The Trade and Cooperation Agreement – How to help musicians work in the EU after BREXIT

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement – How to help musicians work in the EU 

UK music industry generated £2.9 billion in exports in 2019, a 9% increase from £2.7 billion in 2018.

Most musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living. Musicians, and other creative and cultural workers, have specific needs and it is crucial that visa and customs rules post-Brexit take this into account.

An inability to maintain these exports due to restrictions on working in the EU will seriously damage Britain’s image and reputation as well. It will also lead to an increase in unemployment and reduce the sector’s contribution to the economy.

To see the full briefing paper to MPs and Peers please go to:The Trade and Cooperation Agreement How to help musicians work in the EU

To see abbreviated version please go to: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement How to help musicians work in the EU short version

Submission to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into the “Economics of music streaming” on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group.

APPJAG is submitting evidence to the inquiry to ensure that musicians and composers achieve equitable payment for their music and to ensure a level playing field through regulation will enable ethical business models to become the norm.

Summary

  1. The dominant organisations are the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. They are effectively a mass market with millions of subscribers.
  2. The payment system used on the major streaming services is the “pro rata” model. With this system, the total revenues are divided and distributed according to the share of total streams for the given payment period.
  3. For a jazz musician to earn the average household disposable income (after taxes and benefits) of £30,800 from Spotify for the financial year ending 2020, their music would have to be streamed 10.1 million times.
  4. Both jazz and classical music are disadvantaged. On a major streaming service a 10 minute long symphony movement or a 7 minute long jazz recording is paid the same amount as a 31-second instrumental hip-hop interlude.
  5. An analysis of the total of monies accruing to record labels, performers and the collecting societies from the monthly breakdown of a French streaming company; showed the record labels taking the lion’s share of 75.7%.
  6. Playlists and curators whilst appearing to provide a service to consumers are having an insidious effect on music especially with regard to non featured musicians and bands. The impact of playlists, curators and ‘play listing’ by Spotify has pretty clearly shown that whether by design or not, the big streaming platforms are creating winners and losers while they are driving what some characterize as a “revival” of the music entertainment industry.
  7. The complexities of streaming royalty calculations and the fact that streaming has resulted in the ‘unbundling’ of albums means that musicians receive a fraction of the revenue once received from physical album sales.
  8. The underlying malaise is that digital distribution has allowed a scale of mass consumption of music hitherto unknown and in the process lowered people’s expectations of the price they should pay.
  9. There is a crucial need for UK copyright protection with teeth.
  10. With copyright protection there needs to be greater transparency amongst record labels, music publishers, streaming platforms and other licensing entities so that creators can effectively use their right to audit music companies they are signed to or who administer royalties for them. Furthermore assignment of rights to a music company should have a maximum term, after which the rights should automatically return to the creator, who could decide to extend or place their rights elsewhere.
  11. Finally there needs to be a programme that educates all types of music creators regarding their rights and the operations of the music industry.
    Currently revenues are paid out under the pro rata system. A change in the way revenues are distributed to a “user-centric payment system” – or UCPS would be far more equitable. Under this model, subscriber revenues are distributed according to what the individual user has spent their time listening to.

Please see for the full report: appjag-submission-to-the-dcms-committee-inquiry-into-the-economics-of-music-streaming-15th-november-2020

Submission to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into the “The future of UK music festivals” on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

APPJAG is submitting evidence to the inquiry to ensure that UK music festivals and jazz festivals in particular are given the support and resources to enable them to survive and thrive up to and when normality is resumed.

Summary

Reference 1 – UK Music festivals generate and contribute £6 billion to the economy. Of crucial importance is music tourism contributing £4.5 billion to the economy in 2018. Jazz Festivals are an important part of the UK jazz Scene. The number of jazz festivals in the UK ranges from 91-200. Music and jazz festivals have a number of beneficial impacts that are social, political, creative and economic. The multiplier effect of festivals is such that, for example,  £1 spent at Manchester Jazz Festival will generate £6 for the local economy.

Reference 2 – Without financial support 30% of the UK festival scene will not survive into 2021. As the festival sector is a £6 billion contributor to the economy that will transform it into a £4.2 billion contributor with a corresponding impact on jobs and local economies.

Reference 3 – The Association of Independent Festivals has made a number of recommendations to the UK Government that include business support packages, VAT breaks on ticket sales for a minimum of 18 months and social distancing measures.

Reference 4 – Audiences need to be confident that they can attend a festival safely and that there are facilities or support for testing, which is achievable through rapid testing and track and trace.

Reference 5 – Detailed evidence will be provided by other organisation such as UK Music, Association of Independent Festivals and Association of Festival Organisers.

Reference 6 – More and more people are motivated by the social aspect of a live event. Another growing concern for attenders is “eco impact”. There is a growing preference for people to attend cash-free music events, digital payments could revolutionise the events industry.

Reference 7 – The Association of Independent Festivals has set up a number of initiatives to address these issues such as no single use tents, campaigns to eliminate all single use plastic by 2021, a Festival Fuel Tool – festivals organisers can now use a free online tool to check their energy performance in less than a minute and campaigns to raise awareness of legal highs.

