Judges

The Technical Judges

The panel of Technical Judges is currently examining all of the entries in order to pick out nine of the ten finalists. The Public Judges are responsible for choosing the tenth. Click here to vote for your favourite band.

A life for Jazz: Giovanni Serrazanetti is the owner and artistic director of the Cantina Bentivoglio in Bologna, which for over 30 years has offered i...
This saxophonist, composer and improviser studied at the Perugia Conservatory, at the same time as studying philosophy at the University of Siena and...
Journalist and writer (and a friend to both music and musicians), for over twenty years Giuseppe Vigna has been one of the driving forces behind Music...
Founder of Auand Records, Marco Valente was born in a household where music was not considered important. However, aged 13 he had a flash of inspirati...
Pianist and composer, Simone Graziano has asserted himself over the past years as an artist able to influence the new generation of Italian musicians,...

The Public Judges

All members of the general public can join the panel of Public Judges: simply register on this website and vote for your favourite entrant. Each member of the general public can vote a maximum of ten times throughout the duration of the event. The band with the most votes will join the shortlist of ten finalists and win a voucher worth €500 to spend at a professional recording studio on an album recording. Join the panel of Judges and vote for your favourite band

The Artistic Judges

The panel of Artistic Judges will be chaired by Paolo Fresu and made up of musicians and experts. It will assess the ten finalists during their live performances at Umbria Jazz and select the overall winner.

Paolo Fresu is a world famous Italian trumpet player. He started to learn the instrument aged 11 in the band of his hometown. He discovered Jazz in 19...
A journalist and music critic with vast experience, one of the most important contributors to Il Messaggero, for which he was the chief entertainment...
This saxophonist, composer and improviser studied at the Perugia Conservatory, at the same time as studying philosophy at the University of Siena and...