Anita Vitale Tops 2013 MADE IN NEW YORK JAZZ COMPETITION; Winners Announced!
The Made in New York Jazz Competition has announced the winners of the first annual Made in New York Jazz Competition.
The world's online jazz competition announces that Italy's Anita Vitale takes first prize. Vitale's acoustic jazz performance of Jon Hendricks's "Centerpiece" with Bobby McFerrin registered countless online views and competition's committee choice before going on to become the unanimous selection of the Competition's judges, Lenny White, Joe Lovano, and Randy Brecker.
"We are proud to award the inaugural competition's first prize to Anita Vitale," said Mikhael Brovkin, founder of madeinnyjazz.com. "Vitale's talent is boundless and she is so deserving. The amazing performance and strong qualities she demonstrates in her video performance are exactly what it is so exciting about international jazz."
In addition to winning the entire cash prize of $3,878, Vitale will perform in New York with Randy Brecker and Lenny White at the Made in New York Jazz Competition Gala Concert at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 8.00PM (tickets are still available).
Second prize goes to Evgeny Lebedev's "World Trio" for their lively original composition, while third prize was claimed by the NGA Big Band from Germany for their rendition of Bob Brookmeyer's "The American Express." The second and third-prize winners take home the elegant KAWAI ES7 Portable Digital Piano and the powerful KAWAI MP6 Professional Stage Piano, graciously provided by KAWAI Musical Instruments USA-the future of the piano-official partner of the Made in New York Jazz Competition.
"It was an amazing year of incredible music," said judge Joe Lovano. "It was great to hear such fantastic musicians from around the world." Lenny White agreed: "It was remarkable because we found jazz talent from all over the world interpreting it their way." "There were many great entries," said Randy Brecker, "which made it hard to pick the winners."
In only one year, madeinnyjazz.com has since become an international jazz hub for fans, musicians, enthusiasts, recording producers, and the international jazz media to discover young talent that was formerly only regionally known. Made in New York Jazz Competition has provided a forum, through its high-traffic website, for showcasing rich and diverse jazz talent to the entire world.
"Our online competition has shattered geographical barriers," says madeinnyjazz.com creative director and Gala Concert performer Yaacov Mayman. "Our first competition was a resounding success. I can't wait to see next year's video performances."
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 8.00PM (tickets are still available). http://tribecapac.org/made-in-new-york-jazz-competition/.
About the Made in New York Jazz Competition: The Made in New York Jazz Competition is the world's first and fastest growing online jazz competition. Competition entrants upload video performances in as many of the seven jazz-genre categories as they wish. Registrants vote for their favourite performances. Finalists are selected through a combination of online votes and the Competition's Board of Members, which is comprised of highly regarded jazz musicians. The judges, multiple Grammy Award winners Lenny White, Joe Lovano, and Randy Brecker, selected our 2013 winners. The 2014 Competition has now been opened to entrants worldwide. Please visit www.madeinnyjazz.com for details.