I was talking with Chuck Israels today about the possiblity of a Jazz & Big Band competition. We were discussing perhaps having a Jazz & Big Band competition this fall.
The Village Vanguard in New York seems to be doable as a venue and I have had discussed this with its manager. I also talked with Chuck about possibly hiring Dave Berger and the Sultans of Swing or another well-known big band to perform the winning works. We were also discussing candidates for judges who would be well known musicians in the jazz community.
As far as the Orchestration competition. Carnegie Hall didn't work for this year but we are in discussions for next year. I was holding off for GPO Advanced for the competition, but it looks like GPOA will be released later rather than sooner.
Do you still want a orchestral competition this year? We could do it in the Czech Republic again (Olomouc, Brno or Prague). Or would waiting until next year be fine and we go for the big band competition this year?
Let me know your thoughts.