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Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Now Accepting Applicants

The deadline for entering this three-round contest is Mar. 31

Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker (photo: Michael Piazza)

The Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition is now accepting applications, which are due Mar. 31.

The competition, named after the late, influential saxophonist who died at 57 in 2007, consists of three rounds. The final two rounds—the semifinals will feature eight saxophonists—are to take place at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel, running Aug. 25-27.

The cash prize for first place is $12,500, while second place is $7,500 and third is $2,500.

Eligible entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 30 as of July 1, 2019. They also should not yet have been signed to a record deal.

Applicants must provide a variety of music samples in order to qualify for the competition, including a standard ballad, a medium-tempo blues, an uptempo standard, and a Michael Brecker solo (performed with a live band or a cappella). The audio entries should last no more than 18 minutes in total. They will be evaluated on criteria such as technical facility, rhythmic feel, imagination, and band interplay.

To apply, which costs $75, click here.

Read a JazzTimes collection of musicians’ tributes to Michael Brecker from 2006.

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