Pianist extraordinaire Marc Hannaford is the 2013 recipient of the Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
Marc was listed as being a Brisbane entrant, but the Melbourne jazz community has long since adopted him as our own. So, yea for Marc!
Last night Marc, Raj Jayaweera, Aaron Flower and Jeremy Rose performed with their bands before respected judges Andrew Robson, Tim Firth, and Alister Spence in The Studio at the Sydney Opera House.
Marc, who performed with Sam Pankhurst on bass and James McLean on drums, won $15,000 cash.
Congratulations to Marc and to the other three for making it to the finals.
It is expected that Marc will have a smile on his face when he performs with David Tolley, Allan Browne, Ren Walters and Scott Tinkler tonight (August 6) at Bennetts Lane as part of the VIVIFICATION Series.
Everything is going splendidly for Marc, bless him, who leaves Melbourne soon for New York to take up a five-year fellowship to complete a PhD in music theory.
The Freedman Music Fellowships, administered by the Music Council of Australia, provide two prizes of $15,000 cash for a jazz and a classical musician.
Established in 1998 by Laurence and Kathy Freedman, The Freedman Foundation also supports visual artists, Australian youth projects, scientific and medical research.