Bay Area's Jazz Search West to Hold Four Competitions, March 2013

Bay Area's Jazz Search West to Hold Four Competitions, March 2013

Jazz Search West 2013, the Bay Area's Jazz talent search for adults and teens 15 and up, will offer four exciting competitions at Jazz venues in San Francisco and Oakland during the month of March. Contestants will perform at the venue of their choice in front of a panel of prestigious judges chosen from Bay Area Jazz professionals, and a supportive live audience. At the end of each competition, four lucky finalists will be selected to move on to the exciting Semi-Final at the beautiful new SFJAZZ Center and then on to the Grand Finale at Piedmont Piano Co. in Oakland.

Three top winners will be ultimately chosen and will win valuable prizes designed to enhance their musical careers. Jazz Search is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure and visibility, and to move to the next level.

The panel of judges is made up of some of the Bay Area's most outstanding Jazz performers including The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Terrance Kelly, and Wayne Wallace. A professional rhythm section trio will be provided each night with well-known exceptional Bay Area Jazz musicians such as Peter Barshay, Deszon Claiborne, Howard Wiley, and Walter Bankovitch.

There is an entry fee for contestants of $35. Each week¹s event is open FREE of charge to the public. The Semi- final and Grand Finale are also open to the public for only $10.

Prizes include but are not limited to:

· FREE Tuition to Jazz Camp West '13, June 22-29, 2013
· 4-Hour recording session at Live Oak Studios in Berkeley
· FREE Professionally produced, engineered and recorded Demo CD

Jazz SEARCH West's (JSW) mission is to help invigorate the Bay Area Jazz community with enthusiasm and excitement for the Jazz genre. As with Jazz Camp West, JSW will provide exposure and visibility, along with performance opportunities for promising Jazz talent in the Bay Area.