National Jazz Awards

30 September: Finalists announced

Instrument focus in 2018: Drums

The National Jazz Awards has been a highlight each year since the Festival began in 1990. The awards are open every year to musicians who were born after 1 November 1983.

Each year ten finalists are chosen to perform, for the chance to win up to $12,000 and valuable opportunities to gain industry recognition and boost their careers.

Past winners including now prominent artists such as Barney McAll, James Muller, Phil Slater, Scott Tinkler, Michelle Nicolle and Stephen Magnusson. The benefits of succeeding in the National Jazz Awards are far-reaching.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2018 finalists!

Tim Firth, drums – NJA award winner in 2011

In an interview before the 2011 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Tim Firth (who was to go on to win the award in 2011) spoke to about the festival and said:

It’s the best jazz festival in the country. Hands down. Playing at this festival is such an honour for me. One of my fondest memories is playing in the 2004 National Jazz Awards finals, alongside some my drumming idols. Then two years later I got to perform at the festival with James Muller’s Trio, Theaktet and Dave Panichi’s Septet. It was such a thrill for me playing with some of my favourite bands on that stage. It’s probably the biggest stage in Australian jazz. Playing at the Wangaratta Jazz festival really gives you the feeling like you’ve made it. I love it.

Ben Falle, Tim Firth, Dave Goodman

NJA final three drum contestants in 2011 – Ben Falle, Tim Firth, Dave Goodman