Celebrated WAC alumni, Zoe Rahman was presented with the Best Jazz award at Saturday night’s MOBO award ceremony following her nomination and a public vote. Ms Rahman was at the Liverpool Echo Arena to receive her award personally and was delighted at the recognition. She received the award from artists Delilah and YolanDa Brown in a varied and hotly contested category which also included cellist and singer, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, sax/guitar/drum band, Roller Trio, guitarist Femi Temowo and vocalist Zara Mc Farlane.
Ms Rahman dedicated her award to her dad who passed away earlier this year and to everyone who voted for the jazz category. The Best Jazz award has recently been reinstated after being briefly and controversially taken off the award list by the MOBOs.
One of the brightest stars of the contemporary jazz scene, Zoe Rahman is widely celebrated as a vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer. Her style is deeply rooted in jazz and also reflects her classical background, British Bengali heritage and very broad musical taste.
‘A talented and strong woman succeeding in what is still mostly a man’s world, Zoe is an inspiration to the many musicians who continue to study Jazz music at WAC. Congratulations from everyone here!’
WAC director, Celia Greenwood