White Foundation World Sax Competition 2002

Soweto Kinch winner of the 2002 World Sax Competition. Montreux The entrants, who must be under 30, competed for 15 places in the semi-finals which were held over four nights during the famous jazz festival in Montreux, SwitzerlandSoweto Kinch winner of the 2002 World Sax Competition. Montreux The entrants, who must be under 30, competed for 15 places in the semi-finals which were held over four nights during the famous jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland

            

TCB recording artist Lynne Arriale played piano with a rhythm section of bass and drums for the final. Each contestant played a blues, a solo piece and a song of their choice. TCB recording artist Lynne Arriale played piano with a rhythm section of bass and drums for the final. Each contestant played a blues, a solo piece and a song of their choice. 

International Jury - Lee Koniz, David Sanbourn, Jean Toussaint, Alyn Shipton, Kirk Whalham

           

Film Makers Produce Documentary of the World Sax Competition

                          

Award winning film makers Samuel Chaland and Fabrice Arango making a documentary of the competition which will be available later in the year on DVD. 

BBC Radio 2, with its enormous British audience, featured the CD in the weekly jazz programme "Best of Jazz" hosted by Humphrey Lyttelton. Lyttelton selected the CD track Mysterioso, played by the competition winner Soweto Kinch.

Ronnie Scott's Club magazine reviewer Chris Parker wrote "All four musicians, in addition to the compulsory blues and song of their choice, had to play an unaccompanied piece, and Oehler's Three Little Words is the pick of the solo bunch: his approach, full of daring intervallic leaps and rich in textural and dynamic variety, is well suited to solo playing, and only the passionate commitment, agility and sheer imagination of Kinch could have beaten him into second place."