Otford trumpeter and composer Nick Garbett wins Freedman Jazz Fellowship

Otford trumpeter and composer Nick Garbett has won the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship last week and pocketed $20,000 for his talent.

With a full house at the Studio, ABC Jazz streamed the entire night on Facebook with a 10,000 people tuning in to watch the three finalists who all performed with their bands.

“As to the choice of the winner among the three finalists, it was like choosing between meat, cheese and wine: each of them had their own strong essence,” judges Judy Bailey, Matt Keegan and Stuart Vandegraaff said in a statement.

“It was an inspirational experience to listen to and find out about the fine work of younger Australian jazz musicians.”

Drummer-composer Angus Mason played in a trio, Carl Morgan with a sextet, and Garbett with a quintet featuring Peter Farrar, Danny Pliner, Jonathan Zwartz and Finn Ryan.

Garbett – who also performs with reggae group The Strides – plans to use his prize money to produce and release a new album. 

The project will also collaborate with Shannon  Barnett, Mike Majkowski  and Tony Buck and will be recorded in Berlin at Studio P4, also known as the  Funkhaus Studios.

The Jazz Fellowship is made possible by the Freedman Foundation, a philanthropic foundation chaired by Laurence Freedman, which assists and supports young Australians in many areas including medical and scientific programs and the arts.