News and Events

2016 JRMA recipient – Emma Stephenson

2016 JRMA RECIPIENT Emma Stephenson We are thrilled to announce that pianist Emma Stephenson is the 2016 recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. Emma is one of Sydney’s finest young jazz musicians. She is a founding member, composer and pianist in the...

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Jann Rutherford 50th Anniversary concert

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of New Zealand born pianist and composer Jann Rutherford, whose life was cut short by cancer back in 2003. Rutherford’s name has been brought to the music-public’s consciousness in the form of the award named after her, which was devised to assist and encourage aspiring upcoming women jazz musicians. As time passes however, it seems less people are aware of the music and story of this inspiring musician.

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Ellen Kirkwood Q&A – with John Hardaker

Prior to publishing his review of Theseus and The Minotaur (Captain Kirkwood), John Hardaker asked Ellen Kirkwood some questions about the album and here are her responses. Read the interview on...

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Jess Dunn Interview on AustralianJazz.net

The Sirens Big Band was years in the planning – Jess Dunn and Harriet Harding had been talking for a long time about starting an all-female band with a specific focus on attaching a new ethos and sound to the big band format.  The band became a reality in late 2009...

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2012 Mentorships

2012 Jann Rutherford Mentorship Awards announced. This award pairs talented Young Women Jazz instrumentalists with a mentor who can offer technical support, encouragement, inspiration and advice to these young aspiring jazz musicians. Congratulations to: Elizabeth...

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Captain Kirkwood receives her award

Ellen Kirkwood received her JRMA from Sandy Evans and Cathy Peters (ABC).
The band gave a standout performance of her original piece “Theseus & The Minotaur’.
Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet, Paul Cutlan – reeds, Tom Botting – bass, Alon Ilsar – drums, Glenn Doig – piano, Ketan Joshi – narration

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2012 Recipients debut concert

Sydney Improvised Music Association will present the JRMA recipient Ellen Kirkwood with her group on Saturday September 1 at the Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre. The Ellen Kirkwood Group features jazz musicians with an inspired mix of youth and experience in Ellen...

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Success

Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is delighted to announce that although we did not make our target at the wonderful recent fundraiser we have since secured sufficient funds for next year’s activities. This turnaround is due to the magnificent generosity of individuals...

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Fundraiser on 12 July!

Since 2005 the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award (JRMA) has been helping to redress the gender imbalance in the field of Jazz performance. This has been effected by supporting outstanding young female instrumentalists and arranging mentorships for those with potential....

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Latest Recipient of Jann Rutherford Memorial Award

We are thrilled to announce that the latest recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is Sydney bassist Hannah James. Hannah has recently relocated to Sydney after graduating from the ANU School of Music in Canberra where she was fortunate enough to receive the...

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