Wednesday 22 March an enthusiastic audience enjoyed a highly-charged evening of an incredible range of jazz material produced by some wonderfully talented vocalists from around the world, all competing for the prestigious LIJC Vocalist 2006 award.
The host venue, Chelsea's splendid Cadogan Hall, was swinging to the rafters with exciting performances from all six finalists, making the judges' decision extremely difficult.
After much deliberation, Filipino Mon David was announced the winner. He received the LIJC Vocalist 2006 award, a cheque for 1,000 and immediate follow up gigs at Jagz in Ascot (Thursday 23 March) and the 606 Club, Chelsea (Sunday 26 March). Photos available.
The Gibson-May Award for most impressive performance of an individual song went to Australia based Alison Wedding for her rendition of We'll Be Together Again in the semi-final. Alison also performed with Mon David at Jagz and 606 Club.
As a result of this competition, CANDID Records, through its company in Manila will be recording Mon David's album in the summer and promoting it world-wide.
Recognition goes to all 107 competitors from 25 nations, whose applications were of very high standard. The six competitors who did make it to the finals and produced an exceptional range of talent, were Dan Barnett, Karlie Bruce, Torsten Goods, Heidi Martin and Alison Wedding, who represented Australia, Germany and America respectively.
Thanks go to sponsors Mehr Clef, who produce jazz courses, masterclasses, workshops, tuition and live events. www.mehrclef.com email [email protected]
Emerged as one of the great performers in the flourishing Philippine music industry.. His first album came out in 1991 from that followed awards for Best Local Jazz Recording, Best R & B Vocal Performance and Best Traditional Vocal Performance. In the 1990s performed in the musical tribute to Gershwin 'By George' and played the role of Porgy in 'Porgy and Bess'. 2004 award as Most Outstanding Kapampangan in the field of Arts, Culture and Music.
First came across jazz in 1987 at her Melbourne high school where she took to listening to Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. The sound of the horns is what inspired her to vocalise her jazz influences. Her hunger for this sound has taken her to perform in many jazz festivals in Australia and along the US West Coast.
THE JURY included the UK's award-winning vocalist Ian Shaw; with Lee Gibson and Tina May, two of Britain's finest jazz vocalists; Ursula Malewski, Executive Director of the LIJC and Managing Director of MEhr Clef; vocalists Pete Churchill and Adam Sieff, Jazz Consultant with Sony BMG Music International, Dune Records and DDE Records. Patron is Humphrey Lyttelton: bandleader, broadcaster and musician.
Presented by popular saxophonist Alan Barnes, the musicians for the vocalists were Pete Churchill, Jeff Clyne and Trevor Tomkins, three UK jazz musicians of international repute, with musical comedian extraordinaire Earl Okin performing during the judges' recess.
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said: The London International Jazz Competition provides a significant platform to bring jazz to new audiences and boosts London's cultural profile internationally. The creative industries make a major contribution to London, economically as well as culturally, and this competition is an excellent opportunity for aspiring musicians."