On Friday 23 May the BBC screened a programme of the very first BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. Hosted by our good friend Soweto Kinch, the programme showcased the hugely talented young jazzers who made it to the final round, held in March this year in Cardiff. The programme included some footgage of NYJO’s recent gig at Wiltshire Music Centre.
Two of the finalists, trumpeter Jake Labazzi (16) and saxophonist Alexander Bone (16) are well-known to us as NYJO authorised deps and along with another finalist (saxophonist Tom Smith) have all been selected to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Lake Tahoe, California this August. This is a massive opportunity for them to work with some of the best young jazzers in the world and be coached by the institute’s inspirational faculty members.
We’re doing everything we can to help them raise the funds to attend. Jake’s crowdfunding campaign is already up-and-running so do please take a look below. We’ll update with the others later.
The programme was on BBC4 on Friday 23 May at 7.30pm, what was a very special moment for British jazz!