JAlogo

Free Newsletter Subscriptions

Search Jazz Australia


By A Web Design

Member login

ABC Jazz free banner

National Jazz awards 2012

PDFPrintE-mail

 This year its singers. 

Elana StoneAustralia’s most prestigious jazz instrumental competition, will put the spotlight on Australia’s leading young jazz singers this year. Vocalists up to the age of 35 will be vying for a spot in the final 10, who will compete at this year’s Wangaratta Jazz festival in November.

 Increased prizemoney is on offer this year, with the winner receiving $10,000, the runner-up $5000, and the third placegetter $2500. In addition to these cash prizes, the winner will be invited to record in the ABC studios for ABC Classic FM’s ‘Jazztrack With Mal Stanley’, and to perform in the 2013 Stonnington Jazz festival.

The National Jazz Awards have been an integral part of Australia’s premier jazz festival since Wangaratta Jazz began in 1990. This year will be the first time that vocals have been featured since 2005, when the first prize was awarded to Elana Stone.

Renowned jazz pianist Mike Nock will again serve as chairman of judges for the Awards this year. He will be joined by leading Melbourne jazz singer Michelle Nicolle, who was the first vocalist to win the National Jazz Awards back in 1998 ; and renowned vocalist-trumpeter-bandleader Vince Jones.

Entrants must be no older than 35, as at 1 November 2012. The closing date for entries is 1 June.

The Festival’s artistic director, Adrian Jackson, said, “I know there are a lot of very talented jazz singers out there who will want to consider entering the Awards this year. They might be vocalists who already enjoy a strong reputation, or younger musicians who are in the early stages of their career. Either way, they would benefit from the incentives and the increased media profile that can flow from doing well in the National Jazz awards.”

The judging panel will assess the recordings submitted on a blindfold basis.  The ten highest-ranked entrants will then be invited to participate in the finals at the 2012 Wangaratta Jazz festival, on the weekend of 2 - 5 November. They will perform with a stellar band, featuring pianist Sam Keevers.

The finals, on Sunday 4 November, will be broadcast live to air nationally on ‘Jazztrack with Mal Stanley’, on ABC Classic FM, from 5.00pm.

October 24, 2014

Pat Metheny Unity Group - spellbinding

in Gig Reviews Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
To say this concert by legendary guitarist and innovator Pat Metheny’s Unity Group played non-stop for nearly three hours, and received a standing ovation for three encores hardly begins to convey their sheer musical genius in a spellbinding evening. Metheny, winner of three gold album awards and multiple Grammies, turned 60 this year, but could pass for 15 years younger. Opening solo on his famous double-necked guitar – one of many different… Read more
October 17, 2014

Tim Firth's SCOREDATURA

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Tim Firth is hitting out with his own band and sound. Boosted along by his National Jazz award, lucky Sydney audiences have a chance to catch his band next month, and hopefully a CD release in the not too distant future. JK: What were your biggest influences in deciding on your own band and musical style for it? TF: The biggest influences on the musical style for my band are the old school and modern heavy metal and progressive metal bands. My… Read more
October 15, 2014

Sounds Australia on its way to jazzahead!

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
If you were thinking of attending jazzahead! or putting in an application for a showcase, for the first time in 2015, national export initiative SOUNDS AUSTRALIA will be coordinating an Australian presence at jazzahead! by investing in an Australian stand at the trade show. jazzahead! is the most important international jazz trade show, including its integrated showcase festival. For the past eight years, the trade fair has been steadily growing… Read more
October 14, 2014

2014 ARIA award winner

Congratulations to the Paul Grabowsky Sextet, winner of the ARIA awards Best Jazz Album for The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz/UMA) Other nominees were Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings - Wave Rider (Jazzhead/MGM) Emma Pask - Season Of My Heart (Mercury Records Australia/Universal Music Australia) Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Tony Gould, Ben Robertson, Tony Floyd - The Hunters & Pointers (Which Way Music/Fuse Group) Vince Jones - The Monash Sessions… Read more
October 14, 2014

2014 National Jazz awards finalists

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Congratulations to the ten finalists of the 2014 National Jazz Awards, have been announced. For 2014 the focus is on guitar. “The finals of the Awards always give audiences the chance to hear talented young musicians from around Australia, and this year including one who has been based in New York for a few years. In some cases, they have the chance to confirm an already- positive reputation. In the case of others who aren’t yet well-known, it’s… Read more
October 14, 2014

Benny Lackner touring down under

in Interviews Interviews Posted by Joanne Kee
Interview with Benny Lackner and Caroline Mannins by Andrew Lorien Benny was born in Berlin, moved to California at age 13. He studied under Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and a dozen other geniuses. They've all called him a genius. He spreads his time between New York, Berlin, and wherever he's touring at the moment, which could be anywere. This tour is 17 dates in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and NZ : I became interested in how the tour came… Read more
October 13, 2014

Jeremy Rose and Callum G’Froerer participate in Ensemble Offspring’s first Hatched Academy

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
In 2014 Ensemble Offspring launched a new education program, The Hatched Academy, to mentor emerging performers and composers passionate about building a career in new music. The inaugural participants both come from backgrounds in the jazz world – Sydney-based composer (and saxophonist) Jeremy Rose and trumpeter Callum G’Froerer, who hails from Perth and is currently based in Melbourne. Rose’s many projects include groups The Vampires, The… Read more
October 12, 2014

Do True, Robert Burke with Kenny Werner

in CD Reviews South Australia Posted by Joanne Kee
Rating: four stars Well-established Melbourne saxophonist Robert Burke has appeared on over 200 CDs ranging from pop/rock acts to contemporary jazz, he’s toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the US and Australia, and he’s been Coordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash University’s School of Music for over ten years. This latest album was recorded in New York with Burke fronting a trio of US musicians led by pianist Kenny Werner.… Read more
October 10, 2014

Visions by Kavita Shah

in CD Reviews New South Wales Posted by Joanne Kee
Inner Circle Music Rating: Four stars In this New York recording vocalist Kavita Shah has no fewer than 14 musicians supporting and the music reflects her background in Mumbai and Brazil. There are several Ragas, a tabla interlude and songs in Portuguese. Co-produced by Shah and guitarist Lionel Louecke the songs range across Shah’s arrangements of numbers by well-known composers together with several of her own compositions. The title track… Read more

The Jazz Australia Project is run by

places and spaces and is supported by Jazz Queensland

Founder supporters below

bottomLogos