John Buck, Jazz Drums, BMus'18, was named the recipient of the first Lou Williamson Jazz Award yesterday in a ceremony held at the Schulich School of Music. This award was established in 2015 by Chris and Eve Millington in memory of the gifted jazz percussionist Lou Williamson . Williamson was a former McGill instructor and was also a highly respected music administrator.
The award is given to an outstanding Canadian undergraduate or graduate student registered in a Jazz program, with a preference for Jazz drum set, on the basis of high academic standing, and is accompanied by a cash prize of at least $4000 annually. The Lou Williamson Jazz Award is the largest merit-based award in jazz at the Schulich School of Music. John Buck, originally from Calgary, is a student of Chris McCann.
Pictured from left to right are Eve Millington, trustee of the Lou Williamson Scholarship Fund; John Buck, award recipient; Rémi Bolduc, Chair of the Schulich Jazz Department. Photo credit: Owen Egan.