BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020: Final

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BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020: Final

Series 2020

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Review

It’s good to know that jazz is alive and thriving — and appealing to young people. BBC4 and Radio 3 have given it a bit of a push lately to coincide with the (online) London Jazz Festival, and of course there’s always Jazz FM and Jamie Cullum’s popular slot on Radio 2. Now it’s the final of this contest, which comes around every two years and spotlights burgeoning talent.

The five contenders are saxophonists Matt Carmichael (21) and Alex Clarke (20), pianist Deschanel Gordon (22), guitarist Ralph Porrett (21) and double bassist Kielan Sheard (18). Each plays a 15-minute set that includes pieces by jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Dave Brubeck, as well as music they’ve written themselves.

YolanDa Brown, saxophonist, a CBeebies face with YolanDa’s Band Jam and, since May, a host on Jazz FM, presides over the event.

Summary

The 2020 final of BBC Young Jazz Musician comes from London's Cadogan Hall. Hosted by saxophonist, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown, and filmed in the absence of audience, it features five of the UK's most promising young jazz performers - saxophonists Alex Clarke and Matt Carmichael, bassist Kielan Sheard, pianist Deschanel Gordon and guitarist Ralph Porrett. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter YolanDa Brown
Director Rhodri Huw
Producer Martyn Stevens
Music