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ISC Jazz Winners Announced

Jazzed Magazine • News • June 1, 2017

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The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2016 Jazz winners. ISC remains the world’s largest international songwriting competition and is now in its 16th year.

Shunzo Ohno (Gifu, Japan) took home first place in the jazz category for his song “Go On,” while second place went to Paolo Fresu (Berchidda, Italy) for “Zeus’ Desires.” Third place winner was Xavier Faro (Cahors, France) for “Les Passagers.”

“The ISC Jazz category is always one of the most competitive categories because the overall level of songwriting talent is extremely high. We are thrilled to honor so many accomplished jazz artists, and we look forward to hearing many more great jazz songs in the future,” said Candace Avery, founder and director of ISC.

Past ISC honorees include Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, David Friesen, Bruce Gertz, Allan Harris, Eishin Nose, Harvey S, Jeff Tain Watts, Lionel Loueke, and Matt Shulman.

You can view a full list of winners at

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