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National Jazz Award Finalists Announced

Nadje Noordhuis
Sep 21, 2010 Updated May 8, 2013

The 10 brass players performing at the 2010 National Jazz Awards finals at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz have been announced.

Entrants have been selected from Australia, USA, Japan and France by a blindfold panel of pianist Mike Nock, trombonist James Greening and trumpeter Phil Slater.

Chair of the judges, Mike Nock commented: "There were a lot of really impressive entries... it was incredibly difficult to cut the field back to just 10 finalists.  I'm sure the ones who made it through will put in some really impressive performances at Wangaratta."

The competition’s 10 finalists will perform at Wangaratta in the first round on October 30 and 31, with 3 performers then selected to play in the final round, broadcast live on Jazztrack with Mal Stanley, from 5.00-7.00pm on October 31.  Soloists will perform with the rhythm section of pianist Sam Keevers, bassist Rodrigo Aravena and drummer Ben Vanderwal.

The 10 finalists are

Simon Ferenci, 27, from Sydney

Nick Garbett, 27, from Sydney

Matthew Jodrell, 30, from Perth, currently based in New York

James Kennedy*, 30, from Sydney

Eamon McNelis, 27, from Melbourne

Damien Maughan, 34, from Melbourne

Nadje Noordhuis (pictured), 33, from Melbourne/Sydney, currently based in New York

Nicholas Pietsch, 22, from Adelaide

Don Stewart, 30, from Melbourne

Pat Thiele, 27, from Melbourne

(Ages shown are as at the 1st November 2010)

The winner will receive $8000, plus a studio recording session for Jazztrack with Mal Stanley, as well as an invitation to perform at the Stonnington Jazz festival in May 2011.
The runner-up will receive $5000.
The third-placed finalist will receive $2000.

*Declaration:James Kennedy is employed as a Content Producer at ABC Digital Radio.


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On Sep 30, 2010. 2:49pm
Nick Taylor said

They forget to list Don Stewart in the finalists list! There are only 9 names listed above...go Don!

On Sep 30, 2010. 10:15pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Nick - absolutely correct...! All fixed now and thanks for the comment.

On Oct 30, 2010. 7:11pm
Patrick Driessen said

For the award winner I'd like to offer a special invitation to perform at the first Sydney International Jazz Festival (SIJF), which will take place in August 2011.

Good luck to all award finalists!

Warm regards,

SIJF Director

On Nov 1, 2010. 9:39am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for the generous offer - we'll pass the information on to Eamon.

ABC Jazz

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