Chiara Izzi, Italian SInger, Wins Shure Montreux Voice Competition

26-year-old is first Italian to be awarded

Chiara Izzi, a 26-year-old Italian singer, has won the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2011. Izzi is the first Italian winner of this competition and has been awarded by Quincy Jones (president of the jury). The contest took place during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival, and is open only to singers under 35. She was chosen among singers from 21 different countries. A jury selected 10 singers to play at the semifinal in Montreux in July.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.