For the past five years, we’ve supported Serious’s Take Five, an initiative designed to give some of the UK’s most talented young jazz musicians the opportunity to take ‘time out’ to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world.
Producers of the London Jazz Festival, Serious announced the latest artists to be supported by Take Five on Sunday as the Festival came to an end, looking forward to what the next year will hold for these bright new jazz stars.
Of the eight participants, we are proud to have supported five of these with the start of their professional development. Trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Peter Edwards, saxophonist James Mainwaring, guitarist Alex Roth and sitar player and vocalist Shama Rahman all received awards from us recently and we can expect great things to come from them with the opportunities that Take 5 provides.
Take Five Edition IX will run from October 2013 to the summer of 2014 and provides participants with one-to-one mentoring sessions to address their particular areas of need, as well a residential period exploring areas such as composition, performance, communications, business infrastructure and strategic direction.
A panel of industry experts contributed to the selection process, taking into account creativity, future potential, style of music, range of influences, and distinctive contribution to the jazz community. The panel included representatives from Jerwood Charitable Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Serious, as well as Graham McKenzie (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival), Steve Mead (Manchester Jazz Festival) and Jason Yarde (composer, saxophonist and producer).
Having supported many of these artist at the very start of their careers through Development and Emerging Excellence Awards, seeing them progress to this next level shows how important that initial boost is and how the artists take these opportunities and really run with them.