NBC has The Voice. The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival now has the Jazz Voice, an inaugural vocal competition for singers 16 and up. The Jazz Voice semi-finalists will perform in a live vocal competition on the second day of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, February 15, noon, in Rockville, MD, 1750 Rockville Pike.
The festival producer and sponsor, Jazz Academy of Music, began accepting submissions from singers on October 15 and will continue to do so until January 8, 2014. Submissions to the MAJF website must include uploaded, traditional jazz samples (three minimum, three minutes max, up-tempo, ballad, and entrant’s choice), a YouTube video link of a jazz performance, and photo, with a $75 entry fee.
Contestants can’t already be attached to a record label, publisher, or anyone involved in the Jazz Academy of Music. They also can’t ever have performed on the festival’s Ronnie Wells Main Stage within the last two years, or scheduled for the year 2014.
After the first round, the panel of judges will pick six semi-finalists and two alternates. The semi-finalists get to perform live at the festival on the Main Stage before judges and an audience who will also judge. Every finalist is set to perform two traditional jazz standards, an up-tempo swing and the required, “Spring Can Hang You Up The Most” by Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolf, in any style. They’ll have the MAJF rhythm section to back them up, and plenty of prep time with the lead MAJF musician beforehand.
The panel of judges and the live audience decide on the winner for a technical (70 percent of the final score) and popular (25 percent) vote. The grand prize winner receives $2,000, the second place winner-$1,000, and third place, a recognition plaque. All three winners receive plaques.