The five finalists for the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020 have been announced today!
The five shortlisted finalists – aged 18 to 22 – will showcase their talents accompanied by the acclaimed Nikki Yeoh’s Infinitum, led by British jazz composer and pianist Nikki Yeoh. A socially-distanced Final will take place at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 14 November, which you’ll be able to watch on BBC Four on 22 November on the final night of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
The five finalists are 21-year-old saxophonist Matt Carmichael, from Glasgow and currently a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; 20-year-old saxophonist Alex Clarke, born in South Cheshire and already taking her first steps in the world of professional music; 22-year-old pianist Deschanel Gordon, from Hackney, London – a recent graduate at Trinity Laban; 21-year-old guitarist Ralph Porrett, from Telford, Shropshire and currently a student at Guildhall School of Music and Drama; and 18-year-old double bassist Kielan Sheard, originally from Hertfordshire, who has just joined Trinity Laban.
“What a year 2020 has been, throughout this year music has been an outlet and a source of strength to many. I am absolutely delighted to present the BBC Young Jazz Musician Finals again and pleased that the show must go on, in a safe socially distanced way. Witnessing the most outstanding young musicians hone their craft and chase their dreams is the most rewarding feeling and I cannot wait to watch it all from Stage Right in between links.”YoLanda Brown
These outstanding young musicians will each perform a 15-minute set in front of a panel including some of the most celebrated British instrumentalists on the current international jazz scene: trailblazing saxophonist Nubya Garcia; vibraphonist, multi-instrumentalist and (Jazz FM Gold Award-winner and NYJO board-member) Orphy Robinson; and trumpeter and composer Guy Barker.
Congratulations to all of the finalist for this year! We look forward to checking out the performances at the end of the month.