Saxophonist Julian Velasco Wins Cedille Records Emerging Artist Competition


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Julian Velasco

This past weekend, WFMT teamed up with Cedille Records to stream the finals of the venerable Chicago label's first-ever Emerging Artist Competition.

On Saturday, the field of six semifinalists was narrowed to three finalists: pianist Clare Longendyke, violinist Karisa Chiu, and saxophonist Julian Velasco. Following Sunday's final round, Julian Velasco has been named the winner of the competition. His prize? A record deal that will see the artist working with Cedille to produce and release an album.