All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020 – Nominations Announced

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020

Nominations Announced

The nominations have today been announced for the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, will be announced Tuesday 30th June 2020. The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.

The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award.

Following the online public vote for the Awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel, who represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion and knowledge of jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will be announced at  on Tuesday 30th June 2020.

John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honours the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted work with and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year

Georgia Mancio

Cherise Adams-Burnett

Lianne Carroll

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Sarah Tandy

Rob Luft

Liam Noble

Nubya Garcia

Jazz Album of the Year

Seed Ensemble ‘Driftglass’

Yazz Ahmed ‘Polyhymnia’

‘Finding Home’ – Kate Williams Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio

Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Byron Wallen’s ‘Four Corners’

Seed Ensemble

Dave/O’Higgins/Rob Luft Quartet

Nikki Iles Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year

Luca Manning

Rosina Bullen

Alexandra Ridout

Bonsai

Jazz Venue of the Year

Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

PizzaExpress Jazz Club

606 Club

Jazz Media Award

Jazzwise Magazine

Corey Mwamba “Freeness”

London Jazz News

Jazz Views

Jazz Education Award

UK Summer School

Jon Eno

Nick Smart

Services to Jazz Award

Steve Rubie

Blow The Fuse

Mike Westbrook

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For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins

Tel: 0208 840 4643

Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

Notes to editors

The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom. The awards have been running since 2005.

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. The Group’s officers as at the inaugural meeting on 26th February are  Co-Chairs, John Spellar  MP and Lord Mann, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP and the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe and Baroness Healy.

The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Will Riley-Smith and Louis Flood. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com the web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Recipients Announced for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019

RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARDS

The recipients of the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced last night on Tuesday 3rd December. The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), were presented at the PizzaExpress Live in Holborn.

Featuring a broad array of jazz talent from within the industry, the awards are sponsored by PizzaExpress Live. During the ceremony, award presenters comprised of British politicians and home-grown UK jazz talent including Co-Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, Kelvin Hopkins and Lord Colwyn, Jon Newey, Editor in Chief of Jazzwise, Deirdre Cartwright, Danielle White, Raestar Promotions, Steve Crocker – Chair of Jazz Leeds and  Northern Jazz Promoters, (NORVOL), Simon Cooke, Managing Director of Ronnie Scott’s, Gary Crosby OBE,Tina May, Kevin LeGendre and Baroness Coussins.

Compére for the evening was Ross Dines of PizzaExpress Live, “This has been a really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved recipients are a veritable who’s who of names that have made a real impact on the music and helped make the UK one of the world’s leading jazz territories”.  A big hand to the Parliamentary Band on the evening; Max Brittain, Alison Rayner, Henry Lowther, Diane McLoughlin and Cheryl Alleyne.

The full list of recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Zoe Gilby

Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a stunning impression on the music scene today.

Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion. Her music reaches covers a wide range of more contemporary material from Pink Floyd to Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell.

Touring the UK and internationally, she continues to perform at prominent jazz festivals and venues

showcasing her original material; Koktebel International Jazz Festival, at Kiev and Odessa, Changsa International Jazz and Blues Festival, China. Pakkasukko Jazz Festival, Finland. Jazz Au Chellah Rabat, Morocco. Jazz in July, Crete to name a few

Sage Gateshead invited Zoe to be the featured soprano soloist for the spiritual work of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert. The Zoe Gilby Quartet has been performing rural tours facilitated by National Rural Touring and her quartet was selected for Jazz North’s Northern Line Scheme, her album Twelve Stories” was released to critical acclaim.

http://www.zoegilby.co.uk/music/

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Josephine Davies

Josephine Davies is a solo artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene, pushing the boundaries of jazz with her current main artistic project Satori – a sax/bass/drums trio with an emphasis on extended and collaborative improvisation. It is a project that combines her seeking of freedom of expression with her interest in Japanese philosophy and lifestyle.

Originally from the Shetland Islands and now based in London, UK, Josephine’s writing and playing continues to be infused with a Nordic quality, notably in her use of traditional folk music elements, and her haunting tone reminiscent of the late great tenorist Bobby Wellins.

As a saxophonist she is known for her melodic focus, versatility and unique style which has been described as “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise Magazine), “strong and authoritative” (The JazzMann) and “gifted and imaginative” (All About Jazz).

