J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition

For trombonists ages 25 and under (birth date of January 1, 1990 or later)

First Prize - TBA

General Rules and Requirements

Additional Rules

  • Required repertoire should be uploaded as three separate audio files. No edits may be made within a single track.
  • Any audible count-offs will violate the spoken dialogue rule and are grounds for disqualification.
  • Recordings must be made with a live rhythm section (minimum 2 members) in the key of your choice.
  • Choruses must be improvised and not read.
  • It is the performer’s choice to play one or two choruses of the melody on each selection. The maximum number of choruses, including the melody, must not be exceeded.
  • Recordings taken from a Jazz band performance are not allowed.
  • Past winners of the JJ Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition are not eligible in the 2016 JJ Johnson competition.

Preliminary & Final Round Repertoire

  • Six to eight (6 - 8) choruses of a Blues (including the melody) OR Four to Five (4 - 5) choruses of a "rhythm changes" tune (examples: "I've Got Rhythm", "Oleo", "Anthropology")
  • Four to six (4 - 6) choruses of any composition (except a blues), composed by J.J. Johnson (including the melody).
  • Original Composition by the performer

Past Winners

J.J. Johnson/Rath

Year Winner School
2005 Roland Barber Manhattan School of Music
2006 Michael Dease Juilliard School of Music

ITA/Rath Previous Winners

Year Winner School
2007 Kevin Cerovich University of Missouri-Kansas City

J.J. Johnson Previous Winners

Year Winner School
2008 Joe McDonough Temple University
2009 Robbie Harvey Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
2010 Nate Kimball University of Nevada-Las Vegas graduate
2011 Adam Machaskee Rutgers University
2012 Robinson Khoury CNSMD Lyon, France
2013 Javier Nero University of Miami
2014 Ido Meshulam Berklee College of Music (alumnus)
2015 Stepan Janousek Czech Republic (no school listed)