Jazzconnect.com, a relatively new Web venture out of Washington, D.C., that hosts artist home pages, a CD store, etc, has announced that New York-based pianist George Colligan (pictured left) is the winner of its second annual jazz competition. Colligan, a Baltimore-D.C.-area native, wins round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C., a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and a concert at Blues Alley that will be recorded and made into CD.
Visitors to Jazzconnect.com listened to music from each the 111 contestants and voted for whom they thought was the best. To determine the three semifinalists, more than 18,000 people voted at the Web site along with a judges panel consisting of five professional musicians: saxophonist Marshall Keys, vocalist Ronnie Wells, pianist Dan La Maestra, drummer Lenny Robinson and guitarist Steve Abshire. The judges and fans’ voting were split 50/50 to determine the semifinalists: saxophonist Dave Pietro, bassist Thomas Winther Anderson and pianist George Colligan. The winner was then selected entirely by the online voters.
An archive of this year’s competition entries will be available online at www.jazzconnect.com/competition.