Please see for full report: appjag-submission-to-the-dcms-committee-inquiry-into-the-future-of-uk-music-festivals

Jazz musicians and volunteer promoters – falling between the cracks – and no parachute – the DCMS response

APPJAG wrote to the Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport on the 11th August and received a reply on the 24th September. The response failed to address a single issue raised by APPJAG.

The DCMS response can be seen here:

The response from APPJAG can be seen here:

Jazz musicians and volunteer promoters – falling between the cracks

Whilst this paper deals with jazz musicians and volunteer promoters it would be equally applicable to many genres from folk to brass bands and from indie music to rap.

This paper reinforces the findings of the Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS Sectors: First Report by the select committee for Digital Culture Media and Sport. MPs say the response of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been hampered by the Department’s fundamental misunderstanding across Government of the needs, structures and vital social contribution of sectors such as the creative industries. The Report finds the loss of performing arts institutions and cultural workers would put at risk the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and reverse decades of progress in cultural provision, diversity and inclusion.

The paper highlights the problems experienced by jazz musicians and jazz promoters in terms of funding and access to funds for self-employed musicians who are falling between the cracks.

The £1.5 billion recovery funding for arts and culture is to be welcomed along with the lowering of VAT to 5% for concerts. Regrettably, there are concerns about the delivery of the fund and the criteria that have been set by the DCMS. The fund is designed to support the survival of cultural and heritage organisations that are of international or national cultural significance, or that contribute to the levelling-up agenda, and that are at risk of no longer trading viably by the end of this financial year. Swathes of individuals and volunteer organisations crucial to a healthy music seen will fall through this particular crack. Bands and musicians do not suddenly arrive at the O2 Arena there is an infrastructure that assiduously works to get them there and if that infrastructure is left to flounder through a lack of investment, the UK will lose its competitive edge, in terms of music development, music exports and “soft power”.

Who determines who is of national cultural significance? As the Arts Council is delivering the fund, there is a potential for a conflict of interests between Arts Council funded National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and all the many organisations who do not receive funds form Arts Council England who will all be applying to the fund. The Arts Council to its great credit has produced full reports on the expenditure of their emergency funds to date of £64.8 million invested in 9,666 people and organisations plus £33 million to 196 National Portfolio organisations. However a “snap” audit is essential of those individuals and organisations who have received funds plus the title of the emergency funding scheme that provided these funds. This audit is crucial in order to identify those people and organisations that are falling between the cracks.

There is a problem with the ministerial task forces – they are not joined up. The arts are in the hands of the DCMS, whilst pubs and restaurants are with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Pubs and restaurants enable a great deal of music making, entertainment, maturing circuits, comedy clubs. A prima facie example is the Pizza Express restaurant chain.

There is a flaw in the Entertainments and Events Working Group comprising 49 organisations. 69% of the organisations are based in London and 31% outside of the M25. Of the 49 members only two organisations are representative of diverse communities.

It is crucially important that with a new post-Covid and Brexit landscape a national arts plan is developed that ensures that the arts and culture play a part in healing the nation and drives the export of arts and culture. To make this happen the arts requires a reformation in arts funding with an organisation that can deliver a rolling, realistic and coherent national plan for the arts, entertainment and culture where under-represented musics and art forms finally get a place in the sun.

The Government should retain the 5% VAT rate for the performing arts and entertainment for the long term to assist recovery..

APPJAG has wrote to the Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport on the 15th August and is waiting for a reply and a response.

The letter to the Secretary of State and the paper “Jazz musicians and volunteer promoters – falling between the cracks” can be downloaded here:

Letter from APPJAG to Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP 11th August 2020

Jazz Musicians and volunteer promoters – falling between the cracks

Recipients Announced For 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Recipients Announced For 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 30th June at 20:00

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The 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.

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

Chi Onwurah MP, Deputy Chair of APPJAG: “This has been another 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”.

The full list of recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year

Cherise Adams-Burnett

On the cusp of releasing her own music, Cherise Adams-Burnett is quickly becoming recognised as a fiercely talented vocalist and musician.

Since graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in late 2017, Cherise has performed at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, ranging from the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall to the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, along with Festival performances including the UK’s Love Supreme.

Owing much of her earlier development to the highly-regarded educational group Tomorrow’s Warriors, nowadays she is glad to be involved in developing younger musicians through the same program as a both tutor and workshop leader.

https://www.cherisemusic.com

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Sarah Tandy

Sarah Tandy is a unique voice within the new UK jazz generation. Coming from a background which encompassed vintage jazz LPs, classical music and Coleridge poetry, her music has been shaped by London’s thriving and diverse live music scene, where jazz is the shared language in an ever-shifting musical landscape. She has swiftly risen to become one of the most in-demand players of her generation, with stints on keys for Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Maisha, Where Pathways Meet, Camilla George, Nubya Garcia, Nerija, Daniel Casimir, Binker Golding, Clark Tracey and many more. She is also a member of Ronnie Scott’s house band, the W3 Collective. Festival Appearances include Love Supreme Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival and two performances with her trio at the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival supporting Robert Glasper. In an earlier incarnation, she has also appeared as a classical soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

https://www.sarahtandy.com

Jazz Album of the Year

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

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.

Kate has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including ‘Made Up’ (with her septet) and ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins). Both were in Mojo magazine’s top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Kate is a founder member of Way Out West, a collective of jazz musicians based in West London which has been programming regular gigs for over ten years. Kate is also an experienced educator and is currently teaching on the jazz degree courses at the Guildhall School of Music And Drama, and Middlesex University.

Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three is collaboration between acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams, vocalist Georgia Mancio, and the Guastalla string quartet. It was launched in spring 2016 with a short UK tour and support from Arts Council England. Kate continues her longstanding musical partnership with award-winning vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio: Finding Home: Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio was premiered on 6th October 2017 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. The CD Finding Home was released in summer 2019, coinciding with a 14-date UK tour which received support from Arts Council England.

Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her music references classic jazz alongside her own astonishing writing and stamped with an unfailing emotional integrity.

In 2017 she released ‘Songbook’ – co-written with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent – to universal acclaim and a sold out debut at Ronnie Scott’s. Other credits include Bobby McFerrin, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Gwilym Simcock, Pat Metheny (lyric approval), and the renowned ReVoice! Festival and new series Hang, Kate Williams and multiple nominations in the Parliamentary, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards.

http://www.kate-williams-quartet.com

www.georgiamancio.com

Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Nikki Iles Big Band

Award winning Nikki Iles has been at the forefront of British jazz for over three decades, playing and recording with Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, Tony Coe and Rufus Reid. Her legendary warmth and generosity as a teacher – backed up by her considerable profile as a player and composer – have inspired generations of jazz musicians. She is currently Professor of Jazz Piano at the Guildhall and the Royal Academy of Music, but she is much in demand further afield. Nikki is also a tireless promoter of younger talent, teaching regularly in Bedford schools as well as being part of the core team on regional summer courses – specifically NYJO and the NYJC.  Her publishing profile – through Oxford University Press – now brings all sorts of musicians into jazz from other genres.

Nikki’s 20 piece Jazz Orchestra marks a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British Jazz, gathering together commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, all played by the remarkable band she has assembled. The depth and range of the exhilarating writing and arranging suggest it will be less like a debut, but more like seasoned hand and a distinctive voice, with the music bought to vivid life by a top drawer band, featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians – often bandleaders in their own right – including Gareth Lockrane, Tori Freestone, Mike Walker, Julian Siegel, Henry Lowther, Nick Smart and Karen Sharp.

www.nikkiiles.co.uk

Jazz Newcomer of the Year

Luca Manning

Luca Manning is young jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow. Luca has had the opportunity to perform at various festivals across the UK – opening for the likes of Georgie Fame and Becca Stevens. His ability as not just a consummate vocalist, but also as a gifted improviser, continues to enthral audiences and shows maturity well beyond his years. In 2018, Luca was voted ‘Rising Star’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards and was also nominated in the ‘Best Vocalist’ category.

Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself. He is in his third year at the Guildhall School of Music on the Bmus Jazz degree and already has played major London venues such as Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho leading his own ensembles. He has also become a vocal chair holder with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra since January 2018, a member of the London Vocal Project (2018), and in December 2017, was invited by Liane Carroll to guest on her sold-out Christmas show at Ronnie Scott’s. Luca has just released ‘A Sleepin’ Bee’ with Threebop, a vocal group where Luca appears alongside Ella Hohnen-Ford and Rosina Bullen.

https://www.lucamanningmusic.com

Jazz Venue of the Year

PizzaExpress Jazz Club

PizzaExpress Founder Peter Boizot was a jazz lover and constantly sought ways to include music in his restaurants, whether at PizzaExpress branches from the late 1960s, and at his other ventures Pizza on the Park and Kettner’s from the 1970s. The flagship venue at 10 Dean Street, London has hosted internationally acclaimed jazz artists since its first ticketed show, Bud Freeman, on 26th May 1976, including Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Van Morrison, Carla Bley, Monty Alexander, Amy Winehouse, and thousands more. The jazz club presented the UK debuts of Gregory Porter, Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, e.s.t., Norah Jones, among many others. The 2019 programme included appearances by John Scofield, Benny Golson, Houston Person, Joel Ross, Jakob Bro, David Benoit, Joachim Kuhn, Eddie Henderson, as well as young and up-and-coming artists, album launches, festivals like Sounds of Denmark, the Steinway 2-piano Festival, London Latin Jazz Fest, and more than 30 shows in the EFG London Jazz Festival. PizzaExpress Live also run The Pheasantry in Chelsea, and venues in Holborn, Birmingham and Maidstone, programming almost 2000 shows across the five venues.

www.pizzaexpresslive.com

Jazz Media Award

Corey Mwamba “Freeness” BBC Radio 3

Corey Mwamba is the presenter of Freeness on  BBC Radio 3. Born and based in Derby, Dr Corey Mwamba’s commitment to jazz and improvised music in Britain and Ireland drives all aspects of his work, whether through making, presenting, promoting, or researching music.

Corey predominantly plays vibraphone and  dulcimer. He is recognised as a highly creative improviser and composer working across a wide range of jazz and contemporary music. Mwamba’s distinctive approach and tone is instantly recognisable in any context: a potent blend of pure sound, highly melodic phrases and ethereal textures; barely whispered chords and ear-piercing robotic screams.