Deeply influenced by the American composer Maria Schneider, Josephine has been resident composer and tenor player for the London Jazz Orchestra since 2011 and is now embarking on a big band project of her own.

In 2016 Josephine was privileged to be a featured soloist on veteran saxophonist and composer Pete Hurt’s jazz orchestra recording A New Start, which was released to wide acclaim and came second in the British Jazz Awards Best New Album.

https://www.josephinedavies.co.uk

Jazz Album of the Year: Fergus McCreadie – “Turas”

Winning Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards aged only 20; Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting artists. His compositions for his trio feature Jazz and Scottish Traditional music in equal measures, creating a fusion that is warm and appealing, yet also fresh and exciting. His debut album ‘Turas,’ was described as “Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” in a 5-star review by the Scotsman. He has played at the Oslo Jazz Festival, JazzKaar in Estonia, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and has been featured alongside artists such as Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern and Iain Ballamy. 

Website  http://www.fergusmccreadie.co.uk/

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective

London five-piece Ezra Collective is proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst simultaneously carving a path solely their own. Ezra Collective marries the delicate technicalities of jazz musicianship with afrobeat and hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London. Following a joyous and stunningly cohesive show in May 2016, Boiler Room rightly labelled the group as “pioneering the new-wave of U.K. jazz”.

Ezra Collective is adding their own fresh and imaginative face to a style that continues to be “as entertaining as it is educational” (Trench). In a year that saw them sell out legendary London venue Ronnie Scott’s not once but twice, 2017 also bought with it the release of their genre-bending second EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher. After Ezra Collective took the EP on a successful tour across the UK and Europe winning the accolade of Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Worldwide Awards in January 2018. The band won the 2018 Jazz FM Awards for “Best UK Jazz Act” and “Live Experience of the Year”, and in April 2019 the band released “You Can’t Steal My Joy”, which is an exuberant, defiant debut album that’s destined to cement Ezra Collective’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting groups. The Ezra Collective has just started a 12 date tour of the USA and Canada.

Ezra Collective is: Femi Koleoso – Drums, TJ Koleoso – Bass, Joe Armon Jones – Keys, Dylan Jones – Trumpet, James Mollison – Saxophone.

http://ezracollective.com

Jazz Newcomer of the Year:

Handsworth-born Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham. Having first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music School, he’s now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists. In October 2018, he won the BBC Young Jazz Musician competition following a critically acclaimed performance in the Final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the BFI London Jazz Festival.

Xhosa’s earliest memories of the arts are with ACE Youth Dance group. However, since playing in Holyhead School’s Jazz band with Ray Prince and Sid Peacock he decided to pursue music and joined the Jazzlines Ensemble, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, Midland youth Jazz Orchestra among others. While studying at Bishop Vesey’s Sixth Form Xhosa attended courses with the National Youth Jazz Collective and National Youth Wind Orchestra.

Xhosa continually pushes his playing while studying with teachers and mentors including Mike Williams, Jim Bashford and David Austin-Grey; Performing regularly around Birmingham; Writing for commissions by the Ideas of Noise Festival and Bobbie-Jane Gardener’s ‘For-Wards’ and teaching Birmingham’s next generation of talent alongside his former teacher Toni Grehan

https://ycat.co.uk/artist/xhosa-cole/

Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz, Dorking

Watermill Jazz have been presenting the best of jazz in the heart of Surrey for 25 years  Its team of four volunteer activists share the planning, marketing and management of each event to make it a pleasurable and fulfilling experience for performers and audience alike.

Watermill Jazz was founded in March 1994. Weekly concerts are held every Tuesday evening except in December – an ambitious programme which they justify financially by attracting consistently good attendances and presenting a mix of established jazz artists and newcomers, some large-scale events and the occasional visiting artist from overseas

Originally based at the Watermill restaurant in Reigate Road, Watermill Jazz relocated to the Sports and Social Club of Aviva in Pixham Lane, Dorking in October 2001. It is moved to a new home at a nearby golf club in May 2016, opening with concerts by Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood, then Darius Brubeck.

http://www.watermilljazz.co.uk/

Jazz Media Award: Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

Ian Mann runs a blog called the Jazz Mann. Living in a remote area like Herefordshire means that over the years he has put in thousands of miles travelling to gigs, both home and abroad. The Brecon and Cheltenham festivals have been staples of his musical calendar since their inception, joined in recent years by the Lichfield Real Ale Jazz and Blues Festival.

