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April 3, 2007

Canadian Wins International Jazz Arranging Competition

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Fred Stride of Vancouver Top Jazz Arranger

The University of South Florida has announced the winners of their first International Jazz Arranging Competition 2007. Fred Stride of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and David Peoples of Memphis, Tenn., are the top winners, with Stride taking home the cash prize of $2500 for the ‘Open” category, and Peoples $1000 for the “Young Artists” categories.

The competition pays tribute to the compostions of the late saxophonist Michael Brecker, and is sponsored by the USF Center for Jazz Competition. Brecker, a jazz legend, passed away in January following a long fight with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and leukemia. More than 40 big-band arrangements, by composers representing six countries and three continents, were submitted to the competition.

Stride’s arrangement of “Peep” and Peoples’ arrangement of “Never Alone” will be performed by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, April 21-23 at venues in the Tampa Bay area and Orlando. New commissions by acclaimed jazz composers Vince Mendoza and Gil Goldstein will also be heard on the program, titled “A Tribute to Michael Brecker.”

The concerts are the final performances of the season for the Center for Jazz Composition’s Jazz Masterworks Series, in the School of Music at the USF College of Visual & Performing Arts.

Submissions to the International Jazz Arranging Competition were made in two categories – open (no age restrictions) and young artist (30 years of age or younger by 6/1/07) – and were evaluated by a guest panel of esteemed composers.

Open Category – Winner: Fred Stride, “Peep,” Vancouver, Canada; Honorable Mention: Michael Titlebaum, “Misterios Delta City,” Valley Cottage, NY ; Honorable Mention: Jeremy Levy: “Slings and Arrows,” Burbank, CA

Young Artist Category – Winner: David Peoples, “Never Alone,” Memphis, TN; Honorable Mention: Sean Foley, “Outrance,” Denton, TX; Honorable Mention: Daniel Mester, “The Naked Soul,” Budapest, Hungary

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