Since 2005 the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award (JRMA) has been helping to redress the gender imbalance in the field of Jazz performance. This has been effected by supporting outstanding young female instrumentalists and arranging mentorships for those with potential.
The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female jazz musician. The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations.
Over the years we have had 2 generous major sponsors but now must look for alternative support. So a massive fundraising concert is planned for Thursday July 12, 2012 at the wonderful new club Blue Beat in Double Bay.
Three main groups will perform.
1. Paul Cutlan leading ‘The Jann Rutherford Quintet’.
Paul writes:- The Jann Rutherford Quintet with guest pianist Matt McMahon are privileged to have the opportunity to perform compositions from both her solo piano and quintet albums. These range from hard bop classics such as Mr Visa Man, through tender ballads and waltz numbers to songs like Expectations, bursting with optimism and joy.
Matt McMahon (piano), Roger Manins & Paul Cutlan (saxophones) Craig Scott (bass) and Dave Goodman (drums).
2. Hannah James Quartet
Jazz bassist, composer Hannah James was the recipient of the 2011 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. Hannah’s group is a showcase for her beautiful, subtle and sophisticated compositions
Hannah James (bass) Tim Clarkson (saxophone) Casey Golden (piano) and Ed Rodrigues (drums)
3. The Sirens Big Band
In 2010 the award recipients were Jessica Dunn and Harriet Harding. It enabled them to launch The Sirens all woman big band.
They have had exceptional success including a season in the Sydney Festival re-creating the days of the famous Trocadero.
As a bonus we can expect some anecdotes both from long term collaborators Paul Cutlan, Roger Manins and the rambunctious star of Beer Drinking Woman Christa Hughes. Christa also promises a sample from the show which Jann collaborated on.
8pm Thursday July 12 @ BLUE BEAT 16 Cross Street, Double Bay – $40/$25 bookings (02) 9328 4411
Also massive raffle with prizes including concert tickets, books, cds, photo sessions. $5 each or 5 for $20.
Further information direct ticket sales, interviews etc (02) 9938 2180 firstname.lastname@example.org