44th National Youth Jazz Competition

Young jazz stars of the future compete for trophies and glory!

Young jazz stars of the future compete for trophies and glory!

The National Youth Jazz Competition showcases the very best emerging jazz players from secondary schools across New Zealand.

Everyone is in for a special treat as they listen to these musically talented Combos and Big Bands strut their stuff for trophies, prizes and awards.

Make sure you get along and support our jazz stars of the future.


Monday 20 June

  • 8.30am – 5.00pm (approx.) Big Bands and Combos in Addison Theatre and X-Space
  • 8pm – Here Come the Judge! Concert. Join us for a star-studded line-up of NationalYouth Jazz Competition judges as they jam up astorm of jazz, funk and fusion. Lead by Dr Rodger Fox on trombone and featuring Eilish Wilson and Dave Wilson on sax, Ben Wilcock on keys with legendary rhythm section of Max Stowers on bass and Mickey Ututaonga on drums.

Tues 21st June

  • 8:30am – 4.00pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre, Combos in X Space
  • 5.00pm – Prize Giving – Addison Theatre

When & Where


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0800 842 538
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COVID-19 Update

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Saturday afternoon tighter border controls, with everyone arriving in New Zealand having to isolate themselves for 14 days. There will be an official government directive on mass gatherings announced early next week.

We are awaiting details of the official requirements from government and local authorities and will update you as soon as possible if this could have any impact on this year’s National Jazz Festival and National Youth Jazz Competition.

Many thanks for your interest and support.

Tauranga Jazz Society