Judges

Howard Mandel (USA)
Howard Malden (USA)

President of the Jazz Journalist Association, author, educator, editor, webcaster, blogger, print journalist.
Two-time winner of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, Howard Mandel has been published by the the Village Voice, Chicago Reader, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Musical America, Rytmit (Helsinki), The Wire (London), Swing Journal (Tokyo) and Bravo! (Sao Paolo), among other periodicals.

GeGè Telesforo (Italy)
GeGè Telesforo (Italy)
Singer, musician, producer, Radio & Tv Broadcaster, UNICEF GoodWill Ambassador for SoundzForChildren
 
GeGè Telesforo represents a multifaceted professional figure, the best example of the current jazz tradition in Italy.
 
GeGè’s artistic endeavors began 35 years ago as drummer and jazz singer, when his incredible talent was discovered by the Italian media celebrity Renzo Arbore. Over the years, he has developed his own personal style of “scat” singing, renewing a particular form of vocal improvisation almost forgotten abroad and which has never existed in Italy.
 
Since the mid 80′s, GeGè has brought together the best musicians from the Italian Jazz and R&B scene (Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Antonio Faraò, Stefano Di Battista, Enzo Pietropaoli, Rita Marcotulli, Dario and Alfonso Deidda, Max Ionata, Giorgia Todrani, Marco Rinalduzzi, Marco Tamburini, Amedeo Ariano, Rossana Casale, Agostino Marangolo, Francesco Puglisi, Fabio Zeppetella, Marcello Surace, Alex Gwiss, Marco Siniscalco, Max Bottini, Rocco Zifarelli, Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Mia Cooper,….), performing with them a renewal of old jazz standards and his original compositions using breathtaking arrangements and moving harmonies.
 
 

 

Jan Fritz (Germany)
Jan Fritz (Germany)
Founder of the agency JAZZMEDIA & MORE and editor for diverse music magazines. He was a music editor at the private radio channel KISS-FM Berlin (production and hosting of the weekly broadcast „Jazzbeats“ from 1992-1996). Parallel he did publicity studies at the “Hochschule der Künste Berlin” (Academy of the Arts Berlin) and worked also as a freelanced radio producer for diverse radio channels in Berlin and internationally. 
Dubi Lenz (Israel)
Dubi Lenz (Israel)

Broadcaster, editor, journalist, teacher and writer. Member of the Israeli Education Ministry’s Music Committee. Artistic Director of The Red Sea Jazz Festival. Member of the planning committee of Unesco’s FORUM CULTURAL MUNDIAL (Brazil, 2004/2006). In 2009 he received Awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. 

Arthur Satyan (Armenia)
Arthur Satyan (Armenia)
Armenia born jazz pianist, composer and educator. In the early 90's,  Arthur developed into the city's top piano man, working with all kinds of combos and big bands, at same time earning his "Master of Composition" Degree from Yerevan State Conservatory of  Music. Arthur was invited to Lebanon in 1996 for the opening of the biggest casino in the Middle East "Casino Du Liban". Two years later he was appointed to the faculty of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in Beirut.
Professor of Piano and the Dean of Jazz Department at the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music since 1998, he taught, influenced and inspired almost every young jazz musician in the region.
Arnaldo DeSouteiro (Brazil)
Arnaldo DeSouterio (Brasil)

Journalist, Jazz & Brazilian Music Historian, Record Producer, Publicist, Arranger, Percussionist, Educator, member of Jazz Journalists Association, voting member of NARAS-GRAMMY, founder of the JSR (Jazz Station Records) label.

Dmitry Baevsky (Russia)
Dmitry Baevsky (Russia)

Born in St Petersburg, Russia, is a jazz saxophonist, band leader and teacher. He studied at the Mussorgsky College of Music in St.Petersburg and New School University in New York. He played with Peter Bernstein, Willie Jones III, Cedar Walton, Dennis Irwin,...

Debbie Mari (South Africa)
Debbie Mari (South Africa)

Vocalist and pianist. She is a Lecturer in the Jazz Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Arts (Music). She is the Project Manager of the UKUSA Arts Programme and is a Board member of KUMISA (KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association). 

