Riga Jazz Stage

In 2017 contest will be organized in categories "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Guitar".

International jazz artists contest was founded in 2004 and it is the only jazz genre contest in Latvia that has attained such a recognition gathering young and undiscovered jazz talents from all over the World.

Contest is organized by foundation "Contemporary Music centre" and since 2004 all together 116 jazz talents from 21 countries have took part in it.

The aim of Riga Jazz Stage is to give chance for young jazz artists to perform on international stage together with musicians from different countries and each year contest draws more and more attention from local and foreign media. Contest equally focus on both the cultural and the educational aspect - it combines concert and contest experience together with opportunity for young musicians to gain experience, educate and build new contacts.

During these years proffesional musicians, producers, directors of festivals and educators from USA, Latvia, Finland, Switzerland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Turkey and Lithuania have been among the jury members. World-class musicians have given concerts as guests of the contest - drummers Terri Lyne Carrington (USA) and Jojo Mayer (Switzerland), guitarist Giorgio Serci (UK/Italy), vocalists Mandy Gaines (USA), Anthony Strong (UK), Svenja Schmidt (Germany), China Moses (France/USA), and many others!

In its beginning contest gathered jazz artists from Baltic countries, later joining Finland. Since 2013 jazz talents from Baltic and Scandinavic countries, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Israel, Georgia and even Canada and USA have taken part in the contest!

Alongside the constant "Jazz Vocal" category, every year a different instrumental category is added. Guitar, piano, bass, drums, saxophone and trumpet have already been represented in the contest.

In 2016 contest will be organized in categories "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Trombone".

Riga Jazz Stage in numbers:

2004: "Jazz Vocal", 7 contestants, 3 countries
2005: "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Guitar", 10 contestants, 3 countries
2006: "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Bass", 11 contestants, 4 countries
2007: "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Piano", 15 contestants, 4 countries
2008: "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Drums", 12 contestants, 4 countries
2013: "Jazz Vocal", 12 contestants, 8 countries
2014: "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Saxophone", 26 contestants, 12 countries
2015: "Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Trumpet", 23 contestants, 12 countries

Artistic Director:
Māris Briežkalns
Kr.Valdemāra iela 5
LV-1010 Rīga , RGA


Riga Jazz Stage 2017 announce the winners!

by Riga Jazz Stage on Wed, 12/04/2017 - 13:51
On April 8th, the winners of Riga Jazz Stage 2017 were announced – in category “Jazz Guitar”, the 1st place was awarded to Matīss Čudars (Latvia) and in “Jazz Vocal” – Shenel Johns (USA)! Yesterday, 14:08 Share On April 8th, at cinema “Splendid Palace”, Riga, the winners of International Jazz Artist Contest“Riga Jazz Stage 2017... read more

“We could be proud of jazz movement explosion in Latvia”

by Riga Jazz Stage on Fri, 10/03/2017 - 12:35
International Jazz Artists Contest “Riga Jazz Stage 2017” will take place from April 6 – 8. Young and talented jazz artists from all around the world will compete in two categories: Jazz Vocal and Jazz Guitar.  Contests’ Artistic Director – Māris Briežkalns – introduced this year contestants, young jazz artists from... read more

Choose Your Riga Jazz Stage 2017 Favorite!

by Riga Jazz Stage on Wed, 01/03/2017 - 15:22
This year International Jazz Artist Contest – Riga Jazz Stage – for the first time will give an opportunity to vote for their favorite to the audience, friends, and supporters!     Twenty-three contestants’ profiles are presented to choose from. To learn more about participants and to vote, go to Riga Jazz Stage... read more

Special Project: Kurt Rosenwinkel & Latvian Radio Big Band

by Riga Jazz Stage on Fri, 06/01/2017 - 11:25
Special Project: Kurt Rosenwinkel and Latvian Radio Big Band (USA/LAT) at Riga Jazz Stage 2017 Gala Concert on April 8. Kurt Rosenwinkel, the American jazz guitarist, will perform together with Latvian Radio Big Band at the Award Ceremony of the contest.   American-born artist, Kurt Rosenwinkel, has started his music... read more