March 5, 2011 1 Comment
Sandy Burnett, one of Britain’s most respected musicians on the UK jazz and classical music scenes, will join the judging panel for this year’s JazzFactor youth talent competition. Eleven bands and artists are already confirmed for this event, which takes place on Sunday 27th March at SAE Oxford, the sound engineering school. Entrants will perform before Sandy Burnett and the judging panel as well as a public audience, and there will be a prize giving at the end of the day when last year’s winners, The Quaking Ducks, will hand over the cup.
Sandy Burnett says: ”Nurturing talent among young people is essential for the British jazz scene to thrive in the generations to come. This is why contests such as JazzFactor are so important and I am very pleased to be involved.”
Festival co-founder Paul Jefferies adds: “Sandy is an incredible role model for young musicians and we are honoured that he is devoting his time to us. JazzFactor, while being a fun day in its own right, is also a serious motivator for youngsters looking to launch a career in jazz music, and receiving a nod of approval from Sandy Burnett is one of the best votes of confidence any young musician could wish for.”
As well as judging the contest, Sandy will lead a power trio performance during the day featuring young sax supremo Aaron Liddard and leading kit man Elliott Henshaw. As well as cutting the straight-ahead jazz mustard, Liddard is a composer and arranger, and frequent sideman of such pop luminaries as Amy Winehouse, Prince, and Jools Holland. Henshaw has worked with Dame Shirley Bassey as well as Deep Purple, Michael Ball, the BBC Big Band, Matthew Herbert, Ray Gelato, Tony Hadley, and Bob Mintzer.
JazzFactor is Oxford’s only youth talent contest devoted to jazz and is in its third year. The contest is open to all jazz musicians, bands and vocalists of secondary school age in Oxfordshire. As well as performing at the Oxford Jazz Festival during 21-24 April, the winning band, musician or vocalist will be given a free recording session at SAE Oxford studios, a fabulous winner’s cup kindly gifted by UK wind and brass specialist Allegro Oxford Ltd and a professional paid performance at the Big Bang’s Jazz Cellar in Jericho later in the year. For the first time, in 2011 there will be runner up prizes plus certificates for Best Vocalist and Best Instrumentalist.
JazzFactor will take place on Sunday 27th March in the Live Room at SAE’s global headquarters at Littlemore Park, Oxford OX4 4FY. Closing date for entries is 25th February 2011. The event is open to the public; entrance fee £5. Anyone interested in entering should email email@example.com.
This was written by Karen David of Spriggs David, a PR consultant based in Oxford, UK. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org .