Trumpeter and composer Reuben Fowler is this year’s winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Jazz Award.
The Great Britain’s Royal Academy of Music and record label Edition Records give the award every year to young artists who demonstrate excellence in both, performance and composition. The winner is chosen from graduating jazz musicians of the Royal Academy of Music, and the label Edition Records releases the debut album of the young musician.
The three-man panel that decides about the winner is made of Dave Stepelton from Edition Records, Academy professor Nick Smart and saxophonist Evan Parker, who was a long term collaborator and friend of late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, the award was named after.
Reuben Fowler started playing jazz when he was 15 with the Doncaster Jazz Association and played after that with the National Youth Jazz orchestra. He played with artists like Stan Sulzman, Jim Hart, Gareth Lockrane Big Band and the ensemble Troyk-estra when he stir up the audience at their performance at the 15th anniversary of Jazzwise magazine.
The Kenny Wheeler Award was established in 2010, it is a great opportunity for young European musicians to introduce themselves to international audience after graduation, like the Thelonious Monk competition in the United States of America does. Reuben Fowler’s first album will be released in summer of 2013.