Jazz in the North got another boost this week with the announcement that Stretch Trio have won this year’s prestigious Peter Whittingham Award.The Leeds-based trio fought off stiff competition to win the £4,000 award which is given to a musician or group who present a project which showcases innovation, creativity and ambition.
“We are thrilled to have been offered the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2014. It comes at a crucial moment in our career and will enable us to develop the band in a way that would not otherwise have been possible”.
Stretch Trio join an impressive list of groups and musicians that have previously won the award including Soweto Kinch, Led Bib, Roller Trio and Phil Meadows.
Earlier this year The Stretch Trio were selected panel of festival promoters to be the first Jazz North Introduces band and they made high profile showcase performances at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Scarborough Jazz Festivals. In November they released their debut album, Antithesis, which is available through their Bandcamp page.