Saxophonist, 12, wins new West Suffolk jazz competition

Saxophonist George Mooney has been crowned West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2015. ANL-150727-170143001
Saxophonist George Mooney has been crowned West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2015. ANL-150727-170143001
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A saxophonist has claimed the top prize in a new West Suffolk music competition for young jazz performers.

George Mooney, 12, was crowned West Suffolk Young Jazz Musicianof the Year 2015 at the competition’s sell-out final at the Hunter Club, in Bury St Edmunds, on July 17.

The five youthful finalists played a set to a rapt audience, backed by the Chris Ingham trio, but the alto saxophonist’s mature and stylish renditions of I Got Rhythm and KC Blues meant he come out on top.

The jazz competition’s final came just days after the West Suffolk Young Musician final took place at the Apex.

Lois Hinsley, West Suffolk Young Musician Chairman, said: “It is really encouraging and exciting to have heard such a high standard on show at two Finalists’ Concerts, the traditional one and now the new jazz competition.

“We were blown away by the audience at the Hunter Club too, where the sheer professionalism of Chris Ingham and the trio really enhanced the experience for each performer.”

British jazz legend Alan Barnes adjudicated the competition and presented George with the winner’s trophy, donated by the Suffolk Sinfonia.

John Balaam, of Balaam’s Music in Bury, donated and presented George with vouchers for £100.