Thu 8 Dec 2016

PBS 106.7FM, in conjunction with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, once again recognises a significant mid-career jazz musician with the prestigious PBS Young Elder of Jazz Award. Now in its sixth year the PBS Young Elder of Jazz initiative provides $10,000 to commission a brand new work of contemporary composition to be presented at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

PBS is delighted to announce that pianist, vocalist and composer Hue Blanes has been selected as the recipient of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Award for 2017.

Blanes has worked with many leading Australian musicians, has featured in numerous festivals and has contributed music to a number of Australian films and television drama series.

At the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival Hue will present the premiere performance of ‘Things That Have Been Said’, an instrumental work that uses famous, and infamous quotes from history as the source material for a suite of new works. The work will be performed by a quartet that brings together musicians with backgrounds in both jazz and classical music.

“I have seen many friends and colleagues win this great PBS award and I'm thrilled to be a part of next year's Melbourne International Jazz Festival.”

Previous winners of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz have included Tamara Murphy, Tim Willis, Tilman Robinson, Gian Slater and Joe O’Connor. The award continues to reflect the diversity and quality of contemporary jazz music in Melbourne, and PBS is delighted that Hue Blanes will now join this list of exceptional artists.

The PBS Young Elder of Jazz is supported through the generosity of Mark Newman.