Talent Needed|

The DJC Youth All-Stars is looking for dedicated, hard-working 9th, 10th and 11th grade clarinet, trombone, piano, and drum set players!

The audition music and recording have been posted at: http://bandresourcesunlimited.com/downloads/ .

We have 4 players graduating this year, so we’re looking for replacement 9th, 10th and 11th grade musicians to take their spots.

When will auditions take place? Only two Sundays left – April 13th (6:30-7:30 p.m.), and April 27th (7:00-9:00 p.m.) at Flesher-Hinton Music Store, 3936 Tennyson Street in Denver.

What experience is needed? Intermediate to advanced jazz experience is preferred.

Monthly clinicians: Retired UC-Denver Music Professor Bill Clark, tuba player/leader of the Queen City Jazz Band, is a regular clinician. Additional professional jazz musicians  will be doing clinics from time to time as well.

Rehearsals: Weekly rehearsals take place at Flesher-Hinton Music Store, from 6:30 until 9:00 pm, each Sunday. Some holiday weekends and a few other Sundays may need to be skipped.

Performance gigs? We feature this all star-band during each monthly Denver Jazz Club  sessions, professional jazz festivals, and performance gigs throughout the area. The Youth All-Stars will be performing at the 2014 Sacramento, Evergreen and Summit Jazz Festivals! We are hoping to perform at the Montreux, Switzerland and Umbria, Italy Jazz Festivals during the summer of 2015.

School conflicts: The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars only agree to do performances that do not conflict with school activities.

Cost: Each selected student will be required to become a member of the Denver Jazz Club ($10   yearly fee). The monthly dues (4 weekly sessions) run $120, and are payable at the start of each month.

Will paid gigs reduce future trip costs? Any money the band is paid will go towards future trip expenses.

Financial assistance available? The Denver Jazz Club does have financial assistance available for students who need help with monthly dues and/or private jazz lessons.

More information and audition scheduling: ecan11@msn.com or 303-328-7277. Ed’s complete resume, audition music, and audition recordings can be found at: http://www.bandresourcesunlimited.com . Additional information can be found at: http://youthallstars.denverjazzclub.com/ .


[Good to see COMBO member Pete Wernick on this site, too! Check Pete and his activities out at http://www.drbanjo.com One of the VERY BEST banjo players in Colorado!]

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The Mile High Blues Society will be presenting the Denver Blues Challenge this fall. It is the road to Memphis and the IBC! Send email to info@milehighbluessociety.com to get started.

Thank you to all who have contacted us so far to enter the Denver Blues Challenge! We will be sending you entry forms in a few weeks. Entry is open through July 31st, with the preliminary rounds of competition beginning on September 14th. The Finals are scheduled for October 12th.

We believe in doing things the way the International Blues Challenge is conducted in Memphis. The selection of venue for each act and the order of appearance will be absolutely random in both the preliminaries and the finals. The events will be backlined with amps for guitar, bass, and blues harmonica, and with a drum kit. Artists can bring their own instrument, pedal board, snare drum, and cymbals. Judges will be screened for blues knowledge and for direct conflicts of interest. Every act will get a fair shot at the title.

Blues acts may enter any or all of the IBC-related competitions presented by any blues society. They all are independent of each other, and the winners in each competition will advance to Memphis for the IBC.It is an experience of a lifetime. We encourage all interested blues acts to get involved.


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