The Unified Jazz Ensemble, a quartet that plays at 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis, has won a career enhancement award from Billboard Music, the recording and music publishing subsidiary of Billboard magazine.
The award, for best instrumental performance of an original piece, was given for "Hypothesis" by its saxophone player, Jeff Antoniuk.
The prize is $1,000 and 25 free hours of studio time at Billboard's recording facilities in Oklahoma City.
The performance of "Hypothesis" also will be included on a compact disc of winners in Billboard's annual songwriting contest. The competition is open to all genres of popular music. The CD will not be sold, but Billboard will make it available to recording studio executives and radio stations.
The other members of Unified Jazz are Mike Noonan, vibes, trombone and piano; Marty Morrison, drums; and John Pineda, bass.
They met as students at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) and moved to Annapolis after graduation because Noonan, the group's leader, is from there.
Another of 49 West's regular acts, the Rob Levit Group, has been invited to perform July 6 at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
The group played during the Texaco New York Jazz Festival at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan last week.
Pub Date: 6/14/98