Watch his 2014 talk: "Searching saxophone"
Jess Gillam is a charming 15-year-old saxophonist from Cumbria and was named one of the shortlisted musicians in the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. She was awarded a scholarship from Award for Young Musicians, a London music charity, as ‘the best young musician in the North West’. Jess uses this support to allow her participation in the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (JRNCM), where she studies saxophone and piano.
Jess runs her own concert series in Ulverston where the line-up this year includes Snake Davis – the most prolific session saxophonist of the last 25 years – and Courtney Pine – Britain’s most famous saxophone player. She is also set to play with music legend Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra this summer in Carlisle.
Jess became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa saxophones when she was aged 13.