Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition, the National Jazz Awards have been a central feature of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues since it began in 1990. A different instrument is featured every year, and this year the spotlight turns to Bass, whether acoustic or electric. Ten outstanding jazz bassists, up to 35 years of age, have been invited to perform at this year’s festival, they are:
- Nick Abbey, 27, from Perth
- Sam Anning, 33, from Perth, then Melbourne, currently living in New York
- Alex Boneham, 28, from Canberra, then Sydney, currently living in Los Angeles
- Thomas Botting, 29, from New Zealand, currently living in Sydney
- Anna Butterss, 24, from Adelaide
- Karl Dunnicliff, 31, from Sydney
- David Groves, 24, from Sydney
- Noel Mason, 24, currently living in New York
- Adam Spiegl, 31, from Melbourne
- Georgia Weber, 31, currently living in New York
Congratulations to each of this year’s finalists.
These ten emerging stars will perform with Tim Firth (winner of the National Jazz Awards in 2012) on drums, plus one or both of guitarist Carl Morgan (winner of the 2014 Awards) and pianist Steve Barry (runner-up in the 2013 Awards). After the ten finalists perform in the semi-finals, three will be chosen to perform in the final round on Sunday afternoon. This will be broadcast live to air, nationally, on ‘Jazztrack with Mal Stanley’, on ABC Jazz and streamed live on the Festival App
The winner will receive $12,000, plus an ABC studio recording session. The runner-up will receive $6,000 and a recording session at Pughouse Studios in Melbourne, while the third prize is $3,000. The judging panel will comprise Mike Nock, Geoff Kluke and Phil Stack.
Wangaratta Jazz acknowledges the generous support of Anthony Lee and Sharon Lee, and the support of ABC Jazz and Pughouse Studios.