Bushey jazz players from The Purcell School reach final of BBC Young Musician Jazz Award

Watford Observer: Sean, 13, and Jake, 16. Sean, 13, and Jake, 16.

Two pupils from a school in Bushey have reached the finals of BBC Young Musician’s brand new Jazz Award.

Jake Labazzi, 16, plays the jazz trumpet, and Sean Payne, 13, who plays the jazz saxophone will take part in the final on March 8 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

This is the first year that BBC Young Musician has added a Jazz Award alongside the established classical music format.

After two rounds of auditions, the panel of judges have chosen five young jazz musicians to perform in the final. The finalists will be playing with the BBC Young Musician house rhythm section of piano, bass and drums and the adjudicators will be looking at their technique, improvisation, interpretation and stylistic awareness as well as interaction with the band.

Jake and Sean are supported by Government Music and Dance Scheme Scholarships at The Purcell School.

Jake joined in 2007 and he studies trumpet with Tony Cross, jazz trumpet with Steve Waterman and piano with Gareth Hunt.

Sean Joined the School in 2013, and is taught jazz sax by Carlos Lopez-Real, jazz piano with Simon Colam and jazz percussion with Darren Altman.

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