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
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
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
ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet
Beats and Pieces Big Band
Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Jazz Venue of the Year
Jazz At The Lescar
South Coast Jazz Festival
Jazz Media Award
Kevin Le Gendre
Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here
Jazz Education Award
Services to Jazz Award
Blow The Fuse – Alison Rayner and Deirdre Cartwright
Jill Rodger – Glasgow Jazz Festival
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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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/