Voting is now open for the 2023 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Press Release

Voting is now open for the 2023 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline set for midnight on Friday 28th April 2023. The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.

There is a new award category this year: The PizzaExpress Live Jazz Photographer of the Year Award

“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who keep jazz flourishing, in spite of the challenges they faced in the last couple of years”.  John Spellar MP, Lord Mann, Co-chairs of APPJG, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP, Vice Chairs.

To vote please go to: Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023

Please note the criteria for the different categories:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2022 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 2022).
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 2022).
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2022).
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2022).

The PizzaExpress Live Jazz Photographer of the Year Award

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Group (APPJG), co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann.

Notes to the Editor

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Group (APPJG) currently has over 110 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 Annual General Meeting on 15th March 2023 are Co-Chairs, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Lord McNicol and Patrick Grady MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are Lord Alton and Sarah Champion MP.

The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood. The contact address is: the web address is: