The Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2024 Final

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The final of the 14th edition of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, held on April 18th at the BIMHUIS in Amsterdam, was a resounding celebration of exceptional jazz talent from across Europe and the United States. The prestigious competition, with the theme of interpreting works by the renowned American jazz pianist and composer Carla Bley, brought together the finest musicians from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The School of Jazz & Contemporary Music at the New School in New York, Boyer College of Music & Dance in Philadelphia, University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, and Musikene in San Sebastián.

The evening's performances were a testament to the participants' dedication and artistry, as they showcased their unique interpretations of Carla Bley's compositions. The jury, comprising esteemed figures in the jazz world, including Mijke Loeven, Fay Claassen, Will Vinson, Joost Patocka, Frank Bolder, and Joachim Junghanss (chairman), had the challenging task of selecting the winners from the remarkable pool of talent.

Without further ado, we present to you the winners!

Best CvA Soloist: Ton Felices (double bass; CvA)

Best Non-CvA Soloist: Eneko Diéguez (alto saxophone; Musikene San Sebastián)

Best Carla Bley Arrangement: Noam Avnon & Pau Jorba (The School of Jazz & Contemporary Music at the New School, New York)

1st Prize: Alice Leggett & Chaerin Im *Orchestra* (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Alice Leggett – alto saxophone 
Ask Morris – tenor saxophone 
Chaerin Im – piano, synths 
Matteo Mazzù – bass guitar 
Pedro Nobre – drums

2nd Prize: Temple University Quintet (Boyer College of Music and Dance, Philadelphia)
Evan Kappelman – tenor saxophone 
Banks Sapnar – trumpet 
Anthony Aldissi – piano 
Emmy Rota – bass                                                                                
Maria Marmarou – drums

Incentive Prize: Sonic Choir of Love (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Ketija Ringa Karahona – flute 
Micheal Murray – alto saxophone 
Miguel Valente – alto saxophone 
Adrían Bifano – guitar
Francisco Garrido – guitar 
Samuel Kiel – double bass 
Heehyun Lee – guitar 
Ludvig Søndergaard – drums

Congratulations to all the winners and participants!