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Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition

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Gala Concert, September 14 at the Holtschneider Performance Center
Sponsored by International Trumpet Guild, in cooperation with the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition honors one of the world’s greatest brass teachers. It is to this man and his work that the competition is dedicated.

Two morning clinics will be presented on the Carmine Caruso Teaching Method and French Horn. The final round of competition will be held in the afternoon and an free gala evening concert will be held at the DePaul University School of Music's Holtschneider Performance Center, featuring the finalists of the competition along with performances by each of the distinguished judges alongside an all-star big band of Chicago's top musicians.   The winner of this prestigious award will be announced live on-stage at the performance by International Trumpet Guild President Cathy Leach. 

The morning clinics and afternoon finalist competition are free with no ticket or reservation required.  The evening gala concert is free, tickets required and seating will be general admission.

All programs and artists subject to change.

Event Schedule

September 14, 2019

10  a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 
Julie Landsman: Carmine Caruso Teaching Techniques Clinic and French Horn Clinic -Dempsey Corboy Jazz Hall 
Free and open to the public, no ticket or reservation required
Julie Landsman presents her experiences with the Carmine Caruso Teaching Method. Principal horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator. She received a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinis, and has served as a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1989.

Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Finalist Competition - Gannon Concert Hall
Free and open to the public, no ticket or reservation required
Hear each of the finalists perform for the judges in the competition round of the day.   The winner will not be announced until the gala concert at 7 p.m. in Gannon Concert Hall.  

7 p.m.  Gala Concert - Gannon Concert Hall​​​
Free and open to the public, tickets required and seating will be general admission. 
Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday, August 6 at 10 a.m. 
Presentation of competition results along with a concert featuring the competition finalists, judges and an all-star big band of Chicago's top musicians.  

* All program and artists are subject to change​


​Dave Adewumi
Dave Adewumi
Dave Adewumi is an award-winning trumpet player, composer, and educator captivated by the transcendental nature of music. His work is derivative from the great black improvisers and composers of the past, yet pushes forward to capture the totality of the human experience. 
From his strong Nigerian upbringing in New Hampshire, he established an unquenchable thirst for music creation leading him to study at the New England Conservatory. Mentored by a number of critically acclaimed musicians including Ralph Alessi, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, John McNeil, and the late Laurie Frink, Dave set a foundation that would propel him to his future.
He was accepted to the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and the following year studied at The Banff Center, and at Harvard University with Vijay Iyer. In 2016 Dave was accepted to the highly selective Juilliard Jazz Master’s Program under the artistic leadership and instruction of Wynton Marsalis. In 2017 he was the first jazz musician and trumpet player to receive the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. 
He has performed around the world including the Panama Jazz Festival, Generations in Jazz Festival (in Australia with James Morrison), and as a featured artist in the Bern Jazz Festival. His most recent collaborations have been with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon’s “Absence of Ruin - a meditation on the life of James Reese Europe” at the Kennedy Center, and Dave Douglas’ Project “Engage”.
Jacob Baldwin
Jacob Baldwin
Jacob Baldwin attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he met many teachers and peers that continue to serve as major inspirations today. He placed third in the International Trumpet Guild’s jazz division in 2010 and second in the National Trumpet Competition’s jazz division in 2013. A Minneapolis native since 2013, Baldwin keeps a busy schedule as a freelance trumpeter in addition to leading his own groups, recording, and teaching.

Cosimo Boni
Cosimo Boni
Cosimo Boni is a trumpet player and composer from Reggello, Italy. He completed his bachelor degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee with a full tuition scholarship. It was at Berklee where he had the opportunity to play and study with great contemporary jazz artists from all over the world like Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, George Garzone, Bill Frisell and many others.  Over the years he has performed in important venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center and festivals such as Newport Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival and DR ​Jazz Festival, Tarnow Jazz festival in Poland. He currently resides in New York City where he leads his own quintet and collaborates on many other musical projects.

