Jury

International Final

Fay Claassen

Fay Claassen is well known as a lyrical improvising vocalist with eight CDs under her own name. She received awards such as The Edison and the Golden Album Award.

Martin Fondse

Pianist, composer, arranger and band leader Martin Fondse is a well-known figure in the jazz and contemporary music scene. He won several prizes around the world.

Jan Willem Luyken

Jan Willem Luyken is the director of the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam.

Paul van der Feen

Saxophonist Paul van der Feen is regarded as one of the Netherland's outstanding jazz saxophonists and an original voice within the Dutch musical landscape. As a soloing member of the (Grammy Award-winning) Metropole Orchestra he played alongside some of the most prominent artists, including Herbie Hancock and John Scofield.

Bert Vuijsje

Bert Vuijsje has been writing about jazz since 1962. He is a columnist for Jazzism and editor for Jazz Bulletin. In addition to his journalistic work he co-produced albums such as Jazz at the Concertgebouw for the Dutch Jazz Archive. 

Semi-finals

Jesse van Ruller

Jesse van Ruller is one of the best contemporary jazz guitarists on the scene today. His unique sound, virtuoso technique and beautiful compositions are praised around the globe. In 1995 he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award in Washington.

Lucas van Merwijk

Drummer Lucas van Merwijk has been at the forefront of the European jazz, latin and percussion scene for over thirty years. He is the head of Jazz Drums faculty and senior drums teacher at the Jazz Department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Koen Graat

Koen Graat works as a jazz (& world music) promoter for the festivals November Music and Jazz in Duketown. In addition to being a promotor he is also a journalist for the magazine Jazzism

Phil Markowitz

Pianist, composer and producer Phil Markowitz has been present in the international jazz scene for a long time. He has played with many musicians and has been artist in residence in major conservatories around the world.

Keller Coker

Keller Coker is currently Dean of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary music in New York and founder of the American Metropole Orchestra in 2007. He has taught a wide range of courses as Professor of Music and his career as a composer, conductor and trombonist includes a wide range of projects.

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