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Grant Recipients 2008

Institute of Economic Affairs, Victoria & Albert Museum, Pepperdine University. Reece Darlington, Elliot Horler, Holly Ryan, Clare Martin, Daniello Melton.

Soweto Kinch bagged the award for Best Jazz Act 2004 at the Urban Music Awards held at The Barbican Centre, London bringing to eight the total number of awards won by this incredible young saxophonist/rapper in his short but already illustrious career.

The Urban Music Awards celebrate 100% British-based urban music and underground dance music culture and this year's event was held in aid of the children's charity, UNICEF. All categories in these prestigious awards are nominated and voted for online by the public. Following a massive public vote in his favour, Soweto fought off competition from fellow nominees Jamie Cullum, Damien Bell and Jess Hudson. Unfortunately, Soweto was not able to collect the award in person as he was stuck on a defective train en route from Birmingham to London! However, band member and label mate, Abram Wilson collected the award on his behalf which was presented by the pioneering acid jazz vocalist, Omar.
 

First Night Reviews London Jazz Festival. Alyn Shipton at the South Bank Centre

THERE'S a fine line in jazz between where composition ends and improvisation begins. Out in the QEH foyer, as young musicians jousted for fame in the White Foundation World Saxophone Competition, the emphasis was firmly on improvisation. Fifteen-year-old Francesco Cafiso from Italy convincingly beat players twice his age with a mature performance, brimming with audacious confidence 

Francesco Cafiso Wins 3rd White Foundation World Saxophone Competition.  Fifteen year old Italian alto player Francesco Cafiso dazzled the audience at the Queen Elizabeth Hall free stage with a virtuosic performance and carried off the first prize. He played Ellington's Caravan, a solo My Funny Valentine and completed the finals with Speak Low. The audience were wild with applause at the young Francesco confidence and technical mastery.  Xavier Perez of the USA came second, Willow Neilson from Australia third and Paul van der Feen fourth.


World Sax Competition Moves to London

This year the White Foundation World Sax Competition will be held during the BBC Radio 3 London Jazz Festival during November 2004.
Since the London Jazz Festival began 10 years ago, its reputation has grown to be one of the leading jazz and world music festivals. Concerts are held in numerous venues around the capital city, from the largest concert venues to numerous small clubs and many of the greatest names in jazz perform during the ten day festival. We have selected London, not only because it is a vibrant city with an exciting festival, but because of the organiser’s commitment to education and young audience development. The White Foundation focuses on helping up-and-coming musicians and this matches perfectly with the focus in London’s.

World Saxophone Competition South Bank London 2004

Second Prize Xavier Perez (USA) Third Prize Willow Nelson (Australia) Found Price Paul van der Feen (Holland)

International Jury London


White Foundation Sax Competition 2004 Breaks with Montreux Festival 

The World Saxophone Competition will not take place at this year’s Montreux Festival. The White Foundation and Montreux have been unable to agree on the artistic program for the event and an alternative venue with another major festival is being considered. We very much regret this change of plan and hope that the many contestants who have contacted us will be patient.

After two very successful events and universal support from musicians, jazz fans and the press we are keen to continue the Competition. We intend to have a 2004 event and as soon as we find a new venue we will let you know.
 

Oehlers London Concert to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 

Jamie will perform at this years London Jazz Festival at the Pizza Express Stage on Saturday 22nd November. He will be three great young British players - Andrew McCormack (piano), Troy Miller (drums) and Larry Bartlett (bass). The concert will be broadcast to millions of UK listeners on Radio 3. Our thanks to Serious International Music Producers for their help and support.www.jamieoehlers.com 

Soweto Kinch Double Bill with David Sanborn London

At the BBC London Jazz Festival, Soweto Kinch and his band played The Royal Festival Hall in London's South Bank complex. The RFH is considered one of the capital's most prestigious venues. The double bill concert was with David Sanborn. David was on the jury of the White Foundation Sax Competition 2002 when Soweto was the winner. There was a happy reunion after the concert which received great reviews. 

Jamie Oehlers plays the London Jazz Festival

Winner of the 2003 competition, Australian Jamie Oehlers is moving to London later this year. He will be playing the BBC London Jazz Festival and at the IAJE Conference in New York in January. Jamie's new agent in Copenhagen is lining up a series of concerts in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Visit Jamie's website for more information 

Soweto Kinch wins MOBO Award Best Jazz Act 2003Another major award for star saxophonist/rapper Soweto Kinch who was presented with the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act 2003 at a star-studded ceremony held at London's Royal Albert Hall. 

DVD and Competition CD available from Amazon.co.uk from March 2003DVD and Competition CD available from Amazon.co.uk from March 2003 

Foundation supports Ollon Jazz Festival Sept 2002 

This years Ollon Jazz Festival (6-8 September) was supported by the White Foundation. The highlight of the festival was a performance of by the jazz legends Johnny Griffin and Benny Golson. Other stars included George Gruntz Trio and Franco Ambrosetti and the Paolo Fresu Quintet. A youth concert was held on Sunday morning to a packed audience of kids many attending their first jazz concert. 

Vevey Youth Ballet Launches Sept 2002The Vevey Youth Ballet started off with weekly classes for young students on 10 September. Twenty dancers have enrolled for the first year of classes and there will be a Christmas performance of the Nutcracker at the Vevey Theatre on 1st December. More information on http://www.veveyballet.com 

Top sound engineers will record the Competition for a future CD release May 2002

Sound engineer Blaise Favre, who has worked extensively recording jazz for Radio Suisse Romande and Jaques Sax who recorded Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and founded the Sonosax company that manufactures equipment used worldwide for sound recording, will be the engineers behind the CD production of the competition.

Jury member Alyn Shipton "Writer of the Year"

Alyn Shipton wins the "Jazz Writer of the Year" Award for his New History of Jazz in the British Hamlet Jazz Awards. The prize was presented by Humphrey Lyttelton who described the book as a 'definitive history of jazz.' Shipton's book has also been nominated for the "Best Book About Jazz" category in the prestigious Jazz Journalists Association awards. We are delighted to have Alyn on the jury and his experience as a writer, BBC broadcaster, critic and musician will invaluable.

Jury member Alyn Shipton "Writer of the Year"

Alyn Shipton wins the "Jazz Writer of the Year" Award for his New History of Jazz in the British Hamlet Jazz Awards. The prize was presented by Humphrey Lyttelton who described the book as a 'definitive history of jazz.' Shipton's book has also been nominated for the "Best Book About Jazz" category in the prestigious Jazz Journalists Association awards. We are delighted to have Alyn on the jury and his experience as a writer, BBC broadcaster, critic and musician will invaluable.

Montreux Festival Announces Saxophone Line-up

Star sax players at the festival this year include; David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Kirk Whalum, Joe Lovano, Wayne Shorter and the musicians in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Competition entrants will have a chance to meet the players and some will be guest judges.