Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund) have announced the winners of the £4,000 2014 Peter Whittingham Award. They are Leeds-based Stretch Trio consisting of Andy French - saxophone and EWI, Tom Higham - Drums/Sampler, and Calvin Travers - guitar. All are recent graduates of Leeds College of Music. They have participated in the 'Jazz North Introduces' scheme. The judging panel included musicians Dennis Rollins, Pete Wareham, and Justin McKenzie of Jazz re:freshed.
A Help Musicians UK Development Award went to Birmingham-based pianist Mark Pringle.The full story is HERE.
LINK: Stretch Trio website