YOUTH JAZZ AWARDS 2020 - To be rescheduled due to COVID-19
The White Rock Jazz Society will be dedicating its usual Sunday afternoon time slot of 2:00-5:00 pm for the entire month of September to Youth Jazz. All club members are encouraged to support these Sunday afternoon dances by attending as if it was a regular Sunday afternoon dance. All the music played will be our usual jazz for dancing.
All Surrey schools with small group jazz combos (3 to 6 musicians) will qualify for these awards. There are, however, a limited number of schools in Surrey qualifying for this distinction, as most of the schools prefer big band jazz.
The White Rock Rhythm Kings, a traditional jazz band, will be our faculty for these events. There are five members in the band, all of whom are well known professional jazz musicians that have played at our club for many years.
The Surrey schools selected will provide one of their small group combos to play the three numbers of the first set. They will select their own music with the stipulation that it will be suitable for dancing.Each student will then be asked to “sit in” for two numbers with the faculty band during the remainder of the first set and all of the second set. White Rock Rhythm Kings will supply a list of jazz standards for them to choose which numbers they would like to play when it is their turn to “sit in”.The full student band will then merge with the faculty band and play the last few numbers of the last set.
One of the participating schools will qualify for a $1,000.00 award, which will be an annual event. The best jazz musician will be presented with this award and the bandmaster for that particular school will choose the winner. All participants will receive certificates and there will be trophies for the winners.