• Thomas Voss
  • Alexander Flood
  • Stacey Tonkin
  • Tyler Venter
  • Maksym Grynchuk
  • Dylan Kuerschner
  • Jack Degenhart
  • Andrew Casey

2017 Jazz Awards

10 May 2017

Graduating jazz students from The University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music have been presented with over $15,000 in awards at the Helpmann Academy’s annual Jazz Awards event. 

Eight graduating musicians were presented with awards in excess of $15,000 at Hilton Adelaide on Tuesday night when the Helpmann Academy presented A Night of Jazz with Marquis Hill to more than 300 guests. South Australia’s brightest emerging jazz musicians from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, performed alongside international jazz superstar, Marquis Hill.

The Expr3ss! Award for Best Overall Graduate, valued at $3333.33 was presented to trombonist Thomas Voss.

The Bendigo Adelaide Bank Award, valued at $2000 was presented to Top Drums Undergraduate Alexander Flood.

The Howell Ross Award, valued at $2000 was presented to Top Trumpet Undergraduate Maksym Grynchuk.

The Tommy Norman Award, valued at $2000 was presented to Top Bass Undergraduate Dylan Kuerschner.

The Rob Lyons Award, valued at $2000 was presented to Top Voice Undergraduate Stacey Tonkin.

The Keith & Susie Langley Award, valued at $2000 was presented to Top Guitar Undergraduate Tyler Venter.

The Helpmann Academy Encouragement Award, valued at $1000 was presented to Piano Undergraduate Andrew Casey.

The Southern Jazz Club Encouragement Award, valued at $1000 was presented to Saxophone Undergraduate Jack Degenhart.

The graduating musicians also participated in masterclasses and mentoring with Marquis Hill. This opportunity was part of the Helpmann Academy Cultivate Program (proudly supported by Bendigo Adelaide Bank) aiming to provide students and graduates with unique opportunities to work with a diverse range of professional artists to develop their skills and experience.

The Helpmann Academy gratefully acknowledges the 2017 Jazz Awards partners and donors, Expr3ss!, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, the Hilton Adelaide, Don Howell, Rob Lyons, The Family of Keith and Susie Langley, Kim Norman, the Southern Jazz Club and Ollie Clark, and wine partner, Grigori Family Wines.

All photos by Russell Millard.