BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2014

Posted by Jonathan Silk on July 6, 2014 News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No comments
Photo credit - Jon Crosland Mills

Photo credit – Jon Crosland Mills

I am delighted to announce the exciting news that I have been successful in winning the BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2014 final , which took place at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on the opening night of the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

There were five finalists in total, all of whom played storming sets throughout an amazing evening of music and I am totally humbled to have been chosen as a winner amongst such talented company! Alto saxophonist Helena Kay, drummer John Lowrie, fellow Brum ex-pat trumpeter Sean Gibbs and fellow Dollarite Fergus McCreadie all played at the highest level all day.

I owe particular thanks to Cathie Rae and all at the Scottish Jazz Federation and BBC Radio Scotland for the organisation of the evening, to Birnam CDs for the support of the event, and to all those who came out to the evening to make it such a special night. It was particularly special to perform with my parents and family friends in the room too.

This award will open some exciting doors for new opportunities and projects so I look forward to developing the next step.

You can hear mine and the other finalists performances here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021n7l7

And there’s a feature on the SJF website here: http://scottishjazzfederation.com/sjf/ysjm_final_2014/

I will be performing at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen on 31st July to celebrate this award with some good friends and previous winners.