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James McLean Freedmans

Melbourne drummer James McLean has been awarded the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship Prize, and with it, he plans to record a series of duos.

Melbourne drummer James McLean has taken out the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellow. His project will include a new series of duo recordings with established artists, including Gian SlaterAndrea Keller and Simon Barker.


The annual Freedman Jazz Fellowship, hosted by The Music Trust, is designed to assist Australian jazz musicians already on a pathway to building their career. Based on an invite-only process, nominees aged 35 and under are selected by senior industry figures in each state.

The 2016 Fellow James McLean was awarded $20,000 in prize money from the Freedman Foundation to help fund their projects. Additionally, ABC Jazz is proud to announce that James will be recieve three days studio time in the ABC Jazz Sydney recording studios.

The 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalists were:

Luke Sweeting (piano), Joe O'Connor (piano) and James McLean (drums - pictured).

The 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship nominees were:

- James Ball (piano)
- Steve Barry (piano)
- Evan Dorrian (drums)
- Daniel Gassin (piano)
- Lyndon Gray (bass)
- Lauren Henderson (voice)
- Alf Jackson (drums)
- Josh Kyle (voice)
- James Macaulay (trombone)
- Ricki Malet (trumpet)
- James McLean (drums)
- Carl Morgan (guitar)
- Joe O’Conner (piano)
- Mike Rivett (saxophone)
- Luke Sweeting (piano)
- Sam Anning (bass)


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On Mar 4, 2016. 2:05pm
JN said

Looking forward to the final performances - best of luck to all! Jim

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