COMPETITION: Big Jazz Kids – Winner Announced!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our #TWJazz #bigjazzkids photo competition. To our great surprise, it actually proved much more difficult for you than anticipated, as just seven of you actually got both answers correct! Most of you were thrown off-course by the cute kid at the piano, making the most popular answers Ben Burrell on piano and Moses Boyd on drums. However, the correct answers are:

…saxophonist Binker Golding at the piano and Ezra Collective leader, Femi Koleoso on the drums. Gnaaaaaaahhh, aren’t they just the cutest?! :-)

Sadly, there can only be one winner and the winner is…(drum roll please Femi!)….

Camron Andrews – Well done to you, Camron (and commiserations to everyone else)! A copy of Joe Harriott: Fire In His Soul by Alan Robertson will be winging its way to you shortly.

 

Warriors are Winners in the ‘Parlies’!

APPJAG Awards-Peter Edwards Best Newcomer 2015

Peter Edwards with compere Moira Stuart and Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP (photo © Hayley Madden)

Congratulations to the brilliant musical talent and Tomorrow’s Warriors stalwart, Peter Edwards on winning the Jazz Newcomer of the Year in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards (aka ‘The Parlies’) on 10 March at an exclusive ceremony in the House of Commons.

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), comprising MPs and peers of all major political parties from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords selected the final award winners following nominations by the general public.

Hurray! This is a well-deserved win for Peter and a massive vote of confidence for his all-round skills as a composer, bandleader, educator, jazz musician and exceedingly good egg. Peter’s debut album Safe and Sound was cited as the reason for his win.

We also congratulate our two supremely talented alumna:  Laura Jurd who very deservedly won the Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year for her brilliant trumpet playing and all round musicianship; and the ever rising Zara McFarlane, who was runner-up for Jazz Vocalist of the Year.

Peter Ind - winner of the Special APPJAG Award 2015They say last is by no means least, and this is especially true of the person who received the Special APPJAG Award that acknowledges a lifetime achievement in jazz..our very dear friend, and teacher/mentor of our Artistic Director….Lord of the Lower Frequency, the superb double bassist, Peter Ind. We salute you, Peter and thank you warmly for your beautiful spirit, energy, wisdom and of course, your music that you give so generously. We cannot think of a more deserved recipient of this very special award!

Houses of Parliament at night

 

WOMAD 2015: Tomorrow’s Warriors to open Festival mainstage with band of 100 young musicians and dancers!

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Tomorrow's Warriors-Shirley TettehTOMORROW’S WARRIORS + MALMESBURY SCHOOL PROJECT
Tuesday 14 July | 7.00pm
MALMESBURY | Malmesbury Abbey

Thursday 23 July | 7.00pm
MALMESBURY | WOMAD Charlton Park

We can’t tell you how super sunny we feel to bring our funky jazz and Afrobeat sounds to summer festival crowds at Malmesbury, home to the hallowed stages of the most famous of all world music festivals: WOMAD! We’ll be there on the main stage to open the festival on 23 July with a full-on Womad Festival Logoextravaganza of music and dance created with 100 young people performing as part of the Malmesbury School Project.

This performance will showcase the amazing grooves created across a week-long initiative working with a bright young cast led by our inspirational TW faculty music leaders, Binker Golding (saxophones) and Ben Burrell (piano). They will be joined by future jazz giants from our Emerging Artists, including Femi Koleoso (drums), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), and Cherise Adams-Burnett (vocals) who will support the young people in each section. We’re looking forward with great excitement to what we know will be a fantastically fun project with the young people of Wiltshire, and to the premiere of this work on 14 July at the historic, and massively impressive venue that is Malmesbury Abbey. Roll on the summer!