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BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 Final

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Witness five musicians compete for top spot at this concert, the thrilling conclusion of this year’s BBC Young Jazz Musician competition.

This year the five young finalists each play a set at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The five finalists for this year's award are Xhosa Cole (saxophone), Reuben Goldmark (piano), Fergus McCreadie (piano), James Owston (bass) and Seth Tackaberry (bass).

The event is hosted by Josie d'Arby and saxophonist and composer YolanDa Brown, and judged by pianist Monty Alexander, composer and pianist Zoe Rahman, bassist and founding member of Jazz Warriors Gary Crosby and vocalist Zara McFarlane.

Each finalist will perform standards and at least one self-arranged piece accompanied by top jazz musicians pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Paula Gardiner and drummer Asaf Sirkis. After the five performances, the internationally-renowned jury decide who will become BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018.

The winner in 2016, trumpet and flugelhorn player, bandleader and composer Alexandra Ridout will return to play a set while the jury are making the decision.

BBC Young Jazz Musician was established in 2014 to provide a platform for the UK’s most talented young jazz performers, echoing the way in which BBC Young Musician showcases young classical performers.

Event supported by ABRSM.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £15
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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This event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC television and radio. There will be cameras, TV lighting and haze effects in the hall.