JAlogo

Free Newsletter Subscriptions

Search Jazz Australia


By A Web Design

Member login

ABC Jazz free banner

Jann Rutherford

PDFPrintE-mail

Jann RutherfordThe Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is named in honour of the late New Zealand born jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations in partnership with Melbourne Womens International Jazz Festival (MWIJF) Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA), Jazz Queensland and ABC Radio National.  They were launched in 2005 at the instigation of a private benefactor who recognised a need to support young female jazz musicians at the beginning of their professional careers.

The winner of the Award receives performance, recording and promotional opportunities and financial support to undertake these activities.  Details of the award may vary from year to year, but the value to the recipient is expected to be in excess of $8000.

The Jann Rutherford Mentorship Awards were first awarded in 2006 and have been offered in recognition of the efforts and achievements of several outstanding participants in the Improvisation Workshops For Young Women. These workshops are co-ordinated by The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and have been operating since 2002. The winners were selected by a panel of the workshop's tutors convened by founding Course Director Sandy Evans.

The mentorship initiative pairs each talented young jazz instrumentalist with a mentor who will offer support, encouragement, inspiration and advice based on their knowledge, life and experience relative to being a jazz musician. It is hoped that the mentoring relationship will enable the award recipients to gain skills and confidence relevant to their enjoyment of jazz playing, and potentially facilitate their further exploration of new directions and possibilities in the field of jazz.
 
Previous recipients Alex Silver, Jess Green, Ali Foster, Harri Harding & Jess Dunn who created The Sirens with the 2010 award, Hannah James and the latest is Ellen Kirkwood.

To continue this outstanding project a massive fundraising concert is planned for Thursday July 12, 2012 at the wonderful new club Blue Beat in Double Bay, Sydney.

Three main groups will perform.
1. Paul Cutlan leading 'The Jann Rutherford Quintet'.
Paul writes:- The Jann Rutherford Quintet with guest pianist Matt McMahon are privileged to have the opportunity to perform compositions from both her solo piano and quintet albums. These range from hard bop classics such as Mr Visa Man, through tender ballads and waltz numbers to songs like Expectations, bursting with optimism and joy. Matt McMahon (piano), Roger Manins & Paul Cutlan (saxophones) Craig Scott (bass) and Dave Goodman (drums).

2. Hannah James Quartet
Jazz bassist, composer Hannah James was the recipient of the 2011 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. Hannah's group is a showcase for her beautiful, subtle and sophisticated compositions
Hannah James (bass) Tim Clarkson (saxophone) Casey Golden (piano) and Ed Rodrigues (drums).

3. The Sirens Big Band
In 2010 the award recipients were Jessica Dunn and Harriet Harding. It enabled them to launch The Sirens all woman big band. They have had exceptional success including a season in the Sydney Festival re-creating the days of the famous Trocadero.

As a bonus we can expect some anecdotes both from long term collaborators Paul Cutlan, Roger Manins and the rambunctious star of Beer Drinking Woman Christa Hughes. Christa also promises a sample from the show which Jann
collaborated on.

8pm Thursday July 12 @ BLUE BEAT 16 Cross Street, Double Bay - $40/$25 bookings (02) 9328 4411
Also massive raffle with prizes including concert tickets, books, cds, photo sessions. $5 each or 5 for $20.
Further information or if you can't be there on the night but want to support the project please contact jrma(at)ozemail.com.au

More info on the website www.jrma.info and the Facebook page
 

October 30, 2014

Mildura Jazz Food and wine Festival

in Events & Programs Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
Australia hosts a number of jazz festivals around the country, from big mothership music focussed affairs such as Wangaratta Jazz Festival or Brisbane International Jazz Festival through to activity that focuses around food, wine and jazz. The Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival, celebrates jazz and food with dinners, a Jazz Street Party, a river cruise and school bands One of the highlights of the festival is its eclectic mix of traditional and… Read more
October 28, 2014

Jazz comes a calling - Barney McAll wins residency

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Grammy Award nominated musician and composer Barney McAll has been chosen for next year’s Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency. The announcement will be officially made tonight in Sydney at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks address, hosted by the New Music Network. The address will be given by composer, video artist and instrument designer Warren Burt. Australia Council Acting Director Music Andy Rantzen said Barney McAll was the outstanding candidate in a… Read more
October 28, 2014

Dee Alexander headlines Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival

in News Articles National News Posted by John Bostock
“Ms. Dee Alexander delivers every note with a passion and grace that leave her listeners limp”. Making her first trip to Australia is one of the great young Chicago jazz singers - Dee Alexander. Dee is the headline act in the third Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. Tipped to be the “next” Ella Fitzgerald she will be appearing in Sydney for only three performances. She comeswith impeccable credentials and has been hailed as being “among… Read more
October 27, 2014

NYC to Melbourne and back with Danny Fischer

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
On the eve of their Australian tour, Danny Fischer of Spoke finds time to chat about his music and life in NYC versus Melbourne. JK: What are the differences on the jazz scene in NYC and Australia, obviously the population is different, but do audiences engage in a different way? DF: I guess context is everything. A bar in New York is a place to meet people, a place to network, a place to be seen. And in those places is where you’ll find a band… Read more
October 27, 2014

20th Anniversary of the Australian Art Orchestra

in Events & Programs Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Australian Art Orchestra Peter Knight, AD, has curated a series of three concerts aimed at highlighting this extraordinary ensemble’s history while also looking to its future. Peter talks about the series. The first two concerts (on 5th and 6th November) consist of four acoustic solo performances per night in the ANAM Quartetthaus, which is a bespoke 50 seat circular venue with a central, slowly turning,… Read more
October 25, 2014

Rava makes his debut in Australia

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Italian Maestro Enrico Rava's appearance on these shores has been a long time coming. He was originally booked by Adrian Jackson for Wangaratta back in 1996, but visa complications delayed that plan by nearly 20 years! He is performing in a number of different lineups. For his Sydney and Melbourne performances the quintet, features Mirko Guerrini, a highly-regarded saxophonist on the Italian jazz scene (and often a colleague of Enrico’s) before… Read more
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

The Jazz Australia Project is run by

places and spaces and is supported by Jazz Queensland

Founder supporters below

bottomLogos