Familylinks, a local, broad-based human services organization, is looking for young, up-and-coming jazz musicians to perform at its Just Jazz II fundraising event on March 21 at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. The YouTube video contest requires applicants to be students in either high school or college, and performing in dance combos, i.e. trios, quartets, and quintets.

“We thought it’d be fun to continue the long tradition of jazz in Pittsburgh,” says Familylinks Communications and Fund Development Associate Stephanie Rex. “At the same time, we want to give a young person the chance to shine and have a new performance experience at a large-scale event.”

To apply, students can upload a video to Familylinks’ Dropbox account by 11:59 p.m. on February 1 (log-in information is available at Judges including vocalist Lisa Ferraro, and jazz trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III, will choose five finalists for the public to vote on.

Finalists will be announced on February 8 and those videos will be posted to Familylinks’ YouTube page. Voting will run from February 8-28 and will be calculated by each “like” the video receives. The video with the most “likes” will be declared the winner on March 1, and the video will be marketed through social media and e-blasts prior to the event.

The winners will perform during Just Jazz II’s cocktail hour!

“We’ve already been receiving submissions, and are excited to see the young talent here in Pittsburgh,” says Rex.


Contest details can be found at, under the News+Events section.
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