|Josh Arcoleo. Photo credit: Roger Thomas |
The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize is awarded to a musician graduating from the Royal Academy who can demonstrate: "excellence in both performance and composition." As part of the prize, Edition Records will be releasing his debut album.
Kenny Wheeler has written about the prize:
“I have always felt strongly about supporting the next generation of young jazz musicians and it gives me great pleasure to set up this prize in my name. My friends and colleagues at the Academy have been producing such amazing players in recent years that I am sure the winner of the prize will go on to make their mark in the jazz world, and who knows, I might even get to play with them myself!”