Ian Mann explains: “As a fan it’s taken a lot of dedication but I’ve been lucky enough to see many of the jazz legends over the years. This music has been a voyage of discovery and I’m still learning about it

Jazz is an ever-evolving music and I think it’s great that after listening to it for all this time the emergence of exciting young musicians still gives me a thrill. I think we have some fantastically talented players in this country, right across the generations but sadly many of them are deeply undervalued.

If my work on this site helps in any way to gain greater recognition for new musicians I will be more than satisfied.

They say that in jazz you need to find your own voice. With this website I hope that I’ve found it”.

http://www.thejazzmann.com

Jazz Education Award: Nikki Iles

Nikki Iles

As a founder member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra in the early 90s, Nikki Iles came to prominence working with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mark Anthony Turnage, Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs. Mike subsequently booked her for one of her first recording dates with great American musicians, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses on the CD “By The Way” on AH HUM records.

For many years, Nikki served an apprenticeship in the North of England playing with the cream of British and American jazz such as Peter King, Iain Ballamy, Art Farmer, Scott Hamilton, Tim Garland and Jim Mullen. Many of these relationships were rekindled later when Nikki made the move to London in 1998. Here she joined the groups and toured and recorded with innovative musicians such as Steve Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, Mick Hutton and Tina May. Several awards followed with the BT British Jazz Award and an IAJE Award in America for services to Jazz.

Although well known as a pianist, composition still remains a major part of her musical life. There have been several nominations for the Paul Hamlyn Award and many commissions have followed. The breadth of Nikki’s artistic vision has led her to disregard the arbitrary boundaries of the jazz scene and most notably, commissions have included “In All My Holy Mountain” with poet Roger Garfitt and the New Perspectives Ensemble. A collaboration with American dancer Mimi Cichanowicz (2004) “Distance No Object” (2004) -IOU Theatre company, “A Gentle Prayer “ – London Sinfonietta , “Red Ellen” – Tim Garlands Underground Band and “Carillion – Renga (Contemporary group from the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2010). Finally Nikki was honoured to have her piece commissioned by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra featured at the 2012 Proms (broadcast Radio 3 and BBC TV).

As a player she remains much in demand. She was nominated in the piano category of the 2012 and 2013 British Jazz Awards. Recent work has taken her across the world as a member of the inspirational Julian Arguelles Octet. Also with, Joe Locke, The Kenny Wheeler Big Band, The Stan Sulzmann Quartet, Tony Coe, The Anglo/Canadian group with Martin Speake, Christine Jenson and vocal legend Norma Winstone. She has made many recordings and most recently, a trio CD “Hush“ in New York with Americans, Rufus Reid and Jeff Williams. “Mirror” with Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, Stardust with Stan Sulzmann and finally her own group, The Printmakers “Westerly”. With a parallel career as a widely respected teacher, Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University. She also gives master classes around the world. She has been a driving force behind the Jazz syllabus at the ABRSM and continues to publish extensively with Oxford University Press.

http://nikkiiles.co.uk/

Services to Jazz Award: Dame Cleo Laine

Born in a London suburb, Cleo showed early singing talent, which was nurtured by her Jamaican father and English mother. She auditioned successfully for a band led by musician John Dankworth, under whose banner she performed until 1958, in which year the two were married. Then began an illustrious career as a singer and actress.

In 1958 she played the lead in a new play at London’s famous Royal Court Theatre. This led to other stage performances such as the musical Valmouth in 1959, the play A Time to Laugh (with Robert Morley and Ruth Gordon) in 1962, and eventually to her show-stopping Julie in the production of Showboat at the Adelphi Theatre in 1971. During this period she had two spectacular recording successes. “You’ll Answer to Me” reached the British Top Ten. In 1964 her “Shakespeare and All that Jazz” album received widespread critical acclaim

1972 marked the start of Cleo’s international activities, with a triumphant first tour of Australia. Shortly afterwards, her career in the United States was launched with a concert at New York’s Lincoln Center, followed in 1973 by the first of many Carnegie Hall appearances. Coast-to-coast tours of the U.S. and Canada soon followed, and with them a succession of record albums and television appearances. This led, to Cleo’s first Grammy award, in recognition of the live recording of her 1983 Carnegie concert.

