Congratulations to former student Deschanel Gordon, winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020!

HMDT Music and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy would like to extend huge congratulations to the recently crowned BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Deschanel Gordon! We are all so excited for you.
Deschanel was one of the first students at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, playing both Saxophone and Piano. A local Hackney boy, he was discovered first at a Julian Joseph Yamaha Masterclass event in Central London where he had been taken by his inspirational school music teacher. From here he auditioned at Ronnie Scotts for JJJA, and the rest is history!
Aside from Julian Joseph and a host of fantastic guests, at JJJA Desch had the opportunity to learn from some of the greats in the British Jazz Scene: Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen and Trevor Watkis; artists Deschanel has credited in interviews as being some of his greatest inspiration.
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