CCM to compete in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jack Rudin Jazz Championship

Ten prestigious jazz programs will compete in the competition, which has been postponed to April

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) recently announced the second annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, a two-day invitational competition featuring ensembles from 10 of "the most well-regarded university jazz programs in the country." Faculty and students in UC College-Conservatory of Music's Jazz Orchestra were invited to compete in the prestigious championship. 

Out of an abundance of caution, the 2022 Jack Rudin Jazz Competition scheduled to take place on January 10 and 11 will be postponed until April 19 and 20. For more information please visit: 2021.jazz.org/jrjc

Competetors will perform on the Rose Theater stage for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, set to take place throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.

Although Jazz at Lincoln Center's hall was temporarily dark to audiences from March 2020 until the organization reopened on November 18, 2021, Jazz at Lincoln Center provided resources for cultural nourishment and comfort in these uncertain times. The organization made available more than 1000 digital programs — including education programs Essentially Ellington, WeBop, Swing University, Summer Jazz Academy, and new programs including A Closer Listen and Inside the Score — to reach people all over the world and bring the healing power of jazz music into homes and communities. Ensembles competing in the 2022 Jack Rudin Jazz Championship hail from the following colleges and universities: 

  • Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
  • California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN)
  • Michigan State University College of Music (East Lansing, MI)
  • North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
It’s an honor and privilege to welcome the finest collegiate students and educators from around the country to the House of Swing... In these divided times, our arts exist to call us home to our greatest historic achievements and our highest aspirations.

Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director

CCM Jazz has close connections with the JALC. In 2019, CCM became the inaugural College Affiliate of the JALC and was invivted on an international residency with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Students and faculty traveled to São Paulo, Brazil in June 2019 to perform and participate in educational events and workshops. CCM Jazz also hosts an annual Essentially Ellington Festival in the spring, which features the region's top high school jazz ensembles, and the festival's gala concert features a guest artist from JALC. Watch the CCMONSTAGE Online Essentially Ellington Gala Concert.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJiSJVyJrZU?rel=0

The Jack Rudin Jazz Championship honors the legacy of Jack Rudin, longtime supporter of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and his founding support for Essentially Ellington, the organization’s signature transformative education program. Launched in 2020, right before the pandemic, the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship provides participating ensembles with quality literature and a forum for celebrating excellence and achievement, while introducing higher education to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education methodology and philosophy—extending JALC’s educational mission into the sphere of professional development for the next generation of leading jazz artists.

The Jack Rudin Jazz Championship competition events will include a combo showcase in The Appel Room, an initial round of competition performances, and a final concert in Rose Theater featuring a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as the final competition, with a second round of competition performances by the three top-placing bands, followed by an awards ceremony and announcement of the band taking top honors. The ensembles will also participate in rehearsals and workshops throughout Rose Hall over the course of the competition.

The 2022 competition will be judged by a panel of leading jazz performers, composers, and educators: Ayn Inserto, Camille Thurman, Jeff Hamilton, Randy Brecker, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.

Marsalis says of the competition’s namesake, “Jack Rudin loved the music and believed in education. He believed in equal education for everyone and continued to support his high school, both financially and personally, for years after he had graduated. He was the first supporter for our Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival which is now in its 27th year, and we are proud to continue to honor him through this collegiate competition.”

Marsalis continues, “It’s an honor and privilege to welcome the finest collegiate students and educators from around the country to the House of Swing. Through workshops, performances, and collegial competition, the experience will exemplify the fellowship and community that is the hallmark of jazz. In these divided times, our arts exist to call us home to our greatest historic achievements and our highest aspirations.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center Vice President of Education, Todd Stoll (MM Trumpet, 1991), says, “These 10 bands represent the highest level of achievement in our music by young people.”

A longtime supporter of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jack Rudin and his beloved wife Susan have been steadfast in their commitment to jazz and Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission. The Rudins understood very early on the value and importance of educating youth about this important American art form—jazz. Jack was all about education for young people, particularly those who were disadvantaged. In 2012, the Rudins generously endowed Jazz at Lincoln Center’s national Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program, the first of our programs to be endowed.

Jazz at Lincoln Center serves the largest jazz education program network in the world, and its initiatives are based on the organization’s 34-year history of education in jazz performance and appreciation. Goals of each program are for students to gain insight into American vernacular music and jazz, learn the communal history of jazz in a sociopolitical context, receive guidance on how to better communicate personal objectives, and gain awareness of the mission of jazz musicians today building on the aspirations laid by earlier generations.

About CCM Jazz Studies

Offering both bachelor and master of music degrees, the Jazz Studies program at CCM teaches the fundamentals of classical music, stylistic elements of each historical jazz period, strategies for enhancing originality, techniques of electronic media and today’s cutting-edge trends that defy categorization.

By receiving a wide musical perspective and the command of a broad jazz language, the student is equipped to pursue a future in jazz music. At the same time, this thorough course of study serves as the best preparation for related careers in commercial music. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/jazz.

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Featured image at the top: CCM Jazz Orchestra on stage during the Essentially Ellington Gala. Photo/MasseyGreenAVP