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The winning ensemble is

Trevor Zemtseff & Company 

The Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1500 prize and will perform a live set on October 4, 2019 at LACMA opening up for Jacob Mann as part of the 2019 Angel City Jazz Festival. The LACMA performance will also be broadcast on KJAZZ two weeks after the concert.
In addition, UCSD Jazz Camp will award a scholarship to a musician performing in the finals chosen by our judging panel.
Finalists will be announced on September 30, 2019 and the finals will take place on October 1, 2019. All finalists will receive free admission to all festival events.

Past Winners:

2018: The Will Kjeer Trio
2017: Sean Harrison & Kairos
2016: Steven Gordon Quartet
2015: The J-Bac Quartet
2014: The Interstellar Quintet
2013: Zach Ramacier Group
2012: Anthony Lucca Quintet
2011: The Shutz Vtet

The Will Kjeer Trio, winners of the 2018 competition

The Will Kjeer Trio, winners of the 2018 competition

Competition Rules 

This competition is open to all high-school and college-aged student jazz ensembles in the greater Los Angeles Area. In order to qualify for the competition ensembles must:

  • be composed of musicians between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. Age restrictions apply at the time of the submission.

  • consist of between 3 and 10 members.

  • compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation. 

  • not have won the competition in the past 3 years. Ensembles that have reached the finals of our competition in the past are allowed to enter the competition again.

  • be available to perform at the finals on on October 1, 2019 if selected as a finalist

  • be available to perform at LACMA on October 4, 2019 if selected as the winning ensemble

Interested artists must submit a package electronically between May 1, 2019 and September 29, 2019 by clicking the link below. Please enter the name of the ensemble in the title field of the submission form and include the following info:

    •    the personnel performing on the submitted tunes

    •    a brief history of the ensemble

Also, please attach the following documents:

    •    3 tunes (mp3, mp4 or wav) featuring original compositions

    •     1 recommendation letter from a music instructor/mentor (pdf, doc, docx)

If you have any questions please send an email to