Other important recordings during that time were duet albums with Ray Charles (“Porgy and Bess”) and Mel Tormé, as well as Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” which won Cleo a classical Grammy nomination.

Cleo’s relationship with the musical theatre, started in Britain, continued in the United States with starring performances in “A Little Night Music” and “The Merry Widow” (Michigan Opera). In 1985 she originated the role of Princess Puffer in the Broadway hit musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, for which she received a Tony nomination, and in 1989 she received the Los Angeles critics’ acclaim for her portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. Los Angeles was also the scene of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Cleo by the US recording industry (1991).

In 1979 Cleo received an OBE and in 1997 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees in the USA and UK. In 1998 the Worshipful Company of Musicians awarded her their Silver Medal for a Lifetime Contribution to British Jazz, and the British Jazz Awards have recognised her a number of times, including with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. In March 2010, Laine and Dankworth’s final musical collaboration was released on CD and for download – Jazz Matters. The recording featured the Dankworth Big Band playing new compositions written by Dankworth for the couple’s performance at the 2007 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2018 Dame Cleo Laine received the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jazz FM Awards.

Special APPJAG Award: Henry Lowther

Henry Lowther was born in Leicester, England, in 1941. As a child Henry learned cornet from his father and took private violin lessons before going on to study with Manoug Parakian at the Royal Academy of Music.

In the sixties Henry was one of the first musicians on the British jazz scene to experiment with total free improvisation and also at this time began a musical relationship with Sir John Dankworth which lasted till the composer’s death in 2010. In 1967 he played on the now legendary Kenny Wheeler album, “Windmill Tilter”.

In 1969 Henry appeared at the famous Woodstock festival with the Keef Hartley band.

Over the years Henry has worked in all areas of the British jazz scene and is one of only two or three trumpet players to have played lead trumpet for both Gil Evans and George Russell. He has also worked extensively as a studio and classical musician.

Currently Henry composes and plays in the London Jazz Orchestra, leads his own band Still Waters, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

The new album from Henry Lowther’s Still Waters, “Can’t Believe, Won’t Believe” was released in February 2018.The band was born out a long association and friendship, going back forty years, between Henry and bassist Dave Green. As a result Still Waters is now one of the most accomplished tightly ensembled and creative bands around. Although a classic quintet of two front line and rhythm, Still Waters plays radical and original music, ranging from gentle, quietly pastoral and melodic music, reflecting the band’s name, through to dynamic, free improvisation.

“Meltingly attractive solos, startling originality.” Chris Parker, Vortex
review.

henrylowther@live.co.uk

Kelvin Hopkins, APPJAG Co-Chairman, said: “The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a great way for MPs and Peers of all political parties to show their support for British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in our country. From established stars to fresh new talent, the range and diversity of this year’s winners shows the vibrancy and creativity of British jazz. We are extremely grateful once again to PizzaEpress Live for supporting the Awards.”

APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.  The Group’s officers as at the 1st November 2019 were Co-Chairs, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins.

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For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins

Tel: 0208 840 4643

Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

Notes to editors

The categories for the 2019 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2018 by a UK band or musicians)
    •    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2018)
    •    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2018)
    •    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2018)
    •    Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
    •    Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
    •    Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
    •    Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2018)
    •    Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).The awards have been running since 2005. APPJAG has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.

 

 

2019 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

2019 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations have today been announced for the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live.

The nominees include a broad array of jazz talent from the UK jazz scene.

The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award.

Following the online public vote for the Awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel, who represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion and knowledge of jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will be announced at the awards ceremony at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn, London on Tuesday 3rd  December 2019.

