The international jazz artists competition Riga Jazz Stage 2023 planned for next April, in which young jazz artists vocalists and saxophonists should have participated this time, has been cancelled.
The autumn concert series Art of Riga Jazz of the international improvisation, jazz and global music festival Rīgas Ritmi will take place in November and December this year, where Spanish singer and trombonist Rita Payés, world-famous American bass guitarist Richard Bona together with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Italian new jazz band XY Quartet will delight lovers of high-quality jazz.
Louise Balkwill won first prize in the vocalist category of Riga Jazz Stage 2022 and will debut in Ronnie Scott’s club on 11th of September because of the special price in the contest.
This year, three laureates of the international jazz artist competition Riga Jazz Stage 2022 – American drummer Domo Branch, Italian singer Valentina Fin and Latvian singer Paula Saija will also perform at the 22nd International Festival of Improvisation, Jazz and Global Music Rīgas Ritmi.
With an open-minded masterclass in the morning and a great performance by American singer and drummer Jamison Ross’ Organ Trio in the evening of April 9 at cinema Splendid Palace ended an international jazz artists’ competition Riga Jazz Stage 2022. The winners of the competition were announced before the concert by artist-in-residence and an international jury member as well.