Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition & The Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year Award 2017

JazzOn 23 March 2017 the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition winners were announced at a concert in Milton Court, Silk Street, London. Matt Anderson received an award in the ‘Small Ensemble’ category for his piece Jig Jag Jug, and Jacky Naylor received an award in the ‘Big Band’ category for his work Bilbao. These awards were presented by Jacqui and Emily Dankworth.

Saxophonist Matt Anderson is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Jacky Naylor is a jazz pianist and composer based in Birmingham. Matthew Sulzmann was the runner-up in the ‘Small Ensemble’ category for his piece Castle View, and the runner-up in the ‘Big Band’ category was James Brady for his work Hermeto’s Hideaway.

At the same event, The Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year Award 2017 was given to Tom Green for his big band arrangement of Badger Jam. Tom is a London-based trombonist, composer, arranger and improviser working primarily in the fields of jazz and contemporary music.

The winners’ compositions were performed at the concert by members of the Guildhall Big Band, under the direction of Scott Stroman.

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