This year the third edition of the Dutch Jazz Competition will take place. From this year on the final of the Competition, formerly programmed for the eve of North Sea Jazz, has its own place at the festival itself. The Dutch Jazz Competition is meant for jazz bands and musicians to get them ‘into the picture’ and to promote Dutch jazz at home and abroad. After an open registration round in February, eighteen bands were selected by a jury to perform in the semi-finale.
At North Sea six of the remained finalist will compete for the first prize, which includes a work budget, a national tour, a CD recording and of course, a performance at the North Sea Jazz festival 2002. Furthermore, prizes will be awarded for the Best Own Composition, the Best Solo Player and the Best New Talent. In 2000 and 2001 winners of the competition were respectively Jamesz and On the Line. Both groups and their individual band members are busy creating a distinct profile for themselves. Even as the winners of the Best New Talent, respectively Glenn Corneille and Oene van Geel.