Jazz legends in the making
One of Adelaide's best nights of jazz music is here again.
The University of Adelaide's top jazz students will be acknowledged - and will perform - at the 2009 Jazz Awards this month.
Nine of the best jazz musicians from the Elder Conservatorium of Music will share in a prize pool of $6500, with awards presented to the top performing students in the disciplines of piano, trombone, voice, trumpet, drums, bass, guitar and saxophone.
Hosted in the majestic Hyatt Regency Ballroom, this black-tie gala event will feature special guest performer Paul Grabowsky, Artistic Director of the 2010 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts.
"The past 20 years in Australia has seen an emergence of a jazz culture which is equal to any other jazz culture in the world - and one which we can very much call our own," Grabowsky said.
"Young musicians of today have the legacy of Australian-made jazz music to listen to and use as models, alongside the great traditions which exist - this was not the case when I started.
"It's a real pleasure to collaborate on the work of the next generation of music leaders in our country, particularly in Adelaide which has produced some very important jazz musicians stretching right back to the 1940s - and Adelaide's tertiary institutions have been largely responsible for the staggering numbers of very proficient young players emerging on to the scene."
The Elder Conservatorium first presented the Jazz Awards in 1997 to encourage emerging jazz musicians and to showcase their talents to the Adelaide community.
"All of this year's prize winners are putting together a unique program of entertaining jazz," said Bruce Hancock, Head of Jazz Studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
"We are particularly pleased to be welcoming Paul to play for us at this year's awards. To have an Australian jazz pianist of his calibre join us is a rare treat - it promises to be a fantastic night!"