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3 September 2021

2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship: finalists

2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship: finalists

The Music Trust's Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalists for 2021 have been announced. The shortlist consists of saxophonist Flora Carbo (Victoria), bassist Joseph Franklin (Victoria), guitarist Hilary Geddes (NSW) and drummer-percussionist Maria Moles (Tasmania). Normally the Fellowship recipient would be announced following a finalists' showcase concert at the Sydney Opera House. This year, the four finalists will work with mentors to hone their creative projects before meeting virtually with the judges as they decide the $21,000 prize.

The judges this time around are trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, saxophonist Loretta Palmeiro and pianist and producer Stu Hunter.

Conceived by Laurence Freedman AM and Dr Richard Letts AM, the Freedman Jazz Fellowship is a life-changing award offered annually to Australian musicians aged up to 35. Jazz musicians from around Australia nominate 16 musicians, out of which four will proceed to the finals. The judges will determine the winner taking into consideration the contestants' musical practice and their plans for a proposed creative project.

The Freedman Jazz Fellowships began in 2002, and have since helped to establish the careers of Australia's most distinguished jazz artists. Past Fellows include luminaries such as Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, James Muller, Matt Keegan, Phil Slater and Kristin Berardi.

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