repertoire will be played with full rhythm section accompaniment (piano, bass, drums). The NFA will provide combo musicians for the final round. Final round repertoire, including titles, movements, exact timings, composer's dates, and publishers must accompany the application. Finalists will be bound by their original selections.