Judges

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Julien Lepièce (Belgium)

Julien Lepièce (Belgium)

 
Executive Producer of the labels Outnote Records and the Collection "Instinct" at Outhere Records in Belgium. In the music business for more than a decade, Julien Lepièce discovered jazz through the instrument he had played for several years, the drums. Involvement with a variety of bands fed his "jazz-passion" which eventually became so important that he decided to dedicate his professional life to music. 

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.

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 the web magazine All About Jazz since 2013. He also blogs about “mature readers” comic books, especially those published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. 

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). 

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,...

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”

 

 

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.

Jeri Brown (Canada)

Jeri Brown (Canada)

Associate Professor, Voice, Department of Music,Theatre & Contemporary Dance • Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts (FoFA) – Montreal (Canada)

Soprano, Jeri Brown was born in St. Louis and studied, performed and taught in Ohio before settling in Canada in the late 80’s. A Justin Time Records and Jongleur Records recording artist, Brown’s commitment to the legacy of vocal jazz with performances and award-winning recordings fills the historical spectrum of classic American songbook themes, original jazz compositions, and contemporary world themes with intense vocal improvisations and includes collaborations with diverse, legendary jazz artists.

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.

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.

José Deluna (Spain)

José Deluna (Spain)

Guitar player, composer and teacher. His musical roots goes from the Spanish Copla and traditional Flamenco to Jazz. Since 2010 he has been at the forefront of the SFGS (Spanish Flamenco Guitar Society). He collaborates with some of the top ranked jazz schools nationally and internationally.

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.

 
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