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Friday, October 17, 2014

Beats & Pieces saxophonist Sam Healey wins International Jazz Soloist Award

(Press Release).
Efpi are proud to announce that Beats & Pieces Big Band saxophonist Sam Healey has won first prize in the Johnny Raducanu International Jazz Festival in Braila, Romania. Fourteen musicians from a wide variety of countries performed over two days, with Sam receiving the top prize of €5000 from the judging panel. The festival was established in memory of pianist Johnny Raducanu, who was born in Bralia and went on to become Romania's most famous jazz musician, performing with the likes of Art Farmer and Slide Hampton during his career.
Sam says of the experience “I'm feeling over the moon! It has been my first solo competition and so a real honour to not only win the grand prize but have the opportunity to meet like minded musicians and make connections all across Europe.” Despite his limited Romanian vocabulary (“I had no clue what was going on!”) Sam says that “it is very apparent how important music and sustaining performance are to the Romanian public.”
A key member of Efpi's flagship group Beats & Pieces Big Band and recent recruit to trumpeter Nick Walters’ Paradox Ensemble (also an Efpi act), earlier this summer Sam débuted his new quartet (featuring guitarist Stuart McCallum and drummer Luke Flowers of the Cinematic Orchestra alongside Richard Hammond on bass) at the Manchester Jazz Festival to enthusiastic reviews. He plans to use the €5000 cheque to record the quartet’s debut album, his first as bandleader.
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Photo is of Sam with his prize - nice trophy too.
Lance.

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