White-hot finale of Australia’s most prestigious jazz award
After a nation-wide search for the greatest jazz artist aged 35 and under, the judges for The Music Trust’s 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, Gai Bryant, Mike Nock and Matt Keegan - all musicians, composers and educators themselves - have announced the three finalists from a list of 17 nominees from across Australia.
Elly Hoyt (Vocals) - nominated by Julien Wilson
Harry Sutherland (Piano) - nominated by Jonathan Zwartz
Novak Manojlovic (Piano) - nominated by Jonathan Zwartz
In an adrenaline-pumping finale, the three finalists compete live in concert for their chance to win Australia’s most prestigious jazz award, the 17-year institution of Freedman Jazz Fellowships.
Distinguished judge Mike Nock ONMZ said “The great contrast between the three finalists will promise a riveting evening of music at Freedman Jazz”.
The winner is decided after a searing hot performance from each finalist, and to keep you entertained while the judges deliberate, special guest and previous Freedman Fellow Ben Hauptmann will be performing with his quartet. The concert will be hosted by ABC 702 Afternoon presenter James Valentine.
The winner becomes the 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellow, and is enabled take the next step in their career with a $20,000 prize.
Previous winners read like a Who’s Who of Australian jazz, including Phil Slater, Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, Kristin Berardi, Andrew Robson, Matt Keegan and Matt McMahon.
Presented by SIMA and supported by The Freedman Foundation and The Music Trust .