The 2019 jury members are:

● ALEX MAN (Romania) - guitar player, expert in jazz
● FLORIAN LUNGU (Romania) - jazz critic from Bucharest
● GYÁRFÁS ISTVÁN (Hungary) - jazz guitar player
● ROMEO COZMA (Romania) - jazz pianist, profesor
● MICHAEL NIELSEN (Ireland)

Presenter:

● MIKE GODOROJA - musician, composer, producer and radio/TV show host

Mentor of the festival:

● SÁRIK PÉTER (Hungary) - pianist, composer, professor


Alexandru Man, born on August 23, 1969, was raised in Targu Mures. He started playing guitar in 1983. In the 80s he played rock music as a founding member of the Polifon band in Targu Mures.In 2010 he graduated from the University jazz Richard Oschanitzky within Tibiscus University Timisoara, and during his studies, he had the opportunity to collaborate with American musicians such as Eldad Tarmu, Henry Franklin and joined in new projects such as the Bega Blues Band, with which he is operating today. He recently took part in an international project with musicians from four countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania.

Florian Lungu was born in Bucharest, on January the 3rd 1943, he is a musician, producer and anchorman of jazz shows on radio and television, a pianist, arranger and composer. Florian Lungu, a graduate of the Conservatory "Ciprian Porumbescu" (1966), Department of Composition, editor and then producer at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (1967), a journalist , collaborator of the Romanian Television since the 70s, the anchorman of numerous concerts and festivals in the capital and the country, organizer of the "Perpetuum Jazz", "Estival Jazz" concert cycles, composer of several jazz creations. In recent years and he was awarded the title of "outstanding professional" as a broadcaster at the Romanian Radio Company.

Gyárfás István,a jazz guitar performer, was born in 1962 in Budapest. In 1987 he graduated from the Jazz Department of the Bartók Béla Music High School. He started his career in Nestor Ivan’s, Gyula Kovacs&Istvan Regos’s bands. Currently his music can be heard at the Budapest Jazz Orchestra with his own band and next to Deseő Csaba’s band . In addition to his concerts, he fulfills his role with honor as a music teacher. In recent years he has launched a great number a successful discis and had tours organised in Kenya and Indonesia. He has played with Herbie Mann, Benny Green (piano), Jimmy Wood (bass), Ed Thigpen and Scott Hamilton.

Romeo Cozma, born on 13 November 1955,in Bucharest, Romeo Cozma made his first steps towards a career in music studying piano at the "Octav Băncilă" School of Arts. He finished his studies at the University of Arts "George Enescu", Iaşi, specializing in music education and composition with teachers like Vasile Spătărelu, Anton Zeman, Sabin Păutza (who are well-known masters of romanian music) who played a big influence on Cozma’s career. His love for jazz music is dating back in his highschool years when he started to develop an admiration towards Chick Corea și Herbie Hancock. Altough he dedicates himself to jazz, his compositions incorporate different genres and styles.

Mike Godoroja is the musical producer of a number of projects, media events, known as a radio and television broadcaster, profile blues, jazz and rock, the founder of Mike Godoroja & Blue Spirit. According to Godoroja his first band in high school, Phoebus, induced his whole body with the "virus" of the show and since then he looks at the world of art only in terms of the direct relationship with the public, either in concerts, radio or TV broadcasts. He has been doing cultural management for over 25 years. He has extensive experience as a producer of artistic performances at events such as the Golden Stag between 1994 and 1997, David Palmer concert in Bucharest, 1994, and the Freedom Jazz Festival 2012 at Vama Veche.

Sárik Péter was born in 1972 in Cegléd, Hungary. He studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he earned a degree in 1997. Later, he studied classical music under the tutelage of Ilona Prunyi. Throughout the years, he has proven himself in practically all genres, in addition to jazz – he has played classical, pop, Latin and world music. He founded his own band in 2007, called “Peter Sarik Trio”. The team was re-established in 2012, with the joining of Tibor Fonay and Attila Gálfi. The Peter Sarik Trio swiftly became one of the leading jazz bands of the country. In 2015 he received again the Fonogram Award as the “Best Hungarian Jazz Album of the Year”, with Tamas Berki, for our live concert CD.