Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is thrilled that the latest recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is bassist Hannah James.
Hannah, daughter of Gallery staff member Leslie James, has recently relocated to Sydney after graduating from the ANU School of Music in Canberra where she was fortunate enough to receive the ANU Undergraduate Scholarship and study under the tutor-ledge of renowned bassist Eric Ajaye (Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, Bill Cosby, Barry White, Benny Maupin and many others)
During her time in the Bungendore and the ACT regions Hannah, at times under the guidance of the Gallery's Exhibitions Coordinator and Artsound FM Jazz Presenter Stan d'Argeavel and renowned jazz pianist Kevin Hunt, had the opportunity to play with Australia’s most treasured musicians including Don Burrows, Kevin Hunt, Bob Barnard, John Nicol and others. She has been tutored by the likes of Miroslav Bukovsky, and ANU Jazz Lecturers John Mackey and Mike Price. She has also performed extensively outside the jazz genre backing up pop musician Jessica Mauboy, triple J Uncovered winner Cathy Petocz and others.
The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 at the instigation of a private benefactor who recognised a need to support young female jazz musicians at the beginning of their professional careers. The award is a professional development opportunity worth up to $8000 to the recipient.
As part of the award Hannah receives performance opportunities with Sydney's Seymour Theatre Centre, The Melbourne Fringe Festival and in Brisbane. She also receives CD recording and production sessions with the ABC that will feature Hannah's original compositions .
The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations in partnership with Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival (MIWJF), Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and ABC Radio National.
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