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Jess Gillam

Equipment

A-WO20UL, A-992UL, T-992UL, S-991SP, S-901UL

Profile

Jess Gillam is an eighteen year old English sax player from Ulverston, Cumbria. She started playing sax at 7 years old. Jess has won many awards and scholarships locally and nationally including an ABRSM scholarship when she gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music Juniors in 2011, where she studied saxophone with Ruth Bourn and won awards for demonstrating outstanding talent.

Jess won an award as the ‘Best Young Musician in the North-West’ from Awards for Young Musicians and has performed in concerts for them from the Highlands down to London. She was awarded an ABRSM Diploma in 2012, aged 15. Jess was also awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards presented by Melvyn Bragg. Other notable performances include appearances with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and as a concerto soloist with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra (in the same series as Nicola Benedetti, Emma Johnson and Julian Bliss).

Jess has played with Snake Davis several times and was described by him as “one of the best young sax players in the UK.” She runs her own annual concert series in Ulverston where previous acts have included Snake Davis and the Suspicions, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Apollo Saxophone Quartet and Niko and the Terry Turner trio. The line-up for 2014 includes Courtney Pine and Snake Davis the Suspicions.

Jess was a woodwind category finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014 and was one of only three contestants who earned a place in the 2016 overall final. She has recently been studying with saxophonist, composer, conductor and record producer John Harle and will be taught by composer and educator Rob Buckland at the Royal Northern College of Music from September 2016.

She plays in many local and national concerts, performing a mixed classical repertoire. She is a member of the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

Jess says, ““I choose to play Yanagisawa Saxophones for their ability to produce such a warm, rounded and human sound whilst being reliable and easy to play.”

Jess plays: Yanagisawa AWO20U, A992U, T992U, S991SP and S901U.

http://www.jessgillamsax.co.uk/
Facebook: jess-gillam / Twitter: @JessGillamSax