Tom Carroll Judge for Jazz Arts Group
Tom Carroll was one of three judges for the 2014 Hank Marr High School Jazz Award. The winner is Christopher Thompson-Taylor.
“The playing levels of the participants seem to get better and better every year,” stated Carroll. “This competition is extremely important in these times where music and arts are being cut back all across the board in public education from K-12. Keeping this American art form in the schools is extremely important to those who want to play this music as well as keeping it a part of the landscape of our communities.”
This award demonstrates excellence in musicianship and performance amongst Ohio’s young students of jazz. Eight extremely talented high school students auditioned for the $500 cash award and the chance to perform with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and Artistic Director Byron Stripling at the August 8th JazZoo! concert at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.
This year’s three finalists were Julian Dittmer, piano, Bexley, OH; Logan Moore, saxophone, Hilliard, OH; and Christopher Thompson-Taylor, saxophone, Cincinnati, OH. Adjudicators for the final round included: Tom Carroll, guitar, Professor of Music, Denison University; Ray Eubanks, founder of the Jazz Arts Group and former Professor of Music, Capital University; and Jim Rupp, drummer, Professor of Music at Ohio State University, owner Columbus Pro Percussion.
Final adjudication took place on Saturday, May 10 at JAG’s Jazz Academy. All three finalists, with a rhythm section made up of local professional jazz musicians, performed solo then as an ensemble and all three played beautifully. Jurors Carroll, Eubanks, and Rupp all commented on the quality of the three finalists, highlighting the strengths of each performance.