Jazz Queensland are proud to announce Craig Burnett as the winner of the 612 ABC Brisbane Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award 2011. Craig was presented with the trophy by the Award Patron Vince Jones, live on stage 6pm prior to the Valley Jazz Festival 2011 Vince Jones closing night concert event, 7pm on Sunday 29th May 2011 at the Judith Wright Centre. The 3 other finalists were Sarah Collyer, Astrid Jorgensen and Eliza Cooke. Whilst Craig Burnett is a household name (in his own house) the last decade has seem him develop a shadow career of some note. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1999 he spent some time in the corporate entertainment scene, teaching in a number of studios and giving a lot of his time to the Christian arts scene. In 2000 he joined the jazz combo – SCAT. SCAT have now positioned themselves as a formidable act bringing new life to live jazz in Queensland and beyond. Craig has toured America, England and New Zealand and has played a number Queenland’s jazz, food and wine events. His latest album title with SCAT, “Wash Day Miracle” is a true representation of his broad musicality and commitment to round reflective surfaces. Craig is passionate about using creativity to challenge people’s worldview…and of course entertain! More recently he has appeared in Brisbane pro-am musical theatre and can be seen serenading his ‘Juliet’ on a comic television commercial.
As the winner for the award in 2011, Craig will receive;
• The 612 ABC Brisbane/Valley Jazz Festival Vocal Award trophy
• Performance date at the 2013 Valley Jazz Festival
• Headline concert tickets for the 2011 Valley Jazz Festival
• Interview and airplay on 612 ABC Brisbane (subject to editorial guidelines)
• The opportunity to be considered for a broadcast recording by ABC-FM’s “JazzTrack”
• Complimentary membership of Jazz Queensland for 1 year
• Feature spot at the Jazz Singers’ Jam Night/JQ Christmas Concert in December 2011
• Career development mentoring
In its third year running the 612 ABC Brisbane Valley Jazz Festival vocalist award competition has received some excellent entries from across Queensland. The award is open to all Jazz Vocalists who are Queensland residents and 18 years or over. Judges were looking for talent deserving recognition, voice quality and interpretation with a sense of creativity and originality.
2009 612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award
Winner - Krysten Haynes
Jazz Queensland Congratulate Krysten Haynes on Winning the 2009 612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award. Each judge commented on the exceptional quality of vocal entries this year, other finalists included Alan Western, Lauren Lucille and Claire Walters.
Krysten Haynes won;
- The 612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award trophy.
Two tickets to see Katie Noonan perform with Elixir at the Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre.
A Gig at the 2011 Valley Jazz Festival.
Interview and airplay on 612 ABC Brisbane (subject to editorial guidelines)
Musicadium 1 year Digital distribution package
Membership to Jazz Qld for 1 year.
Feature spot at the Jazz Singers Jam Night/JQ Christmas Concert.
Career development mentoring.
Workshop with Vince Jones
612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award Winner Krysten Haynes with VJF Artistic Director Andrew Shaw.
612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award Winner Krysten Haynes with VJF Artistic Director Andrew Shaw and Finalists Alan Western, Lauren Lucille.
2007 612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocalist Award
Winner - Renae Suttie
2007 Winner Renae Suttie (pictured with Vince Jones patron) was thrilled with the award, "This is an absolute honour and a surprise," Renae enthused. "Once I saw some familiar faces among the singers, I thought the competition was pretty steep, so this has just blown me away."
Mal said the judges were very impressed by Renae's entry. "The overall level of the competition was very high, but we had to make a decision, and I think we all thought there was something in Renae's singing that warranted some help and support to get her up to the next level and that's what this award's all about - to assist a young singer, and I'm sure we're going to hear some great things from her." Read More on ABC Brisbane..
Renae Suttie will be performing her band the swing collective at this years Valley Jazz Festival 12-17 May 2009 as part of her 2007 prize.
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