Julius Keilwerth Announces 3rd Annual "Saxophone Idol"
...to highlight jazz saxophone talent from around the world and give young sax players the opportunity to perform on an international stage.
Auditions are open to all jazz saxophonists worldwide and consist of a video-recorded live video performance. Submissions for the first two Saxophone Idol finals came from at least 12 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Poland, and Japan. From the many video auditions submitted each year, finalists are selected to perform during the live Saxophone Idol finals, where they’re evaluated by a panel of industry judges including Buffet Group USA President and CEO François Kloc and legendary Julius Keilwerth Artist Ernie Watts.
The inaugural Saxophone Idol in 2013 crowned Polish native Krzysztof Urbanski of the U.K. as its first winner. Along with his group, Urban Jazz Society, Urbanski has since recorded the album History of Tomorrow as a Keilwerth tenor saxophone artist. New York-based alto saxophonist Nicholas Biello won the 2014 competition. Both winners were awarded new Keilwerth MKX saxophones as part of their competition-winning prize package. Saxophone Idol winners are also given special consideration to be added to the Keilwerth Saxophone Artist Roster.
This third annual Saxophone Idol competition is a special one, as it will be held in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of Julius Keilwerth saxophones. The eminent jazz saxophonist Brad Leali will be featured as a guest artist and judge. The live finals event will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago. Audition requirements and application information can be found at www.saxidol.com.
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