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Anne Farnsworth

USA

Jazz pianist and vocalist from Los Angeles. Divides her time between performing, teaching and journalism. Her essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Windplayer, Billboard Live, Jazz Notes and All About Jazz, Los Angeles. She is a monthly columnist for ConcordJazz.com. Teaches at Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of Southern California and Occidental College.

Intars Busulis

Latvia

One of the most popular and professional artists and trombonists in Latvian. He has successfully participated in competitions such as Sony Jazz Stages, Wave and Eurovision Song Contest. Performed in jazz festivals like Kaunas Jazz, Nomme Jazz, Jazz Kaar, MIDEM in France, Pori Jazz and Ottawa Jazz.

Jojo Mayer

Switzerland

One of the greatest drummers in the world. He has played in Monty Alexander`s band and collaborated with such a jazz grands as Dizzy Gallespie and Nina Simone. He has participated in all the world`s major jazz festivals: the North Jazz festival, Montreux festival, also in festivals in Nice, Antibes and Athens. He is the founder of project NERVE.

Jyrki Kangas

Finland

Remarkable Finnish contrabass player and the founder of Europe`s largest jazz festival – Pori Jazz. He was the festival`s artistic director until 2009 and festival`s Association executive director from 1971 to 1976 and from 1979 to 1990.

Māris Briežkalns

Latvia

One of the most significant Latvian drummers. Has been performing at the Latvian Radio Big Bend from 1985 – 2006, member of “Jazztet”, Big Band by G.Rozenbergs and trio by E.Straume. He has recorded over 70 CD`s and given masterclasses and workshops all over the world. Briezkalns runs the Contemporary Music Centre, founded in 1997, and produces the “Rigas Ritmi Festival” international music festival in Riga. The director of the international contest “Riga Jazz Stage”. Member of jury of many international contests. Director of “Maris Briezkalns Quintet” and producer rof the Latvian Radio Big Band.

Raimonds Pauls

Latvia

Maestro Raimonds Pauls is the most acclaimed of Latvian composers. He is brilliant master of melody and author of many jazz compositions. He has been Latvian Radio music program director and director of Latvian Radio Big band. 1980 – 1983 has managed the jazz improvisation classes at the Conservatory. Member of many juries at the international music contests, including the position of chairman of jury for new vocalists contest “New Wave”.

Steponas Januška

Lithuania

Vocalist and composer. Docent at the Klaipeda University Art faculty Jazz department, since 1997 – docent of VMU (Vytautas Magnus University) Music Academy jazz department. Producer and founder of International jazz vocalist`s competition “Jazz Voices”. Also a vocalist at the band “Studio” for almost 30 years.

Toivo Unt

Estonia

One of Estonia`s most prominent contrabass players. From many years he has played contrabass in Estonian National Opera Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 Toivo Unt established the band which performed at the Estonian National Opera with the brand new jazz – ballet program for the first time in the history of Estonian Opera. Toivo Unt is also the founder and artistic director of International Jazz Festival Nomme Jazz.