Here they are. The 2010 Yamaha Jazz Scholars, posing for the camera last night (photo credit: Hayley Madden) with Big Ben, plus the front end of Boadicea’s horse.
Andrew Linham – Leeds College of Music – alto sax
David Hamblett – Royal Academy of Music – drums
Dougie Freeman – Guildhall School – piano
Chris Gilligan – RWCMD – piano
Peter Randall – Trinity – bass
Lluis Mather – Birmingham Conservatoire – tenor sax
They are the fourth cohort, the scheme being supported by Yamaha in association with Jazzwise, PPL and the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group
They each receive £1000. They performed in Portcullis House last night. All six Scholarship Award winners will be on a cover-mount CD with Jazzwise magazine, and perform at the CD launch at the 606 club.
The festivities last night also had a lively performance by Brass Jaw, with Ryan Quigley making valiant efforts to silence the chatter- people really should shut up or move away – with some heroic, stratospheric Maynard Ferguson trumpet stuff. Running the evening, with his customary cool, was Michael Connarty MP.
People managed to talk over Ryan? That's quite an achievement – they must have been determined. Besides, they obviously have no taste in jazz if they weren't paying attention to Brass Jaw :D!
The chatter wasn't actually THAT bad (for a jazz gig)! Brass Jaw was superb – still can't believe the sheer rhythmic muscle that this quartet gets without drums and bass. Looking forward to seeing the 2010 scholars at the CD launch at the 606 in December.
Even worse – the majority of the audience talked over these incredible young Jazz scholars – if I were Yamaha I'd put them on mush earlier in the evening