ABOUT JAZZ SEARCH WEST
Weekly competitions held March – April 2015
JAZZ SEARCH WEST is the Bay Area’s Annual Jazz Talent Search for solo instrumentalists and vocalists (15 and up). Four exciting events provide exposure to 16 artists each week during the month of March. All performers are backed up by a professional rhythm section and receive valuable feedback from a panel of prestigious judges. Competitions are held in East Bay jazz venues such as the California Jazz Conservatory, the Sound Room and Piedmont Piano Company and are free to the public.
16 performers are selected to move on to the Semi-Finals at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and 8 finalists perform at the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland. 4 top winners are ultimately selected and awarded prizes designed to enhance their musical career such as a demo CD, recording studio time, full tuition to Jazz Camp West and performance opportunities.
Jazz Search West provides visibility and exciting opportunities for pre-professional artists, while educating and exposing the public to the jazz genre and emerging talent.
Interested in performing? Competition size is limited and all events are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register early and guarantee your spot! You can register online and get more information by visiting the Enroll page or by calling 510.858.5313.
Know someone performing? Support them by attending the competition, the audience gets to vote!
Each of the 4 competition rounds are open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. Check the Schedule page for details.