Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: The Dankworth & Harvey Awards Concert
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Guildhall Jazz Orchestra
Cennet Jönsson saxophone
Scott Stroman director
Guildhall School is honoured to be the host of this year’s Dankworth and Eddie Harvey Awards. The awards are administered and funded by The Musicians’ Company with the support of The Wavendon Foundation and friends and family of Eddie Harvey.
Sir John Dankworth was a liveryman of The Musicians’ Company and his wife, Cleo Laine, is an Honorary Freeman. Their children, Alec and Jacqui, and Alec’s daughter, Emily, have been staunch supporters of the Awards since their establishment by Art Mead in 2007, and have often attended the prize-winners’ concert to present the prizes. There are two Dankworth Composition Awards – one for big band and one for small ensemble. The Awards are offered to composers under the age of 29.
The Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger’s Award – open to arrangers of any age – was instituted in memory of the outstanding jazz performer, arranger and educationalist, and The Musicians’ Company assumed responsibility for the competition in 2017.
The 2020 winners are:
Eddie Lee Dean (Dankworth Big Band prize)
Alex Paxton Bye (Dankworth Small Ensemble prize)
Tom Niblock Berlin by Olly Clark (Eddie Harvey Arranger's prize)
Due to current restrictions, the three winners will be presented with their awards at a special pre-recorded ceremony.
In the first half of the concert the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra will perform the three winning works after the presentation of the Awards. In the second half the Jazz Orchestra will be joined by Swedish saxophonist Cennet Jönsson (pictured) to perform his stunning Tarantula Suite.