Made In New York Jazz announces Mario Biondi as the company’s first International Artistic Advisor. A familiar name and presence in Jazz industry circles, Mr. Biondi’s involvement with Made In New York Jazz will leave an impression as deep and inviting as his soulfully warm voice. As International Artistic Advisor, Mr. Biondi will identify and help to develop emerging European talent together with the Made In New York Jazz Competition brand.
“We are excited about our partnership with Mr. Biondi,” states Made In New York Jazz founder, Misha Brovkin. “His contribution and insight will be invaluable to up and coming musicians, and will help take the level of recognition for new talents that are part of Made In New York Jazz brand to new heights.” Brovkin continues, “Mr. Biondi’s experience, talent, and skills are a great addition to our brand, and we are honored to have a man of his stature as part of our family.”
Mr. Biondi’s involvement in the music industry began at birth. As a son of a popular Italian singer, he sang in various small choirs before accompanying many famous Italian singers on their concert tours. It was not long before Mr. Biondi’s incredibly deep and sensual voice was noticed, earning him radio time throughout Europe, and a Best Artist representing the UK-Italy Business Association from the British Consulate.
Mr. Biondi has collaborated with music industry greats that many musicians can only dream about meeting. Legendary musicians such as Ray Charles, James Taylor, Al Jarreau, Isaac Hayes, Burt Bacharach, Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, and Amalia Gre, Jean Paul Maunick, aka Bluey, leader of the legendary British jazz band Incognito, Earth, Wind and Fire, Dee Dee Bridgwater. He has also lent his voice to numerous films, including Disney’s The Aristocats, Tangled, and Rio.
Mr. Biondi’s work as an Honored International Artistic Advisor will be based primarily in Europe, although he will work closely with the team in New York. His affiliation with Made In New York Jazz will be also announced at the annual Jazz Gala at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on May 21, 2016.
About the Made In New York Jazz Competition
The Made in New York Jazz Competition enters its fourth year in 2016. Featuring a worldwide audience of jazz fans, as well as a slate of musicians from dozens of countries, the Made In New York Jazz competition made its mark on the Internet as the first-ever online jazz contest. Now, Made In New York is number one online jazz competition on Google, Bing and Yahoo - out of 40 million results. With over 2.5 million video views, Made In New York has over 30,000 registered jazz musicians and fans, and that number is constantly growing. 2016 Judges are: Lenny White, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern