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Center for Jazz Composition Announces First International Jazz Arranging Competition

Think you got a little Gil Evans or maybe some Quincy Jones in you? Well, the Center for Jazz Composition at the University of South Florida just announced its 1st International Jazz Arranging Competition, which will focus on the compositions of Michael Brecker (pictured). The winning selection will be premiered in April 2007 by Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge as part of three concerts dedicated to Brecker’s oeuvre; the competition itself is designed to spur further exploration and interpretation of the saxophonist-composer’s work.

The CJC will accept submissions of scores for big-band arrangement from composers around the globe, who may choose any work originally composed by Brecker. Applicants may submit no more than one composition, which will be entered in one of two categories: Open (no age restrictions) or Young Artist (30 years old or younger). Works of less than 10 minutes are preferred. Submissions must be received by the CJC on or before 5 p.m., Feb. 23, 2007.

For more information, please visit the Center’s Web site at

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