We are very proud to announce this years winner of the Humph Award is Scott Chapman. Scott is a drummer and percussionist from London currently in his third year of study at the Royal Academy of Music. His musical grounding came primarily from playing in church, though his first experience of playing jazz was from sitting in on big band rehearsals. Before long he began attending rehearsals with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, with whom he has held the drum ‘chair’ since the age of 16. After taking lessons with Clark Tracey in his final two years of school he went on to study jazz at the Academy, where he is currently receiving tuition from Martin France, Jeff Williams and Ian Thomas.
Scott has performed extensively around London including the Royal Albert Hall – where he played in a broadcasted performance as part of the BBC Proms with NYJO, featuring Tim Garland. Scott is an active composer and arranger and plans to form his own band in the near future as a primary outlet for this.
Sam Watts is a pianist currently studying for his MA in jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at Leeds College of Music with 1st class honours. He has performed professionally with many celebrated jazz musicians, most recently with Iain Ballamy and Abram Wilson. He has also studied with many of the best musicians and educators in the UK, including Liam Noble, Nikki Iles, Pete Churchill, Nick Smart, Mark Donlon, and Gwilym Simcock. He currently has his own trio and larger ensemble, playing his own compositions, influenced by traditional jazz and also brazilian music and classical music. He is also actively involved in many other creative projects with other musicians. These include the band Eh Joe (a vocal quartet playing jazz, tango, portuguese music and free improvisations, who have recently released an album on the F-IRE label) and also the Mike Fletcher Quartet, with whom a recording is planned with saxophonist Bobby Wellins. He takes his influences from a broad range of sources, from Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and Art Tatum to Tom Waits, Astor Piazzolla, Bill Frisell, and Morton Feldman.
Whilst studying Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music, Nadim has performed with such musicians as Iain Ballamy, Julian Arguelles, Gerard Presencer, Peter Erskine, Henry Lowther and many other exceptional artists on the British Jazz Scene. Nadim began playing the tenor saxophone at the age of 12 and progressed quickly within a year as he discovered a keen passion for Music. He joined the ‘Doncaster Youth Jazz Association’ at age of 13 and ascending rapidly to the most senior award-winning ‘Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra’, directed by John Ellis, MBE and wasn’t long before his name was emerging in the London Jazz Scene.
As well as being a member of the ‘National Youth Jazz Orchestra’, Nadim’s current projects include ‘The Nadim Teimoori Quintet’ featuring recent graduates from the Royal Academy of Music. This group has performed in many prominent venues around London including: ‘The 606 Jazz Club’, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club’, The Forge’ and ‘the North London Tavern’. The more recent of Nadim’s projects include an ensemble of some of the most in-demand musicians on the London Jazz Scene including the likes of James Maddren on Drums and Kwabena Adjepong on vocals. This band also promotes the roots and principles of his religion ‘The Baha’i fath’ which has become a big part of his music. Having just won ‘The Humphrey Lyttelton Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award’ and a chance to perform again at The Ronnie Scott’s under his own name, Nadim plans to continue moving forward in his career and share his music with as many people as possible.
Watch Nadim play with Stan Tracy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAgkopTiUyI
Tom was the first winner of the Humph Award and played the opening number, Horace Silver’s ‘Song for My Father’ at the celebration concert held at the London Apollo in April 2010 to launch The Humph Trust.