Appearing in National Jazz Awards Finals, 7.30pm Friday 30 October

Award-winning Australian vocalist, Amelia Evans is a Melbourne based musician and recent Honours graduate of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. With a love for storytelling via improvisation, Amelia is recognized for her breathtaking vocal versatility and ability to capture an audience with her authenticity and honesty.

As the recipient of the Margaret Schofield Music Performance Scholarship and the Monash-Pratt Music Performance Jazz Scholarship, 2016 marked the beginning of her success as a young jazz vocalist.

Amelia has performed with her quartet and various ensembles at venues across Melbourne such as the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Paris Cat Jazz Club, the Jazzlab, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club and at various events such the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Stonnington Jazz Festival.

Amelia has also recorded and appeared on stage with local and international artists such as Terri-Lyne Carrington, James Morrison, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Bob Sedergreen, Tim Ries, Nitai Hershkovitz, Marian Petrescu, Steve Sedergreen and James Muller.

In 2017, Amelia was awarded the coveted James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship, performing as one of the six best young jazz vocalists in Australia. Chosen by James Morrison and an expert panel of some of the world’s finest musicians, Amelia received high praise from Jazzmeia Horn, Gordon Goodwin, Wycliffe Gordon, Ross Irwin and Kate Ceberano.

As part of the prize, Amelia was offered an exclusive recording contract with ABC Jazz, allowing the vocalist of 22 years to work alongside Mal Stanley in creating her debut album. Released in March 2019, The First Song features an impressive line-up of some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, including Bob Sedergreen, Ben Robertson, Tony Floyd and Steve Sedergreen.

Amelia has studied both locally and overseas, including her participation in the Keep an Eye Summer Jazz Workshop; an advanced level Jazz Workshop under the guidance of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music New York and the conservatorium van Amsterdam. During her time in Amsterdam, Amelia received high commendations from jazz greats such as Justin DiCioccio, Ray Anderson, John Riley, Dick Oatts and Peter Eldridge.

Amelia has also completed short courses in both Prato, Italy (2017) and New York (2018) where she studied with and received high praise from the likes of Tony Moreno, Andy Gravish and Janis Siegel.