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The 2007 JoJazz competition for young musicians ended its 10th festival last week Sunday after four days of jam sessions, concerts and competitions.

The jury made up by Cuban musicians Joaquin Betancourt, Orlando Sanchez (Cubajazz), Alexis Bosch, Jorge Reyes and Rolando Luna awarded the first prize for composition to pianist Camila Contena Bello and her group for the piece De Sevilla a Pogolotti. Second prize went to Reinier Vazaquez for Don fusion and third to Rembert Duharte for Iguazu.

In the under 18 category for interpretation a first prize was not awarded, second place went to Javier Esteban Amado (sax) and third to Tonatiut Isidron (Trompet). In the young adult category, first prize went to Raciel Jimenez (drums) and Jorge Luis Pacheco (piano), second place went to Jamil Schly, and third to Michael Olivares (drums).

The JoJazz Band directed by Joaquin Betancourt closed the awards gala with a hot interpretation of Sergio Gonzalez Siabas Cuarto de Tula.


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