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Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2018: Finals

Finals of the international competition for jazz talent from conservatories in Amsterdam, Philadelphia, Helsinki, Paris and New York.

The Keep an Eye Jazz Award is an annual competition for extraordinary vocal talents and jazz bands from Conservatorium van Amsterdam and similar institutions in the United States and Europe. The theme for this special 10th edition is ‘Billy Strayhorn’ — all bands will arrange and perform their own version of one of his compositions. Participants can win beautiful prizes that could boost their careers as professional jazz musicians. The jury includes, among others, Peter Bernstein and Sander Grande and consists of musicians, educators and professionals from the cultural world.

The Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2018 is supported by the Keep an Eye Foundation in collaboration with Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Amsterdam:

Tommaso Perazzo Trio

Tommaso Perazzo piano, Kimon Karoutzos bass, Marcello Cardillo drums

Lucas Martinez Project

Lucas Martínez sax, Youngwoo Lee piano, Giuseppe Campisi bass, Lluís Naval drums

Sibelius Academy, Helsinki:


Selma Savolainen vocals, Artturi Rönkä piano, Joonas Tuuri bass, Okko Saastamoinen drums

Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, Philadelphia:


Andrew Carson trumpet, Michael Hudson-Casanova alto saxophone, Christian Lewis tenor saxophone, Elijah Cole guitar, Nathan Pence bass, Kyon Williams drums

Juilliard, New York:


Giveton Gelin trumpet, Immanuel Wilkins alto saxophone, Gideon Tazelaar tenor saxophone, Juan Vidaurre guitar, Julius Rodriguez piano, Philip Norris bass, John Steele drums

Conservatoire de Paris, Paris:


Benoît Joblot drums, Etienne Renard bass, Pierre-Marie Lapprand saxophone, Robinson Khoury trombone, Thibault Gomez piano

Extra information

2018 winner: Thibault Gomez Quintet, Conservatoire de Paris

Thibault Gomez Quintet:
Benoit Joblot drums
Etienne Renard double bass
Pierre-Marie Lapprand saxophones
Robinson Khoury trombone
Thibault Gomez piano

First runner-up: Tommaso Perazzo Trio (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Best Strayhorn Arrangement: Thibault Gomez Quintet
Best CvA Soloist: Tommaso Perazzo (Tommaso Perazzo Trio)
Best Non-CvA Soloist: Immanuel Wilkins (the Jelly Roll Morton Ensemble)
Incentive Prize: The Jelly Roll Morton Ensemble (The Juilliard School, New York)

The Keep An Eye Award is one of the projects of the Keep An Eye Foundation. Click here for their website.

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