Mercury Nomination for Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Winners

Roller Trio, 2011’s recipients of our Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, have had their debut album nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The band, a three-piece jazz group that have been enjoying enormous critical acclaim, create a fusion of art-house rock with innovative Parker-esque sax hooks, nailed down with reactive, precise drumming.

Their unusual, raw sound impressed the panel of leading jazz musicians and experts during the Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards, and since recording their debut album they have continued to impress. Their eponymous debut album received four-star reviews in The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Telegraph and has captured the attention of many big-name radio DJs.

Roller Trio, who formed in 2010, features saxophonist James Mainwaring, guitarist Luke Wynter and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams, who all met when studying at Leeds College of Music. The band describe their music as a combination of contemporary jazz and rock traditions, drawing on a wide range of influences including reggae, hip hop and Indian music.

They are not the first award-winning jazz group to have gone on to enjoy critical acclaim. The trio now join the ranks of Led Bib and Gwilym Simcock – both of whom won a Peter Whittingham Jazz Award prior to having their albums make the coveted Mercury shortlist.

We are pleased that the Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards have supported another band on the road to success, and wish the formidable Roller Trio the best of luck at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

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