Skyler Floe
Skyler Floe

Skyler Floe was born and raised north of Seattle in Lynnwood, Washington and began playing trumpet at age 10. While attending Mountlake Terrace High School, Skyler played in its acclaimed jazz band. As a Senior, Skyler was a participant at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, where Wynton Marsalis awarded him the Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award. Inspired by all genres of trumpet playing including classical and jazz, Skyler moved to Ellensburg, WA to study trumpet technique with pedagogue, John Harbaugh at Central Washington University (CWU), where he earned his undergraduate degrees in classical performance and music education.

Throughout his studies at CWU, Skyler made regular appearances at the National Trumpet Competition in both classical and jazz divisions as well as the International Trumpet Guild. While attending CWU, Skyler regularly performed around the PNW as a leader of his own jazz quintet Hot Minute, and spent four years as a member of CWU's critically acclaimed Jazz Band 1 where in 2015 they won the Next Generation Jazz Festival earning them a performance at the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival. Skyler was also active in the classical scene and performed regularly as a section trumpet player for the Wenatchee Symphony and Yakima Symphony Orchestras. In his last year at Central, Skyler was fortunate enough to hold the Principal Trumpet position at both CWU Symphony Orchestra and Wenatchee Symphony.

After finishing his studies at CWU, Skyler spent two years studying at the Institute of Jazz in Graz, Austria under the tutelage of Jim Rotondi. While in Graz, Skyler performed and recorded with musicians from all over the world in Austria's lively jazz scene. Doing so led to the creation of Skyler's newest project The Chordless Quartet, which performs Skyler's original compositions and features some of the best up-and-coming jazz musicians on the European scene.  Skyler is currently pursuing a master's degree at Indiana University where he holds an Associate Instructor position.​

Andrew Stephens
Andrew Stephens
Andrew Stephens grew up in Sacramento, California playing traditional jazz and swing. In high school, he participated in the Essentially Ellington and Mingus festivals and was a member of the Grammy Band and the Monterey Next Generation Orchestra. He attended UC Berkeley for Mathematics, where he studied with Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg in addition to his academic pursuits. Since he graduated last May, he has been a working musician base​d in San Francisco.​

Adjucators & Guest Artists

Ambrose Akinmuserie
Ambrose Akinmusire
During his 15-year career, Ambrose Akinmusire has paradoxically situated himself in both the center and the periphery of jazz, most recently emerging in classical and hip-hop circles. He’s on a perpetual quest for new paradigms, masterfully weaving inspiration from other genres, arts and life in general into compositions that are as poetic and graceful as they are bold and unflinching. His unorthodox approach to sound and composition make him a regular on critics polls and have earned him earned him grants and commissions from the Doris Duke Foundation, the MAP Fund and the Kennedy Center. Read more about Ambrose on his website.
Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
Jim Macnie of the Village Voice wrote, “Fetchingly situated between Brownian blasts and Milesian murmurs, the trumpeter’s lines cover lots of emotional breadth. It makes for a straight-ahead quintet approach that is quite willing to bend the rules to suit a tune’s forgotten corners. His poetry with standard ballads might hush this room. Evidently he does know what love is.” Tim Hagans was nominated for Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Composition for “Box of Cannoli” from The Avatar Sessions, Best Contemporary Jazz CD for Re-Animation and Animation-Imagination. Read more about Tim on his website.
Charles Tolliver
Charles Tolliver
Dizzy Gillespie, when asked in a Downbeat magazine interview with Herb Nolan, “what trumpet players do you hear today whom you like”, Dizzy’s reply, “Charles Tolliver – I like him.” Charles Tolliver, entirely self-taught, is a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpetist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942, his musical career began at the age of eight when his beloved grandmother, Lela, presented him with his first instrument, a cornet, and the inspiration to learn. Read more about Charles on his website.
Julie Landsman
Julie Landsman (Carmine Caruso Clinic)
Principal horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator. She received a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinis, and has served as a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1989. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Landsman achieved her dream of becoming principal of the MET in 1985 and held that position until 2010. She has also shared her talent to many other ensembles within the city as a current member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and having performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic. Read more about Julie on her website.​​