Jesús Rodríguez Alarcón (Mexico)
Jesús Rodríguez Alarcón (Mexico)
Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Center of the Universidad Veracruzana, drummer and composer.
Jesús Rodríguez Alarcón began his musical training at the Faculty of Music of the Universidad Veracruzana in the area of
classical percussion and jazz drums with the masters Adolfo Álvarez and Iván Martínez
in Xalapa and later with Pedro Galindo in Mexico City.
Fiona Ross (UK)
Fiona Ross (UK)

Vocalist, pianist, composer, producer, educator and journalist. Head of the British Academy of New Music for 8 years, now emerging as a Jazz artist in her own right receiving rave reviews and known as creating a new contemporary jazz sound. 

Member of the Jazz Journalist Association and The British Association of journalists. Senior writer for Jazz in Europe.

Iñaki Askunze (Spain)
Iñaki Askunze (Spain)

Musician, conductor, arranger, composer.

Iñaki has studied “Saxophone” at San Sebastián Conservatory with “Honor´s Award” and at Berklee College of Music (Boston). He took classes from Joe Viola & Herb Pomeroy. He graduated “Magna Cum Laude Diploma” in “Performance” & “Jazz Composition“.
He has taught Saxophone at “Joaquín Maya” Conservatory (Pamplona) and “Harmony and arranging in Barcelona at “Taller de Musics”

 

 

Patricia Johnston (France)
Patricia Johnston (France)

Producer, co-founder Taklit Publishing & Production

A graduate in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, Patricia co-runs Taklit, an agency specializing in production, publishing, artist management, concert & tour management. Patricia entered the world of music at age 8 after having heard violinist, William Boyd make his violin speak during a school presentation of orchestral instruments. 

Geila Zilkha (Japan)
Geila Kilkha (Japan)

Jazz Vocalist, singer, songwriter, educator

Born and raised in Kobe, Japan. Now based in Tokyo.  Geila was born half Israeli and Japanese. Attended Canadian Academy International School, then graduated Berklee College of Music in 1991.  Hosted TV and radio programs after returning to Kobe, then moved to Tokyo in 1995 after the huge earthquake that hit Kobe. Her career was more focused in music in Tokyo, singing for TV commercials and many other studio project works where she sang in both English and Japanese. 

Chris Hodgkins (UK)
Chris Hodgkins (UK)
Musician, writer, broadcaster (Jazz London Radio, Pure Jazz Radio)
 
He was raised in Cardiff, and in 1974 co-founded the Welsh Jazz Festival with Geoff Palser. He was instrumental, four years later, in establishing the Welsh Jazz Society with David Greensmith. As a jazz trumpeter Chris joined the Icon Jazzmen when he was 18.
Marcela Breton (Colombia)
Marcela Breton (Colombia)

Colombian-born jazz and literary critic. Her writing has appeared on African American Review, All Music Guide to Jazz, Americas, Coda, Global Rhythm, Jazz Notes, JazzTimes. She is a member of the Jazz Journalist Association.

Greg Stott (Australia)
Greg Stott (Australia)

Australian guitarist and teacher. He teaches jazz, contemporary guitar and theory lecturer at the Australian National University and has been a featured performer at numerous events including the New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, the Sydney Olympics Festival and more.

Hrayr Attarian (USA)
Hrayr Attarian (USA)

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, raised with jazz music, journalist for All About Jazz, Chicago Jazz Magazine and Jazziz. Member of the Jazz Journalist Association.

He has recently organized and headed the selection committee for the 2018 edition of Jazz Journalists' Association's Jazz Photo Contest.

Fernando Rodriguez de Mondesert (Dominican Republic)
Fernando Rodriguez de Mondesert (Dominican Republic)

Member of the Jazz Journalist Association, journalist for All About Jazz, Jazz Times Digital and various newspapers in the Dominican Republic. He is the Founder and Director of Jazz en Dominicana.

Mark Sullivan (USA)
Mark Sullivan (USA)

Mark is a musician and composer (librarian by profession) with a special interest in bebop-based jazz and experimental music.
He has been contributing and editing for All About Jazz since 2013. He also blogs about “mature readers” comic books, especially those published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. 

Yuri Kishimoto (Japan)
Yuri Kishimoto (Japan)

Yuri Kishimoto is a teacher, jazz saxophone player, composer and arranger from Japan. She is also teaching at Silpakorn University in Thailand.

Eddy Determeyer (Netherlands)
Eddy Determeyer (Netherlands)

Born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, writes for draaiomjeoren.nl jazz blog, editor for Doctor Jazz Magazine, produces radio shows for concertzender.nl.

 
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