Corey won a PRSF/Jerwood Foundation Take Five artist development award in 2007; was short-listed for the Innovation category in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2008; and received nominations for “Rising Star on Vibraphone” in the DownBeat Annual Critics’ Polls.

https://www.coreymwamba.co.uk/

Reduced Listening are the producers of BBC Radio 3’s “Freeness”. They are an audio company making radio, podcasts, drama and documentaries. They work with the BBC and arts institutions, alongside cutting edge musicians, artists, and with people who have a story to tell.

https://www.reducedlistening.co.uk/

Jazz Education Award

Jon Eno BEM

Jon Eno was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to jazz music education. Jon is recognised in the world of jazz education as an ambassador for youth music. He set up the East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra in September 2002, together with Hot House Music Schools Ltd.

Students from beginner level to some of the best in the country travel great distances to work with the Hot House team and be part of their ensembles.

Performance is encouraged wherever and whenever, from formal black tie concerts, to outdoor bandstands, to small group jazz and solo work. He is a trusted mentor figure to whom many students have turned to for support and many of his students have gained entry to the top music colleges and gone on to work as professionals in the music industry.

Jonathan also established a gospel choir and a saxophone group for adults with some musical background or none at all, that provides the same inspirational opportunities as the youth sections.

He regularly arranges fund-raising events for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Marie Curie.

https://hhmusic.co.uk/

Services to Jazz Award

Blow The Fuse

Blow the Fuse was formed in 1989 by musicians and composers Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner who were members of the internationally acclaimed jazz group The Guest Stars. They’ve played a crucial role in raising awareness about women jazz musicians and importantly giving them support, a space and opportunity to perform in times which have been very challenging.

They have been very much part of the new resurgence of jazz musicians, which contain many talented young women. Beginning in 2012, Blow the Fuses’ Tomorrow the Moon seasons one small step for women’ have featured groups led by composers Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Laura Cole, Dee Byrne, Sophie Tetteh, Lauren Kinsella, Roz Harding, Nikki Iles, Shama Rahman, Daphna Sadeh, Alexandra Ridout, Chelsea Carmichael, Camilla George and Nubya Garcia.

They’ve have managed many UK jazz tours with new musical works, innovative collaborations and educational projects and they run the Blow the Fuse record label.

http://www.blowthefuse.com

Special APPJAG Award

Jazzwise

Jazzwise magazine was launched in April 1997. It was initially funded by jazz educator Charles Alexander and featured a core group of writers including Jon Newey, who as editorial director relaunched Jazzwise in 2000 aiming to challenge the top American jazz titles for the best jazz writing and design.

In 2019 year Jazzwise celebrated its 20th anniversary, and it is the UK’s biggest selling jazz magazine in both print and digital editions and Europe’s leading English language jazz magazine. It has assembled a team of the UK’s most authoritative jazz writers, including Stuart Nicholson, John Fordham, Peter Vacher, Kevin Le Gendre, Brian Priestley and Val Wilmer, and co-founded the young jazz writer’s initiative, The Write Stuff, with Serious, designed to help new creative music writing.

Jazzwise is as deeply committed in encouraging the next generation of jazz musicians as it is about keeping the music’s colossal legacy alive and highly significant in a constantly changing musical landscape.

Jazzwise was purchased by independent publishers, the Mark Allen Group, in 2013 and formed the cornerstone of a now growing music division. Jon Newey became editor in chief and director in 2015 and promoted Mike Flynn to editor. Mike joined Jazzwise in 2006.

https://www.jazzwise.com/

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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/

 

 

 

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants

Press Release

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants

When Arts Council England announced its £160 million emergency rescue package to deal with the coronavirus crisis in March 2020, arts organisations and individuals alike were rightly delighted by such a swift and positive response.

However, an important creative cause is in danger of falling through the cracks. Jazz music, an increasingly dynamic cultural force, and a renowned and invaluable stimulus to many kinds of musicmaking beyond its own borders, has in recent years been significantly dependent on the National Lottery Projects Grants Scheme for the planning of tours and creative projects. The scheme has now been suspended to release funding for the emergency measures – but no provision for its jazz commitments has been suggested in Arts Council England’s responses to queries.

The All-Party Parliamentary Appreciation Group (APPJAG), the influential jazz enthusiasts’ lobby group of MPs and Peers, is now urging Arts Council England to restore the National Lottery Projects Grants Scheme at the earliest opportunity. Individuals and bands seeking to organise tours 12 months or longer ahead cannot wait for the present crisis to be resolved and need to begin approaching promoters and venues now.

On March 28, APPJAG co-chairs John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, and deputy chair Chi Onwurah MP wrote to Darren Henley, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Council England, to raise these concerns. Following an exchange of correspondence on the subject, Darren Henley’s closing response on April 20 observed that protecting the infrastructure of venues used by performing artists required the Arts Council’s full capacity at present, and that although future planning would be difficult for some time, ‘our view is that wider and much greater uncertainties remain, such as what government restrictions may be in operation in the future, and the economic consequences of the intervening period on culture’s infrastructure.’

APPJAG is of the opinion that this response is particularly unhelpful in the jazz context, and will continue to urge Arts Council England to expedite the restoration of the National Lottery Project Grants Scheme with urgency, if ACE is not to make worse an already bad situation for jazz music in the culture-funding pecking-order. It would be ironic if bands and musicians whose current live work has been cancelled, should  also find themselves with no work next year – hopefully in post-Covid-19 conditions – due to the withholding of a relatively modest investment that would enable them to set up their 2021 bookings now.

