Following Tuesday night’s award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster, NYJO London MD (& former NYJO lead alto sax) Phil Meadows wrote to us with a few words about his Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer.
‘It came as such a surprise to be awarded ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’. I was up against two brilliant musicians with Reuben Fowler and Lauren Kinsella also nominated. I can’t thank those who voted enough for making it possible and a special thank you has to go to my band; Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Simon Roth who’s musical brilliance brings the music I write to life in ways I never thought possible – this is most definitely a joint award! Having spent two and a half years as lead alto in NYJO as well as continuing my role as musical director for NYJO London I have to thank Nigel Tully and the board, everyone in the office and musical director Mark Armstrong for their continued support in my musical development. Special thanks goes to vice-chairman Jack Fallow who has not only helped my development inside of NYJO but offers help and advice with everything I do outside too, his support is invaluable!
(photo of L-R NYJO Vice Chair Jack Fallow, NYJO MD Mark Armstrong & Phil Meadows)