Together with our main partner Jaguar the Festival da Jazz launched the «New Generation #JazzLab» in 2021 – a music competition between masterclass and sponsorship award for young jazz musicians, who are on the verge of a professional career. In 2024 we will see its fourth edition.

By Festival da Jazz

The tender for 2024 has ended. The jury is still meeting. The winners will be announced in early May. 

Detailed information on the #JazzLab, its basic ideas and archive material on previous editions can be found here


The Idea

In a time of crises it's easy to just rely on old and reliable things. Yet innovation must always find its way. Therefore we are proud to announce that our promotional award will be back in 2024 together with our Presenting Partner Jaguar.

For many young artists entering the music business is riddled with obstacles. Besides talent and luck, it needs an enormous amount of energy, perseverance, persistence, and time, to get the proverbial foot in the door. The New Generation #JazzLab wants to make this step a bit easier.

Jury-selected acts will be invited to this year's Festival da Jazz. They get to play, they win a substantiell cash prize and last but not least, they get to work with our illustrious round of mentors.  


Playing live, a cash prize, networking opportunities and many further useful experiences – the New Generation #JazzLab offers a wonderful package for young acts that want to take the next step.

The Mentors 2024

At the centre of the New Generation #JazzLab is the collaboration of the winning acts with various jazz greats. These «mentors» are renowned professionals who support the young talents in many ways. The Festival da Jazz deliberately chooses artists who distinguish themselves by their multifaceted work and curiosity.


Robin McKelle

vocals, USA/France

Robin McKelle who studied classical and jazz piano, french horn, music theater and opera in her early years, is one of a few singers who straddle the line between classic rhythm and blues and traditional jazz with ease. Often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Robin’s early influences came from Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Donny Hathaway and Nina Simone. McKelle has performed with many artists from the worlds of jazz, rock and pop, including Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Gregory Porter, Michael McDonald, Lee Fields, Henry Butler, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, BeBe Winans, and as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.


Aaron Goldberg

piano, USA

“For over 20 years, pianist Aaron Goldberg has set himself apart as one of the most scintillating performers in jazz,” hails JazzTimes. Goldberg is widely heralded as one of the art form’s most compelling pianists, both leading his own trio and collaborating with many of the Jazz titans. Simultaneously swinging and embracing risk, his stylistically fluid, singular voice reveals that jazz is a tradition of innovation. He performed in bands led by a cross-generational array of icons including Betty Carter, Al Foster, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Joe Lovano, Peter Bernstein, Ravi Coltrane, Carl Allen, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Guillermo Klein.


Reuben Rogers

bass, USA

Imbued with both groove and spirit from birth, Reuben Rogers combined the calypso and reggae rhythms of his native Virgin Islands with the gospel sounds of the church and the freedom and improvisation of jazz to create the unique chemistry that would make him one of the most distinctive and in-demand bassists in modern jazz. Rogers’ versatile mastery of both the acoustic and electric bass has led to opportunities on stages around the world alongside some of the music’s most renowned artists, including Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Tomasz Stanko, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean and Dianne Reeves, among many


Gregory Hutchinson

drums, USA/Italy

Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation” and indeed, Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time. His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer, soundly rooted in the jazz tradition he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation. Over the past 30 years Greg has been providing outstanding drumming for Red Rodney, Betty Carter, Ray Brown, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Branford Marsalis, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Maria Schneider and many, many more.

Our 2023 edition of the JazzLab competition turned out to be a huge success: We received a total of 139 applications from 32 different countries, spread over 4 continents!

And these are the winners....


A short movie about the 2023 edition here


Daniel Migliosi 6tet

Six young European jazz lions with an average age of 21 years, Daniel and his band are ready to set the scene on fire, musically speaking.

Line-Up: Daniel Migliosi, trumpet - Sean Payne, alto sax - Adrian Gallet, tenor sax - Benedikt Göb, piano - Jan Blikslager, bass - Mathieu Clement, drums

Daniel Migliosi 6tet

Julia Richard Trio

Singing wonderfully and playing the bass along with her voice, Julia and her bandmates will take you on an unforgettable journey.

Line-Up: Julia Richard, voice/double bass - Nathan Mollet, piano - Philippe Dallemagne, drums

Julia Richard Trio