Kelvin Hopkins MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honours the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to host another ceremony at Pizza Express Live and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year

Claire Martin

Georgia Mancio

Cherise Adams-Burnett

Zoe Gilby

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Brian Kellock

Nikki Iles

Jason Rebello

Josephine Davies

Jazz Album of the Year

Sons Of Kemet  – “Your Queen Is A Reptile”

Adrian Cox – “Profoundly Blue”

Fergus McCreadie – “Turas”

Jean Toussaint – “Brother Raymond”

Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Ezra Collective

London Vocal Project

Gareth Lockrane Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year

Xhosa Cole

Fergus McCreadie

Luca Manning

Jazz Venue of the Year

Marsden Jazz Festival

Bebop Club, Bristol

Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking

Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton

Jazz Media Award

Jazzwise Magazine

Kevin Le Gendre

Ian Mann – Jazzmann

Jazz Education Award

Pete Churchill

Jamil Sheriff

Nikki Iles

Services to Jazz Award

Henry Lowther

John Fordham

Dame Cleo Laine

APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.  The Group’s officers as at the 24th July 2019 are Co-Chairs, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins.

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For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins

Tel: 0208 840 4643

Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

 Notes to editors

The categories for the 2019 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2018 by a UK band or musicians)
    •    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2018)
    •    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2018)
    •    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2018)
    •    Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
    •    Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
    •    Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
    •    Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2018)
    •    Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).The awards have been running since 2005. APPJAG has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament. Further details are available at: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

 

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019

Press Release

Voting is now open for the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn, London on Tuesday 3rd December 2019. Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline for entries set for midnight on Friday 31st May 2019. Voting is now closed.

To vote please go to: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/parliamentary-jazz-awards

Please note the criteria for the different categories:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2018 by a UK band or musicians)

Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2018)

Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)

Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)

Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)

Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2018)

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2018)

Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2018)

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co- chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by PizzaExpress Live

Notes to the Editor

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. The Group’s officers as at the 16th July 2018 are Co-Chairs, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com The web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.

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Recipients announced for the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Recipients announced for the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The recipients of the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced last night on Tuesday 16th May. The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live.

Featuring a broad array of jazz talent from within the industry, the awards are sponsored by PizzaExpress Live. During the ceremony, award presenters comprised of British politicians and home-grown UK jazz talent including Co-Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn; Elaine Delmar, Jon Newey, Editor in Chief of Jazzwise, Deirdre Cartwright, Sarah Champion MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Ian Shaw, John Fordham, Baroness Coussins and Saad Gantar (Regional Operations Director Pizza Express).

Compére for the evening was Ross Dines of PizzaExpress Live, “This has been a really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved recipients are a veritable who’s who of names that have made a real impact on the music and helped make the UK one of the world’s leading jazz territories”.  A big hand to the Parliamentary Band on the evening; Max Brittain, Alison Rayner, Henry Lowther, Fraser Smith and Sophie Alloway.

The full list of recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw is one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced. His recorded output, now numbering 15 albums to his own name, includes three US releases; his most recent album, “Shine Sister Shine” (Jazz Village) has received universal praise, building on the success of “The Theory Of Joy”, also on Jazz Village.

Alongside solo shows and performances with his regular piano trio, Shaw is also much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and internationally. He is also a talented pianist, song writer, presenter and record producer.

“The work of an impassioned and versatile artist…” (Guardian on “Shine Sister Shine”)

 “A brilliant vocal chameleon . . . there’s actually more heart in Ian Shaw’s cleverness than in many singers who wear their hearts conspicuously on their sleeves” (The Telegraph on “The Theory Of Joy”)

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Arun Ghosh

 Arun Ghosh is a clarinetist, composer and music educator.

Described by Ravi Shankar as a ‘natural born improviser’, he is a renowned innovator of the modern Indo Jazz style. A passionate, dynamic and eloquent performer, Arun’s playing combines South Asian raags (scales) and taals (rhythms), with the musical inspirations of his British-Asian and northern upbringing; jazz, rock, classical, folk, hip-hop and dance cultures. Based in London and Manchester, Arun has released four albums on Camoci Records; his latest, the autobiographical “but where are you really from?” was released in October 2017, accompanied by an extensive national tour in 2017/18.

Jazz Album of the Year: Denys Baptiste – “The Late Trane”

 The Late Trane is the powerful and commanding new album from British saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a giant of the UK jazz scene. Reimagining and reworking ten carefully chosen composition from John Coltrane’s late music (from 1963 – 1967) with a fresh and modern new interpretation, The Late Trane perfectly balances Denys Baptiste’s unique artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompasses Coltrane’s late music.

“With Late Trane, Denys Baptiste has achieved something special and important. He has opened another rare window onto one of the greatest moments in jazz history. He’s made a beautiful and welcoming record that I’m sure will guide others towards those late 60s Impulse masterworks.

Denys has once again taken his time. But it’s been worth the wait”. Jez Nelson

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet

Alison Rayner formed ARQ after 35 years as a professional bass player, to develop her compositions and create a group sound.

She recorded her first album in 2013 when she was 60; ARQ is now acclaimed on the UK jazz scene following major touring for five years and fantastic reviews for their two albums. They toured Germany this autumn and release their third album next year.

It is still unusual in instrumental jazz groups to see a balance of men and women playing together; women can still be side-lined and older women, in particular, are often marginalised. Great to see a refreshing change with ARQ.

Alison Rayner has just been nominated in Best Double Bass Player category of the British Jazz Awards 2018.

ARQ is: Alison Rayner double bass, Buster Birch drums and percussion, Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Diane McLoughlin saxophones, Steve Lodder piano

 Purposeful, full-toned and melodic… a beautifully integrated band ****

Dave Gelly, The Observer

 Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures.  *****

Roger Thomas, BBC Music Magazine

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Shirley Tetteh

 Having discovered jazz with the help Tomorrow’s Warriors, Shirley Tetteh has continued to explore its rich heritage and tradition, citing influences as diverse as contemporary guitarists Gilad Hekselman and Julian Lage right through to jazz guitar pioneers Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery. Shirley has performed with the likes of alto saxophonists Nathaniel Facey and Jason Yarde, clarinetist Arun Ghosh, vibraphonist Lewis Wright, and toured with Courtney Pine as part of the fourth Jazz Directors series earlier this year. She is a member of the Jazz FM nominated septet Nerija, Brownswood affiliated Maisha and Casssie Kinoshi’s SEED ensemble, and currently holds the guitar chair in Jazz Jamaica. A rising star in the UK jazz scene, Shirley is one to watch!’’

 Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz At The Lescar in Sheffield

 Every week since January 2013, over 50 nights a year, Jazz At The Lescar have brought together musicians and audiences in a welcoming, friendly, and listening environment that allows artists to express themselves freely, and provides the opportunity for audiences to experience something out of the ordinary in the backroom of a pub in Sheffield, and occasionally at other ‘pop-up’ venues.

They are a small group of volunteers, mostly musicians from the Sheffield Jazz scene, focused on providing a platform for the very best musicians from around the North, the UK, and further afield. Our programming covers the full spectrum of music encompassed by jazz and improvised music, from the mainstream to the experimental, and its many varied intersections with other musical forms; always with an eye on quality.

They are non-profit, and all money taken at the box, apart from a small contribution to cover marketing, goes to the musicians. The core team are Jez Matthews, Hannah Brady, Rich Keates, and Helen Matthews, supported by an amazing bunch of people (including students from Sheffield University) who provide assistance on the nights, help with publicity, run the website, give us advice, and sell tickets. They couldn’t do it without the creative freedom offered by the team at the Lescar itself to promote the full wide range of music every week, and of course it wouldn’t happen at all without the incredible musicians and audiences who all bring their warmth, vibe and energy to make the magic happen, not least the pin-drop silence that happens for a bass solo or the whisper of a cymbal.

Jazz Media Award: Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here

Lance Liddle is a retired saxophonist based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Lance played along played alongside Sting in the Newcastle Big Band in the 1970s

Lance Liddle has been a jazz fan and student of the music since he was 15 years of age attending concerts, festivals, and clubs and, of course, buying and, later, reviewing CDs on Bebop Spoken Here.

Lance Liddle started Bebop Spoken in 2008 with the sole purpose of “Updating the world about jazz in the northeast and updating the northeast about jazz in the world”; all done in a light-hearted manner and the Bebop Spoken Here is updated daily.

The Bebop Spoken Here team covers all genres and reviews most northeast gigs. The blog has 3.5 million page views and is ranked at number 3 in UK and number 26 in the world.

www.lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.com

Jazz Education Award: Jean Toussaint

Born in the Caribbean, Toussaint grew up in St Thomas, the St Thomas of Rollins, and started playing sax in high school. After high school Toussaint attended the prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston USA.

While at Berklee, Toussaint was mentored by the great saxophonist/educator Billy Pierce. It was Pierce who recommended Toussaint to replace him in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. He stayed with the Messages for four and a half years, receiving international exposure.

