One Trinity Laban Jazz student and one alumnus are celebrating their respective nominations for the 2015 Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician Award. Pianist Elliot Galvin and Trumpeter Mark Kavuma have both been nominated for the prize, the outcome of which will be decided in a public final with an audience vote. The 2015 Final takes place at Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, on Sunday 27 September 2015, with the winner receiving a medal, a cash prize and performance opportunities.
This award, inaugurated in 1991 by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, is given annually to an exceptionally talented young British jazz musician. Trinity Laban students have an estimable record for success in this particular competition, with the institution counting numerous winners among its alumni – most recently Moses Boyd, drummer, the current recipient, and trumpeter Laura Jurd, who won the prize in 2012.
Elliot Galvin, a 2014 graduate in Jazz Piano, is no stranger to competition success; he was named the European Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2014 with his own Elliot Galvin Trio. The Trio’s debut album Dreamland was released in March 2014 to rave reviews, with the Guardian calling it ‘audaciously accomplished’. Mark Kavuma too has shown that he is a young trumpet player who is very much in demand, with career highlights to date including spots as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as performances at the Royal Festival Hall, and in the National Theatre’s production of Amen Corner in 2013.