For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins
Tel: 0208 840 4643
Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

Notes to editors

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, the Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe and Baroness Healy. APPJAG run the Parliamentary Jazz Awards that 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 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/

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/

 

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 – Public Nominations Are Open

Voting is now open for the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn, London on Tuesday 16th October 2018.  Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline for entries set for 12 noon on Wednesday 20th June 2018.

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 2017 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 2017)
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 2017)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2017)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2017

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

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 19th July 2017 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. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com The web address is:https://appjag.wordpress.com/

 

 

EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 Round Up

  EFG London Jazz Festival 2017

The 25th EFG London Jazz Festival, a 10 day blistering mix of music, spread across the capital this month with over 350 events, taking the best of jazz to its broadest audiences yet.

As with almost every year since its formation, the Festival was launched in style at Jazz in the House, the annual event held in partnership with APPJAG at the House of Commons. Now in its 18th year, Jazz in the House continues to go from strength to strength, bringing together a breadth of guests for an evening that puts jazz firmly on the political and cultural agenda. The night featured speeches from APPJAG co-chair, Lord Colwyn; Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England; John Williamson, Chairman of EFG International, EFG London Jazz Festival’s title sponsor; and Director of Serious and EFG London Jazz Festival, Claire Whitaker. Guests were also treated to a performance from Cherise Adams-Burnett, an emerging artists involved in Serious’ talent development programmes.

Here’s to next year’s EFG London Jazz Festival and Jazz in the House.

One of the world’s largest and most ambitious festivals’ (Downbeat, 2017)

With the 25th EFG London Jazz Festival having come to a thrilling finale, we wanted to share some of the stories and magic with you.  We pushed the boundaries, and stretched our imaginations, to deliver an extra-special birthday year to music fans across the capital, and around the globe through our broadcasts and digital streams.

Musical highlights

Pat Metheny played the Festival for the first time ever, in ‘A gripping two-and-a-half-hour sequence of showcases and duets’ (★★★★☆ Financial Times)

Jazz Voice was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and simultaneously live-streamed via The Space across the major social media networks – so far over 110,000 people across the world have enjoyed the ‘endlessly varied clutch of arrangements, all immaculately played.’ (★★★★☆ The Times) on stream. BBC Radio 3 reaches around 2 million listeners on average per week.

Robert Glasper created a special concert to celebrate the Festival’s birthday, featuring Laura Mvula among a string of stars and ‘ succeeding in uniting and lifting up 2,000 souls in a warm, hymn-like embrace – a moment of emotional fellowship that no one who witnessed it is likely to forget.’ (theartsdesk)– and then packed out a second club show with Bilal, which was arranged at 48 hours notice.

New Music Matters – commissions and premieres

Each year we commission new music from a wide range of artists to infuse the scene with new/innovative work.  This is very much a part of the Festival’s history – since the commissioning programme was set up in 2013 we’ve commissioned over 100 artists to create new work

Seriously Talented, the collective name for Serious’ Talent Development programmes continues to weave right through the festival – this year over 50 Festival performers had taken part in one of our programmes including fast-rising star Zara McFarlane: ‘When she let her voice soar and tumble, scatting here, sliding there, playing with phrasing; she was magnificent’ (★★★★☆ Evening Standard)

The number of commissions and premieres in the Festival this year was over 60 – which included 

Orphy Robinson & Pat Thomas’ Black Top, who created a stunning response to the Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition in ‘a mind-melting gig, with fascinating cross-medium parallels’(LondonJazzNews)

Terence Blanchard’s orchestral tribute to Herbie Hancock, which was co-commissioned by the Festival, and conducted by Kristjan Järvi.

Forward-thinking British trumpeter Yazz Ahmed sold out Kings Place, launching her new album with ‘impressive vividness and flair’ (London Jazz News)

Trish Clowes’ new work Is This Jazz, performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra to a packed Royal Festival Hall for a family matinee.

Expect The Unexpected was a co-production between the Festival and Club Inegales which premiered 25 new works over two weekends, including pieces by Pat Metheny and Hermeto Pascoal.

You can find more info on our talent development programmes here, and on our commissioning programme here.

Learning & Participation

Learning and Participation work goes from strength to strength within the Festival; the programme this year saw over nine hundred young performers playing to an audience of over 7,000 in 40 events.

Our Next Generation Takes Over programme doubled in size this year, taking over freestages at Southbank Centre and Barbican to showcase the emerging talent and remarkable contribution of young people to the jazz scene.

2017 also saw a sell-out run of Jazz for Toddlers shows with guitarists Heidi Heidelberg and Chris Sharkey, as well as an exciting and fully-booked programme of talks presented by University of Liverpool’s Head of Music Professor Catherine Tackley.

Going global

 ‘Great international festivals such as the EFG London Jazz Festival show that London is open to creativity and to people from across the world.’ (Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London)

 This year, Jazz Voice, our opening night gala concert, was live-streamed for the first time across YouTube, Facebook Live and Periscope, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership with The Space, the Arts Council England organisation working to help reach new audiences through digital technologies.