Toussaint finally settled in London UK in the late eighties and has been a positive presence on the rich UK/European jazz scene since. He splits his time with live performances at festivals, clubs, concert halls everywhere and teaching and mentoring up and coming musicians in an effort to help keep jazz music alive.

His newly released 11th CD JT Allstar 6tet “Brother Raymond “is available and received glowing reviews in all the Jazz press. Toussaint and band will be on an extensive UK tour between September and December 2018

Services to Jazz Award: Jill Rodger

 Jill joined Glasgow International Jazz Festival as Administrator at the beginning of 1990 – in the lead up to the Festival’s part in “Glasgow – European City of Culture”.

After 5 years in administration at a Scotch Whisky distillers this was a “baptism of fire” into the world of music events – and jazz in particular – Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Maynard Ferguson and many, many more.

With promotion to General Manager in 1998 and then Festival Director in 2005 she has been at the helm of Glasgow’s longest running music festival for almost 15 years.

 Special APPJAG Award: Gary Crosby OBE

Born in London of Jamaican parents, and the nephew of Jamaican jazz guitarist, Ernest Ranglin, Gary Crosby OBE is a towering figure in jazz who has been consistently at the forefront of the British jazz scene throughout a career that so far spans 40 years. In 1991 he co-founded Tomorrow’s Warriors with his partner, Janine Irons MBE to provide a platform for the nurture and development of aspiring young jazz talent, with a particular focus on musicians from the African diaspora and girls. Crosby’s exemplary efforts have been acknowledged with numerous awards, including an OBE for Services to Music in 2009.

Kelvin Hopkins MP, APPJAG Co-Chairman, said: “The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a great way for MPs and Peers of all political parties to show their support for British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in our country. From established stars to fresh new talent, the range and diversity of this year’s winners shows the vibrancy and creativity of British jazz. We are extremely grateful once again to PizzaEpress Live for supporting the Awards.”

 APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.  The Group’s officers as at the 16th July 2018 are Co-Chairs, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins.

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For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins

Tel: 0208 840 4643

Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

 Notes to editors

The categories for the 2018 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2017 by a UK band or musicians)
    •    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2017)
    •    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2017)
    •    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2017)
    •    Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
    •    Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
    •    Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
    •    Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2017)
    •    Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).The awards have been running since 2005. APPJAG has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

2018 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

 The nominations have today been announced for the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Britain’s premier awards for the jazz loving public and fans of the music from both Houses of Parliament.

The nominees include a broad array of jazz talent from the UK jazz scene.

Supported by PizzaExpress Live  the award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award.

Following the online public vote for the Awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel, who represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion and knowledge of jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will be announced at the awards ceremony at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn, London on Tuesday 16th October.

 Kelvin Hopkins MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 14th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honours the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to host another ceremony at Pizza Express Live and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event and for Peroni for sponsoring the event.”

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year

Liane Carroll

Georgia Mancio

Zara McFarlane

Ian Shaw

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Rob Luft

Arun Ghosh

Ross Stanley

Jazz Album of the Year

Arun Ghosh – But Where Are You Really From

Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane

Gareth Lockrane Big Band – Fistfight At The Barndance

Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Ezra Collective

Dinosaur

ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet

Beats and Pieces Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year

Fergus McCreadie

Sarah Tandy

Shirley Tetteh

Jazz Venue of the Year

Jazz Re:Freshed

Jazz At The Lescar

South Coast Jazz Festival

Jazz Media Award

Richard Williams

Kevin Le Gendre

Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here

Jazz Education Award

Pete Churchill

Jean Toussaint

Nikki Iles

Services to Jazz Award

Blow The Fuse – Alison Rayner and Deirdre Cartwright

Jill Rodger – Glasgow Jazz Festival

Gary Crosby

Gill Wilde

APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.  The Group’s officers as at the 16th July 2018 are Co-Chairs, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariate  is Chris Hodgkins.

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For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins

Tel: 0208 840 4643

Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

Notes to editors

The categories for the 2018 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2017 by a UK band or musicians)
    •    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2017)
    •    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2017)
    •    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2017)
    •    Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
    •    Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
    •    Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
    •    Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2017)
    •    Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).The awards have been running since 2005. APPJAG has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament. Further details are available at: https://appjag.wordpress.com/