Judges

Georgina Javor

USA

Assistant Director of Programming at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where she oversees the booking for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and works on mainstage, Festival and special event programming.

Giuseppe Mormile

Italy

Giuseppe Mormile is the founder of Veneto Jazz, and the Artistic Director of Venice Jazz Festival, one of the most important Festivals on the international scene, which takes place in the heart of the city of Venice.  

Hiroyuki Yamanaka

Japan

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) program director.
Tokyo Jazz Festival executive producer.

 

Maria João

Portugal

Maria João  is known for her vocal flexibility and improvisational skills. Although considered a jazz singer, she incorporates folk music, avant-garde, and electronica. She has worked with Aki Takase, Bobby McFerrin, David Linx, Dino Saluzzi, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, and others.

Māris Briežkalns

Latvia

Producer of the Latvian Radio Big Band. Artistic director of "Rigas Ritmi Festival" and contest "Riga Jazz Stage".

Önder Focan

Turkey

Guitar player, band leader, composer and arranger from Istanbul, Turkey. Owner and artistic director of Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul.

Paul Pace

United Kingdom

London jazz club Ronnie Scott's program director. Jazz promoter at Spicejazz.

Raimonds Pauls

Latvia

Raimonds Pauls is the most famous composer and piano player not only in Latvia, but also far beyond its borders. His music has been performed in countless countries and in the most prestigious concert halls, and all of this was possible thanks to his unique flair of melody.