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by paddonm
posted 03/03/2021

The jazz journey of Hilary Geddes- 2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship Winner

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Sydney based jazz guitarist Hilary Geddes has been announced as the recipient of the Freedman Jazz Fellowship for 2021.  The  highly prestigious Fellowship is awarded annually to musicians under 35 years old.  The intention is to give established musicians financial and other support in taking their next, significant career steps.   In 2020,  Eastside’s Mick Paddon  recorded a detailed interview with Hilary. They discussed her music and her musical education. They talked about her musical influences and the challenge in finding female role models among jazz guitarists. Hilary has previously been a recipient of the Jann Rutherford Award which is intended to give young female musicians assistance in establishing themselves .  So in the interview Hilary talked about the gender disparities in tertiary music courses, though she says things are changing. Her currently listening reflects her broad range of musical interests and influences. From the interview, Mick  put together a profile of Hilary which includes music from live performances by the Hilary Geddes Quartet recorded by Eastside’s Peter Nelson The profile first aired on 89.7fm at 13.00 on Thursday October 29th 2020 as part of Mick Paddon’s weekly show Time and Space.

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