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Jazz Combo Competition

Annual University of Iowa Jazz Combo Competition


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Voxman School of Music, 93 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa Jazz Studies area is incredibly pleased to announce the launch of our annual Jazz Combo Competition! The overwhelming jazz focus in the state of Iowa has been Big Band up to this point--and we’re long overdue for an annual event that encourages and celebrates the art of small group jazz performance. Iowa is honored to be the first school in the state to do so.

Full Competition Rules and Details



  1. Intra-School Division
  2. Mixed School Division



Intra-school Division Groups:  8am to noon

Jazz Combo Clinic by Dr. Aaron Miller: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mixed School Division Groups: 2pm to 5pm

Evening Winner’s Concert: 7pm

Note: Individual group time slots will be assigned after registration


Entry Fee: $100 per individual group (via check or online payment/registration)

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2022 (entry fee non-refundable after this date)


1st place winners in each division receive the following:

  • School or Band name permanently engraved on UI Jazz Combo Competition travelling trophy.
  • Performance on evening winner’s concert - broadcast live on KCCK Jazz 88.3 FM.
  • Two guaranteed performance opportunities at major performance venues/outlets within the state of Iowa (courtesy of KCCK Jazz 88.3 FM).
  • High quality audio and video recordings of evening concert performance - including coverage of 1-year copyright clearance/public use permissions.



There is a $100 fee for each group entered into the competition. REGISTER NOW

Please contact Professor Damani Phillips for more information: