Saxophonists Alex Clarke and Matt Carmichael, bassist Kielan Sheard, pianist Deschanel Gordon and guitarist Ralph Porrett compete for the title of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020.
The 2020 final of BBC Young Jazz Musician comes from London’s Cadogan Hall. Hosted by saxophonist, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown and filmed in the absence of an audience, the final features five of the UK’s most promising young jazz performers: saxophonists Alex Clarke and Matt Carmichael, bassist Kielan Sheard, pianist Deschanel Gordon and guitarist Ralph Porrett.
In the final, they will be playing alongside one of the UK’s leading jazz trios - Nikki Yeoh’s Infinitum, which comprises Michael Mondesir on bass, his brother Mark Mondesir on drums and Nikki on piano. Having made it through two rounds of stiff competition, the finalists now have to impress a jury made up of some of the UK’s biggest jazz names: composer and pianist Gwilym Simcock, saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia and multi-instrumentalist bandleader Orphy Robinson. Xhosa Cole, the winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018, returns to the competition with a guest performance.