Jazz Juniors Competition (Kraków) 2021 Open for Entries


This year’s Jazz Juniors Competition will take place on 6 October 2021 in Kraków. It is now open for entries until 31 August 2021. Mary James writes:

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2019 Winner Jakub Paulski. Photo © Michał Łepecki

The prestigious Jazz Juniors Competition held annually in Kraków returns as a live event for its 45th edition after a domestic-only version last year owing to global travel restrictions. It is organised by Fundacja Muzyki Filmowej i Jazzowej.

The competition started in 1976 and previous winners and award holders include Leszek Możdżer and Pawel Kaczmarczyk. The competition is open to jazz musicians of 35 years and under, and the prize is an album recording released on a record label chosen by the organisers plus additional prizes such as festival gigs, and the Janusz Muniak Award for an outstanding musician.

The closing date for online entries is 31 August and a decision on the successful entrants (who will be selected via an anonymised process) will be made on 7 September with the final audition on Wednesday 6 October, held live in Kraków. The competition is the opening event of the four day Jazz Juniors Festival.

Those interested may like to know that if invited to audition, there is a requirement to be in Kraków for the entirety of 6 October only, so enabling musicians to undertake work at home close to the audition date. Travel costs are not covered by the organisers but accommodation and full backline will be provided.

The jury members are US guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly (who recorded with Miles Davis on Amandla and is known for his cross genre collaborations), gnawa music master Majid Bekkas from Morocco, and Chair of the Jury and Artistic Director of the Jazz Juniors Festival, saxophonist Adam Pierończyk.

LINKS: Competition website

Regulations and application form

Mary James’ report on the 2019 Competition

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