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2020 JM Jazz World Applications Now Open!


JM International invites you to the 2020 edition of the JM Jazz World Orchestra!

Applications for the JMJWO 2020 are now open.

Organised by JM International, the JM Jazz World Orchestra is a unique project, bringing together some of planet's most promising young jazz talents as one international big band.

We are looking for highly talented musicians between the ages of 18 and 26, playing saxophone, trombone, trumpet, horn, tuba, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano and vocals, and if you improvise all other instruments welcome. It is essential that you read sheet music, but the most important thing is your love for jazz!

Selected musicians will have the chance to play with other first-class young musicians under the guidance of the JMJWO Artistic Director and other internationally-renowned jazz mentors.

We are pleased to announce that US trombonist and composer/arranger Luis Bonilla will return for the 2020 edition, continuing his outstanding work as Artistic Director.

The 2020 session will run in summer 2020. More info about where and when the session will be held will be released in February 2020. JM Jazz World sessions begin with a week of rehearsals, followed by a 7 - 10 day international concert/festival tour.


The JMJWO is a unique opportunity to play with talented and passionate jazz musicians from around the world and to learn from some of the planets most accomplished jazz musicians who direct, mentor and perform alongside the orchestra. As well as maintaining the highest standards of musicianship and working with the planet, the orchestra also offers an invaluable intercultural learning experience and a taste of life as an internationally touring musician.


Luis Bonilla is a US-Costa Rican trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. Bonilla's success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time. Bonilla has taught at some of the most prestigious music faculties in the US and Europe and is a respected touring musician with international pop artists like Tony Bennett, Alejandro Sanz, Diana Ross, Marc Anthony, La India, Mary J. Blige and, currently, Phil Collins on his European and Latin American tours.


The JMJWO is seeking musicians aged between 18-26 playing saxophone, trombone, trumpet, horn, tuba, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano and vocals. It is essential that you read sheet music, but the most important thing is a passion for music. Applications comprise of global open video/online auditions processed by the JMJWO committee and a professional jury. Candidates will be asked to provide:

  • Links to videos with you performing at least 2 different pieces: a theme and an improvisation. The candidates need to be clearly heard, with an important soloist part.

  • Your full CV (must contain information about faculty of music, academy and school of music, experience acquired as a jazz musician).

  • A written recommendation from a music teacher or similar.

  • A signed statement from either your parents, yourself, university, school or a JMI National Member or Associate Section, stating that your travel costs to and from the tour will be covered.


A professional international jury will select the best candidates. The candidates who make it through the first selection may be asked to present additional material. 


The jury will select up to 25 musicians to form the JM Jazz World Orchestra 2020 as well as a reserve shortlist of musicians, who may join the project in the case of cancellations. All candidates will be notified about the results by the end of April.


  • During your stay, all accommodation and material needs are provided by JM International.Transportation to and from session venue must be covered by the participant but may be sponsored by your national JM member organisation ( or other local organisations or schools.

  • Musicians must take care about their own visas and all other official requirements as well as pocket money for their private expenses.

  • If invitation letters are required please contact JM International once selected.

  • You must have a good comprehension of English as all workshops will be in English. Spanish is welcome too.

  • Selected musicians must insure their own instrument(s), travel and health.

Apply via the following link:

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020

More info

+ 385 9816969892 / +32 2 513 97 74 /


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