Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition

2016 Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition

The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1500 prize and will perform a live set on the opening night of the 2016 Angel City Jazz Festival.
In addition, UCSD Jazz Camp will award a scholarship to a musician performing in the finals chosen by our judging panel.

2016 Competition Winner

Steven Gordon Quartet


Steven T Gordon - piano
Joe Kwon - alto sax
Nashir Amin Janmohamed - bass
Ian Welles Hubbell - drums



Past Winners:

2015: The J-Bac Quartet
2014: The Interstellar Quintet
2013: Rach Ramacier Group
2012: Anthony Lucca Quintet
2011: The Shutz Vtet 

Competition Rules

This competition is open to all high-school and college-aged student jazz ensembles in the greater Los Angeles Area. In order to qualify for the competition ensembles must:

  • be composed of musicians between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. Age restrictions apply at the time of the submission.
  •  have all of its members currently enrolled in a high school, college, conservatory, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area 
  •  consist of between 3 and 10 members
  • compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation 
  • be available to perform at the finals on Sunday, September 25th, at the Blue Whale, from 4pm to 6pm.
  • be available to perform at 6pm on September 30th, 2016 at LACMA if selected as the winning ensemble


Interested artists must submit a package electronically between February 20th, 2016 and September 20, 2016 by clicking the link below. Please enter the name of the ensemble in the title field of the submission form and include the following info:

  • the personnel performing on each submitted tune
  • a brief history of the ensemble

Also, please attach the following documents:

  • 3 tunes (mp3, mp4 or wav)
  •  1 recommendation letter from a music instructor (pdf, doc, docx)
  •  copies of each member’s student IDs

Submit Here

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