On a warm September afternoon at Trinity College Greenwich, the first Spike Robinson Scholarship award was auditioned for, voted upon and awarded to Jon Hassell, a young saxophone student who is from New Zealand. This was the first award following the very sad loss of the wonderful tenor saxophonist Spike Robinson in 2001. The award itself meant one thousand pounds towards tuition fees, plus a year’s subscription to the MU and future concerts including the Bulls Head at Barnes Tribute weekend.
In 2004 the winner was picked to attend the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado (Spike’s home town and where many of his family still live) and performed alongside such Stateside giants as Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, George Masso and Lillian Boutte.
All of this is only possible due to the Herculean efforts of Susan May-Robinson, Spike’s widow. She is fundraising all year and is dedicated to honouring Spike’s wishes that his Jazz legacy should be handed down from generation to generation.
We are delighted that the Essex Easter Jazz Course can now be a part of the Legacy, helping younger players progress in the jazz world. The impact of the support and dedication from the Foundation, particulary Susan May, cannot be over estimated and we are hugely proud of the association.
Marc and Tony.