Guitarist Christopher Hale is the winner of the 2012 MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. The announcement was made on Friday night (10 August) after a concert showcasing the four finalists with their ensembles. The other finalists were Zac Hurren (saxophone), Evan Mannell (drums) and Jeremy Rose (saxophone).

Melbourne-based Hale plays bass guitar (and many other instruments) with his trio, the Christopher Hale Ensemble, as well as numerous other groups and singers. Since 2009 Hale has been the Brazilian percussion specialist for Channel 7's Dancing With The Stars. He has performed throughout Australia and across the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and the South Pacific at major festivals and events.

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