2024 RISING STAR JAZZ Horn COMPETITION

Michigan displays a wealth of artistic talent; there are rising stars of all ages. The Michigan Jazz Festival invites you to a competition of finding a rising star horn player in our 2024 fundraising event.

On Saturday, March 9, the Michigan Jazz Festival is hosting the finals of the 2024 Rising Star Jazz Horn Competition. You will receive the opportunity to hear and root for five outstanding saxophonists, trumpeters, or trombonists, playing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. This event will be hosted by jazz trombone virtuoso, Vincent Chandler with contestants backed by The Scott Gwinnell Trio. The winner will receive a cash prize, certificate, and will be featured as a soloist with Vincent Chandler and the All-Star High School Big Band. 

This magical event will take place at Shield’s Pizza of Southfield at Telegraph, north of 10 mile road. The time of the performance is 1-3:30pm on Saturday, March 9. There will be food and drinks available throughout the performance. There is an adjacent parking lot to Shield’s. Admission is a $20 cover charge at the door.

Your attendance and any donation supports the Michigan Jazz Festival and the artists who will play there. Please support this festival; it is a one-of-a-kind event that provides entertainment from Michigan’s best jazz artists to you at no cost.

Andrew Brown is a 20 year old musician, producer, and composer hailing from Dearborn, Michigan. Currently a member of MSU’s jazz studies program under the mentorship of Anthony Stanco and Rodney Whitaker, Andrew is already an involved member of the Detroit music scene, and has been learning from the very best in the community. He not only aspires to be a working jazz musician but has dabbled in other genres, releasing a self-produced pop album in 2022 and producing acoustic and indie music for fellow small artists in the area.

Have You Met Miss Jones
https://youtu.be/MIKMydcNtXA

I Fall in Love Too Easily
 https://youtu.be/513rW6ot0dg

Following in the footsteps of his father, Houston began playing the saxophone at a very young age. Under the mentorship and tutelage of saxophonists such as Harry Patton, Daryl Beebe, Jordan Vanhemert, Wendell Harrison, and Andrew Bishop, Houston has explored many genres ranging from gospel to hard bop. Most notably, Houston often performs with Kevin Jones & Tenth World, while also leading and joining a variety of Michigan bands. Playing at a host of venues, ranging from metro Detroit to West Michigan. Currently, Houston is studying Jazz Saxophone at the University of Michigan and is preparing for much more in the future.

Have You Met Miss Jones
https://youtu.be/MIKMydcNtXA

I Fall in Love Too Easily
https://youtu.be/513rW6ot0dg

 
 

Nanami started playing classical piano at the age of 5, and at the age of 8 she joined her elementary school’s brass band, where she started playing the trombone and jazz. She started performing concerts in Sapporo when she was 13 years old. When she was 14 years old, she participated in Hokkaido Groove Camp, won the grand prize and went to Berklee College of Music to join 5-week Summer Performance Program the following year. When she was 17 years old, she participated in the Seiko Summer Jazz Camp and won Most Outstanding Student Award. After moving to Tokyo in 2020, she has expanded her activities by participating in performances and recordings with Aaron Choulai Raw Denshi Sextet, Akihiro Yoshimoto group, Takeshi Ohbayashi & Nate Smith Group, Shunské G & The Peas. In 2022, her first album “II” was released. She is currently a Full Time student in the Michigan State University Jazz Studies program studying with Michael Dease.

Have You Met Miss Jones 
https://youtu.be/MIKMydcNtXA

I Fall in Love Too Easily
https://youtu.be/513rW6ot0dg

Jauron Perry, is a rising Detroit-Native Jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, now a second-year undergraduate studying jazz performance at Michigan State University’s College of Music. Selected as the ‘Next Generation of Talent’ award recipient, Jauron has quickly gained much experience performing and working with Detroit jazz masters such as Rodney Whitaker, Dwight Adams, James Carter, Vincent Chandler, Kris Johnson, Diego Rivera, Sean Dobbins, Wendell Harrison, Marion Hayden, Ralphe Armstrong, and Regina Carter, to name a few. Other

sensations outside of his hometown include, Marquis Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Jazzmeia Horn, Etienne Charles, Marcus Printup, Camille Thurman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Walter Blanding, Carmen Bradford, Joe Farnsworth, Jerome Jennings, Tim Warfield, Helen Sung, and Jeff Hamilton. Jauron also continues to be featured in popular events such as the Detroit Jazz Festival, Michigan Jazz Festival, African World Festival, East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, and as of recent, the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship at Jazz at Lincoln Center where he performed with MSU’s Jazz Orchestra 1 (The Bebop Spartans) placing in the top 3 of the collegiate ensembles.

Have You Met Miss Jones 
https://youtu.be/MIKMydcNtXA

I Fall in Love Too Easily 
https://youtu.be/513rW6ot0dg

 

Josie Ala is a trumpet player and vocalist from Windsor, Ontario. She is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation program. Josie has played with notable artists such as Christine Jensen, Darius Rucker, Jeff Hamilton, Charles McPherson, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff Hamilton, and Randy Brecker. She released her first quartet album, “If I Were A Bird”, in December, 2022. Josie currently lives in Royal Oak, MI, and she gigs regularly in the Detroit and Ann Arbor communities. She also teaches at the School at Marygrove, Northwestern High School, and is a private instructor for the McCourt’s Music Group. Josie has a passion for performing and education, and she is grateful to be part of Dertroit’s historical music community.

I Wish I Knew 
https://youtu.be/IzHoN6YiYm4

Soul Eyes 
https://youtu.be/dTFB2Ql0feQ