The latest ‘Yamaha New Jazz Sessions’ CD produced by Andy Ross and recorded at Astar Studios has made it onto the Xmas cover of Europe’s leading jazz magazine for the 5th successive year, taking the number of copies circulated to over 80,000. The 2012 CD will be out end November as a covermount on Jazzwise and receive its live launch at 606 Club, London on Wednesday 5th December.

To date established jazz artists to have appeared on the CD include Arun Ghosh, Gwilym Simcock, Anders Astrand, Mica Paris, YolanDa Brown, Georgina Jackson, Kit Downes, Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Ryan Quigley, Nigel Hitchcock & Liane Carroll. The CD, considered to be one of the most significant jazz releases of the year features tracks by the cream of new UK contemporary jazz talent alongside renowned jazz artists who this year comprise LED BIB, GARETH WILLIAMS POWER TRIO and EMMA SMITH. Six Yamaha Jazz Scholars are selected to appear each year by the Heads of Jazz at the UK’s leading conservatoires as part of an awards scheme supported by Yamaha, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, Jazzwise,  PPL and 606 Club. The 2012 CD is the 5th in the annual series that has showcased new British jazz talent such as Kit Downes and Calum Gourlay, Zem Audu and Josh Arcoleo. This year’s jazz scholars are Alec Harper (TS), Ben Mallinder (TS), Jonathan Davis (D), Chris Maddock (AS), Huw Williams (DB) and Matt Robinson (P). Andy Ross who produces the series was responsible for producing the Mercury nominated album ‘Golden’ by the Kit Downes Trio who he encouraged to form after Downes and drummer James Maddren guested on Calum Gourlay’s track ‘Roots’ in 2008. The album will receive its live launch at London’s famous 606 Jazz Club on Wednesday 5th December. last year’s launch to a sellout audience including Rolling Stones drummer and jazz fan, Charlie Watts was compered by award winning jazz broadcaster Helen Mayhew, a longterm supporter and fan of the CD series. The CD and Xmas double issue of Jazzwise is out end November.