Piano players scoop major Jazz Awards
Thursday, 1 May 2008
South Australia's top jazz students and graduates of the Elder Conservatorium of Music were recognised last night at the 2008 Jazz Awards.
$6000 in awards was presented to eight outstanding musicians from the Elder Conservatorium of Music jazz program at the University of Adelaide.
The inaugural $2000 Hyatt Regency Award for the Most Outstanding Honours Graduate was awarded to talented pianist Brendan Lim.
Also a pianist, Matthew Sheens received the $1000 Adelaide City Council Award for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate.
Individual undergraduate awards were presented to:
- Sam Cagney (guitar) - Keith Langley Jazz Guitar Award $500;
- Alana Dawes (bass) - Keith Langley Jazz Bass Award $500;
- Brenton Foster (piano) - Tommy Norman Jazz Award $500;
- Benjamin Harrison (saxophone) - dB Magazine Award $500;
- Nick Pietsch (trombone) - Mitzi's Prize $500
- Joel Prime (drums) - Billy Hyde Award $500 voucher.
The award winners presented an entertaining evening of jazz, featuring a set with leading American alto saxophonist Jon Gordon
For the first time since the Jazz Awards were first presented in 1997, the event was held at the Hyatt Regency Adelaide in a cabaret setting.
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