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Jess Green Wins Major Award

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Jessica Green has been named the winner of the 2006 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award.

The award aims to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female jazz musician.

Born and raised in Canberra, Jess completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) majoring in guitar at the Canberra School of Music, ANU. She graduated with first class honours and received the Director’s Prize.

In 2002, Jess was commissioned by The Street Theatre to compose an original score for the play Adult Child/Dead Child by London playwright Claire Dowie. She performed the score live during the play's 2002 season in Canberra, and then in October at Chapel off Chapel for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. The play returned to Melbourne in January 2003.

Later in 2003, Jess travelled through Europe and West Africa, studying and performing. She was awarded funding by the ACT Arts Council to record a CD of her jazz compositions written for her septet.

The Singing Fish (and other Short Stories) was released September 2005 through Jazzgroove Records.

The award is worth up to $8000 to the recipient and is comprised of:

1. Two concerts for Jess and her band, including performance fees, at the Sound Lounge at the Seymour Centre in Sydney and at the 2006 Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival.
2. Recording a demo CD at ABC Radio National. ABC Radio National will broadcast material from the recording on the network's music programs.
3. Assistance with promotional material, including publicity photos and flyers as well as $500 cash.

Jess was chosen as winner of the award by a panel of some of NSW leading jazz musicians and educators. It was convened by saxophonist Sandy Evans with assistance from Judy Bailey and Zoe Hauptmann.

The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations in partnership with Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival (MIWJF), Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and ABC Radio National.

Source: Jane March

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