Competition Rules and Guidelines

The complete competition rules and guidelines can be found below or are available to download here​.
  1. The 2019 competition is open to all trumpeters (except previous first-prize winners) born after Sept. 14, 1989, provided that they are not currently under major artist management.
  2. The online application will be available beginning March 1, 2019, and will close on June 1, 2019. The online application has two separate forms, and each requires different materials. Both must be completed before submission is considered final, but you may fill out the forms in either order.
    1. At, the ITG Competition website, you must complete the following:
      1. Complete the online registration form.
      2. Upload unedited recordings of the required repertoire (see Rule 6) with live rhythm section. Recordings must be uploaded in an mp3 format only. You will be required to submit each selection as a separate mp3 file.
      3. Pay a non-refundable application free of $100.00 US. After uploading their recordings, applicants will be taken to a PayPal portal in which they can pay via credit card or PayPal balance. The email used to register for this competition should match the email on the PayPal account used for payment. Payment is required at the time of application.
    2. You must submit the following materials to host Chad McCullough at

      1. Copy of lead sheets of your chosen repertoire in PDF format for all selections.
      2. Copy of document (such as passport, driver's license or birth certificate).
    3. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. You will be sent acknowledgement of receipt of your materials.

    4. Finalists will be contacted by the competition host and required to provide specific for receipt of materials at the time of notification.
  3. The competition has two stages:
    1. A preliminary round (see Rules 2i, 5 and 6)
    2. A final round performed live at the competition site - the DePaul University School of Music, Chicago, IL - on September 14, 2019. Rehearsal with the competition rhythm section will take place on September 13, 2019.
  4. Prizes: First prize is $10,000.00 US and second prize is $5,0000.00 US. The judges reserve the right to award no first and/or second prize if they fell that no contestant meets the standards set for this competition. No ties will be awarded. Winnings of US and non-US citizens are subject to US income tax laws and withholding requirements.
  5. Repertoire: Each contestant’s preliminary recording must include four (4) different selections from the following categories:
    1. Selections 1 and 2: Choose two of the five following standard tune styles (One or both of these selections may be original compositions in these styles):
      1. Ballad
      2. Latin jazz
      3. Up-tempo rhythm changes
      4. Contemporary funk-rock fusion
      5. Jazz waltz or mixed meter
    2. Selection 3: Wayne Shorter's Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum. If you need to purchase this lead sheet, you can find a copy in the Jamey Aebersold Play-a-Long Series, Volume 33. You can order this through almost any music store.
    3. Selection 4: Contestant's choice in any jazz style.
  6. Preliminary (recorded) round: The preliminary round consists of the submitted mp3 recordings of all selections as listed in Rule 5. The mp3 files should be of the highest quality possible and must be made with a live (not prerecorded) rhythm section. The recordings must be unedited except between selections. Do NOT announce the name of the contestant or the title of the selections on the recording. All recordings will be judged anonymously.
  7. Final Round: A maximum of five (5) finalists will be chosen to compete in the final round at DePaul University, Chicago, IL. All finalists will be notified by July 15, 2019. After all finalists have been chosen, the other applicants will be notified. All finalists will receive a travel expense reimbursement of up to $500.00 US. A professional rhythm section will be provided for each of the finalists to rehearse and perform their selections in Chicago, IL on September 13 and 14, 2019. Finalists will have a maximum of 1 1⁄2 hours to rehearse with this group prior to the finals. All finalists will perform three or four selections from the preliminary tape plus a new required selection to be given to the contestant at the rehearsal for a maximum performance time of 30 minutes. These rehearsals are not open to the public. The final round will take place in the form of a concert with each contestant drawing lots to determine his or her order of appearance.
  8. All prize winners must agree to allow ITG to release post-competition publicity that may include photos, video, audio, and/or material from their bios. The first-prize winner will be invited to perform as a featured artist at the 2020 ITG Conference.
  9. The competition chair is in charge of the competition and may, in case of an emergency or necessity, make decisions or adopt policies that would be beneficial to the operations for the competition. The awards ceremony will occur at the end of the final-round concert. The International Trumpet Guild and the Herb Alpert Foundation provide all monetary prizes and operations for the competition.
  10. Competition Advisory Committee:
    1. Chair: Vern Sielert
    2. Host: Chad McCullough
    3. ITG President: Cathy Leach
  11. Questions regarding the competition may be addressed to the host:
    1. ​Chad McCullough, (206) 300-8100 or​