I’m delighted to announce that I am the 5th winner of the Kenny Wheeler Prize, awarded by the Royal Academy of Music and Edition Records. As a result, Edition will release my debut album which will feature my ensemble Mosaic.

Evan Parker, one of the judges alongside head of jazz at the Academy Nick Smart and Edition Records boss Dave Stapleton, said: ‘This year has special significance, being the first since dear Kenny’s passing last September. The standard was as high as ever, but we were pleased to reach agreement that the scope and ambition of Ralph’s music was the one. The range of colours that he achieved with just a sextet demonstrated his clear understanding of instrumentation and band-leading. Ralph has an outstanding ensemble here and the scope of his musical vision was impressively clear for such a young musician. It will be exciting to see where this leads.’

More news to follow. The full press release is on the Edition website: http://editionrecords.com/the-kenny-wheeler-jazz-prize-2015-winner-ralph-wyld/