Rodriguez Wins 3rd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition

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The Blues Alley Jazz Society has shared the winner of the 3rd annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition: Melinda Rodriguez of Miami, Florida. She currently serves as a teaching artist at the University of Illinois and is pursuing a masters degree in performance.

Of the five finalists, the second-place winner was Emilia Zamuner of Naples, Italy, who received a cash award of $500. The third-place winners were Ella Honhen-Ford (London, England), Arta Jekabsone (Riga, Latvia) and Emma Hedrick (Carmel, Indiana). All five contestants received varying cash awards, lodging, hospitality, and transportation.

The 4th annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition will take place between April 24-26, 2020.

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