This enabled us to take the festival to a new and fresh audience – the reach of the performance was staggering, with over 110,000 views so far nationally and internationally and rising fast.  The stream can still be viewed here, and will be available for the next three years

Not only is the audience from round the world, but so are the musicians we bring to London for the festival:

’Jazz’s global influence, is reflected in the programming of the 25th EFG London Jazz Festival – performers from other cultures profoundly affect the current Festival agenda.’ (Guardian)

Broadcast & Film

BBC Radio 3’s commitment to the Festival remains undiminished, with the station broadcasting 18 hours’ worth of coverage this year across four dedicated jazz programmes; Jazz Now, Jazz Record Requests, Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz and Jazz Line-up, as well as in Late Junction and World on 3. From the Jazz Voice opener which was broadcast live with sound provided to The Space’s live stream, through to the Jazz Now gig at PizzaExpress Soho, there was something for everyone on the radio. To tie in with the opening night of the festival, the BBC launched a new website, BBC Music Jazz, pulling together all the jazz content from across radio in a central place for the first time.

Jazz FM took over the Barbican on three days, live-broadcasting their morning shows with a mixture of performances from Festival artists, and various guests and celebrities all dropping by for interviews. Jazz FM also hosted the Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya artist talks programme across the Festival.

International broadcaster Mezzo made three films which will take new music by British musicians across the world for the next five years: the Whirlwind Records concert for the opening night, curated by Michael Janisch, the Festival co-commission by Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra, and a learning project created by Nubya Garcia and the (Im)possibilities Band.

Looking backwards, and forwards to 2018 and beyond…

A book has been published documenting the first 25 years of the Festival, following a year or more of research and writing by Professor George McKay and Dr Emma Webster; you can find this on our website by clicking here – it’s a truly fascinating read. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

We’re already firmly in the planning stages for the future, the 2018 EFG London Festival runs from

Friday 16 November – Sunday 25 November

See you down the front!

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The EFG London Jazz Festival is produced by Serious, one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, and programme consultants, it works in artist and rights management. Parallel to this exists the registered charity, Serious Trust, which has been established to support the next generation of artists and audiences through our artist development, learning and participation and commissioning programmes.
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The EFG London Jazz Festival was created by live international music producers, Serious. The Festival emerged from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week which was created in 1970; with the active support of the London Arts Board (now Arts Council England, London). Serious – who had for some years produced the Camden Jazz Week, engineered a transition that saw the evolution of the Festival.  Taking a mix of international and British artists and a commitment to education activity, the London Jazz Festival began to spread its wings. The aims of the Festival still remain the same today; celebrating the place of jazz in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity, and drawing in a multitude of venues across London who present the music, week in, week out, throughout the year.

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EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services and is headquartered in Zurich. EFG International’s group of private banking businesses operates in around 40 locations worldwide. Its registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Recipients Announced For The 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The recipients of the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced last night on Tuesday 10 May. The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), are considered Britain’s premier ceremony for the UK jazz community.

Featuring a broad array of jazz talent from within the industry, the awards are sponsored by Peroni with the support of PizzaExpress Live. During the ceremony, award presenters comprised of British politician’s and home-grown UK jazz talent including  Jon Newy, Editor in Chief of Jazzwise,Gary Crosby, Zara McFarlane, Kelvin Hopkins MP., Lord Anthony Colwyn, Sarah Champion MP 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, Camilla George and Cheryl Alleyne.

The full list of recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Cleveland Watkiss

Internationally renowned vocalist won the London Jazz Award for Best Vocalist in 2010, and was voted Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards best vocalist for three consecutive years.

Watkiss was born in Hackney, East London, to Jamaican parents. Watkiss was one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band. His vocals can be heard on their debut album, Out of Many People.

Watkiss has performed with a diverse range of artists from around the world, including: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards, the James Taylor Quartet, Sly & Robbie, Nigel Kennedy, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, The Who, George Martin, Julian Joseph, the London Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Orchestra, Cassandra Wilson, and the London Community Gospel Choir. More recently, demonstrating great versatility, Cleveland was cast as the starring role in Julian Joseph’s, two groundbreaking jazz operas, Bridgetower and Shadowball, to considerable acclaim.

In June last year he performed with vibraphonist Orphy Robinson at Freedom: The Art of Improvisation Festival at The Vortex, performing their project Duke Joint. Also with a project London-Chicago Vibration in Nov’ at the London Jazz Festival, a 50th anniversary tribute to the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) led by multi-percussionist Orphy Robinson and an all-star band of UK-based improvisers including legendary drummer Louis Moholovibist Corey Mwamba and saxophonist Jason Yarde

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings  

Shabaka Hutchings was born in 1984 in London. He moved to Barbados at the age of six, began studying classical clarinet aged nine, graduating to tenor saxophone which has been a regular sight across London and the UK since his return aged sixteen.

As part of the Caribbean diaspora, he sees his role as that of pushing the boundaries of what musical elements are considered to be Caribbean. Constantly evaluating the nature of his relationship with musical material and tradition.

Hutchings has three primary projects – Shabaka and the Ancestors, Sons of Kemet and Comet is Coming. Between them, Hutchings has gathered a substantial number of awards and nominations, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer Award, 2015 Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, 2016 Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2017 Jazz FM Awards ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’.

Shabaka continues to sit outside the box, interested in the indefinable gaps and going beyond jazz. To date, Hutchings has released to critical acclaim 4 studio albums and 2 EPs, alongside featuring on several other albums with highly respected artists. New albums expected in 2018.

Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur – “Together As One”

Dinosaur is one of the most vital and creative new instrumental bands in Europe. Shortlisted for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for their ‘masterful Jazz album’, ‘Together, As One’, the vibrant ensemble, led by trumpeter and 2015-2017 BBC New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd, has risen to widespread prominence garnering huge acclaim and attention from the world’s media.

Praised for their idiosyncratic blend of styles – taking sounds from folk, rock, minimalism and contemporary art music, ’Together, As One’ was described by All About Jazz ‘as one of the best debut albums for years’. With a rare 5 star review from The Guardian as well as numerous top 10 mentions in the end of 2016 best album polls, the band consequently appeared throughout 2017 at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including North Sea Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Molde International Jazz Festival and Open Jazz in Stuttgart.

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Phronesis

With the critically acclaimed release of their sixth album ‘Parallax’ in 2016 (recorded at Abbey Road studios, London) and a reputation for spell-binding, roller-coaster live performances, twice MOBO-Award nominated Anglo-Scandinavian trio Phronesis have captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

Formed in London in 2005, the trio have performed widely across the European club circuit and taken their engaging grooves, irresistible rhythmic energy and breathtaking group interplay to concert stages and festivals across the world from Morocco to Brazil (where they played on the opening day of the Olympics in Rio) and Australia to North America, (where the trio returned for the fourth time in the summer of 2017 for a tour of seven jazz festivals).

In March 2017 Phronesis released their seventh album, ‘The Behemoth’, recorded in Germany with the hr Frankfurt Radio Big Band – a special commissioned project to celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary, for which composer/arranger Julian Argüelles created innovative big band arrangements of the trio’s compositions drawn from their entire back catalogue. These arrangements have been performed in the UK, Germany and at North Sea Jazz Festival 2017.

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Nerija

Nerija receiving Newcomer Award 2017. Photo Cat Munro

Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up-and-coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop and Afrobeat. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical and pianist Zoe Rahman. Last year saw the ensemble release their self-titled debut EP with performances at the Barbican Centre supporting Ernest Ranglin and Cadogan Hall supporting renowned US jazz artists Gerri Allen and Terri Lyn Carrington for EFG London Jazz Festival 2016.

Nérija currently working towards releasing a collaborative album for release in 2018

Jazz Venue of the Year: Scarborough Jazz Festival.

 Mike Gordon is the Director of Scarborough Jazz Festival.  Before retirement he was Head of North Yorkshire’s Special Education Support Services and then Executive Secretary of the National Association for Special Educational Needs.  He has also been promoter of Scarborough Jazz club on 50 nights a year for 34 years and is the original resident pianist. He describes himself as a jazz player of modest attainments – but getting better!

2017 is Scarborough Jazz Festival’s fifteenth year.  Audience numbers have grown over the years and analysis of the detailed evaluation returns – which the organisers take very seriously as a guide to improving all aspects of the event –have consistently indicated that 98% of the audience rated the quality and variety of the acts and artists as excellent or good.

The festival aims to have well-established performers, chosen because their jazz is continually developing, alongside younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas.  Regular attenders know they can expect a mixture of the accessible and the challenging. The weekend event is held in the wonderful Victorian Spa Grand Hall which looks out over the beach and sea towards Scarborough Castle.  ‘Our very own North Sea Jazz Festival’ says Jazzwise.

Jazz Media Award: Chris Philips

Chris Philips receives the Jazz Media Awar 2017 from Gaery Crosby. Photo Cat Munro

Chris Philips has been a steady name on the London airways for over 30 years. He co-ran the first ever Jazz station in the UK, a pirate station called K-Jazz, in 1985. He’s a Jazz FM original from launch in 1990 where he was the very first afternoon show host, subsequently co-hosting the night time new music show Somethin’ Else. The first event Chris ever hosted was the small matter of Ella Fitzgerald and The Count Basie Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, twice!

After a long fifteen year stint at dance music station Kiss 100 Chris rejoined the relaunched digital Jazz FM where he is morning show host as well as Head Of Music. He also presents his acclaimed show The Blueprint, the continuation of a lifelong no-punches-pulled enthusiastic foray into new jazz, talking with some of the most creative music spirits from around the globe.

He’s a champion of the underdog, something underlined by his life-long support for Wimbledon FC, and founder membership of AFC Wimbledon. For these though, most importantly, he stakes a claim to be the only football stadium host to have ever played all fifteen minutes of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Chameleon’ during a pre-match warm up!

Jazz Education Award: Tomorrows Warriors

Janine Irons and Gary Crosby of Tomorrow’s Warriors receiving the Jazz Education Award 2017. Photo Cat Munro

Founded and led by Artistic Director and double bassist, Gary Crosby OBE and Managing Director, Janine Irons MBE, Tomorrow’s Warriors is a hothouse for young jazz talent offering a fantastic development platform for hundreds of young people each year to advance their musical knowledge and skills.

Each week Tomorrow’s Warriors’ core programmes benefit around 170 young people aged 11-25 enrolled on their Young Artist and Emerging Artist Development Programmes hosted at Southbank Centre, London where Tomorrow’s Warriors is resident, and over the past 25 years, they have been particularly successful in creating pathways for significant numbers of young musicians from diverse backgrounds to progress to Centres of Advanced Training and, thereafter, into sustainable professional careers. Tomorrow’s Warriors has a growing music leader faculty of which it is immensely proud. Most are former Warriors, and all successful jazz artists who share Gary’s commitment to nurturing the next generation, helping them carve a path towards a successful jazz future.

Tomorrow’s Warriors has an extensive outreach programme, working in partnership with several schools, music education hubs, venues and community groups around the country, helping around 3,000 more young people each year get into jazz.

The impressive alumni illustrates the impact Tomorrow’s Warriors’ unswerving commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion has had over the past 25 years in shaping the exciting, vibrant and diverse jazz scene we all enjoy and celebrate today – from the original Tomorrow’s Warriors, Byron Wallen, Tony Kofi and Denys Baptiste to Zara McFarlane, Binker & Moses, Ezra Collective, Nérija all making big waves today…and still many, many more to come!

Services to Jazz Award: Tony Dudley-Evans

Tony Dudley-Evans began promoting in the early 1960s putting on three concerts in the unlikely venue of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University: Tubby Hayes Quintet, Ronnie Scott Quartet with Stan Tracey and Joe Harriott Quintet.

After a period teaching English abroad, Tony returned to UK and to Birmingham in 1976 and rapidly became involved with Birmingham Jazz, firstly going to its gigs and then joining the Board in the 80s.

Tony became Chair of Birmingham Jazz and the main programmer, and built Birmingham Jazz up into a promoting organisation with an international reputation.

In 2012 Jazzlines was formed as an Arts Council supported organisation within Performances Birmingham (Town Hall and Symphony Hall).

In the late 1990s Tony became involved with the then new Cheltenham Jazz Festival, initially working with Jim Smith as Chair of the Advisory Panel and then as Artistic Director.

Tony now acts as Adviser to both Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Jazzlines Birmingham. In the last two years Tony has run improv gigs under the name of TDE Promotions.   Until July Tony was Chair of the Jazz Promotion Network, an organisation he formed with Nod Knowles.

Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen

Jim Mullen (born 26 November 1945)  grew up on the East side of Glasgow in the mid-1940s. “My claim to fame is that I taught Billy Connolly the chords for ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ on the banjo,”  A jazz guitarist with a distinctive style, like Wes Montgomery before him, picking with the thumb  instead of a plectrum.

Jim Mullen was guitarist with Pete Brown & Piblokto! for two albums in 1970. He then played with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, appearing on the band’s first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh, Mullen then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band.

It was while both musicians were touring the United States with AWB in the mid-70s that Mullen met tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and throughout the 1980s, he found critical acclaim as joint leader of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen. Record producer Richard Niles, who produced the band’s sixth album, It’s About Time, later produced three solo albums for Mullen.

Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Joanna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O’Higgins and Georgie Fame, Sinan Alimanović, David Tughan and Frank Holder. Mullen has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney-produced album All About the Music, alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr. In 2014, he featured prominently on the Citrus Sun album, ‘People of Tomorrow’, produced by Incognito co-founder, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick.

Mullen has won many British music awards including “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000).  Jim Mullen received a lifetime achievement award in Edinburgh 2015.

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 and for Peroni sponsoring the Parliamentary Jazz 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 19th July 2017 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 team is Chris Hodgkins and Sarah Pellew.

For further information please contact:
Chris Hodgkins
Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

 Notes to editors

The categories for the 2017 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2016 by a UK band or musicians)
    •    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2016)
    •    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2016)
    •    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2016)
    •    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 2016)
    •    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.

 

 

What are the Parliamentary Jazz Awards?

What are the Parliamentary Jazz Awards?

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

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

•    Jazz Album of the Year (released in the previous year by a UK band or musicians)
•    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in the previous year )
•    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in the previous year )
•    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in the previous year)
•    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 the previous year )
•    Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group. The Awards were sponsored by PPL from 2005 to 2016. The Parliamentary Awards for 2017 -2020 are supported by PizzaExpress Live

What is APPJAG?

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, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and    Chi Onwurah MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe.

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

Who has received the Awards in the past?

The recipients of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards from previous years are as follows:

Parliamentary Awards 2020

  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Cherise Adams-Burnett
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Sarah Tandy
  • Jazz Album of the Year: ‘Finding Home’ – Kate Williams Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Nikki Iles Big Band
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Luca Manning
  • Jazz Venue of the Year: PizzaExpress Jazz Club
  • Jazz Media Award: Corey Mwamba “Freeness” BBC Radio 3
  • Jazz Education Award: Jon Eno BEM
  • Services to Jazz Award: Blow The Fuse
  • Special APPJAG Award: Jazzwise

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019

  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Zoe Gilby
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Josephine Davies
  • Jazz Album of the Year: Fergus McCreadie – “Turas”
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Xhosa Cole
  • Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking
  • Jazz Media Award: Ian Mann – Jazzmann
  • Jazz Education Award: Nikki Iles
  • Services to Jazz Award: Dame Cleo Laine
  • Special APPJAG Award: Henry Lowther

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018

  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Ian Shaw
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Arun Ghosh
  • Jazz Album of the Year: Denys Baptiste – “The Late Trane”
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Shirley Tetteh
  • Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz At The Lescar in Sheffield
  • Jazz Media Award: Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here
  • Jazz Education Award: Jean Toussaint
  • Services to Jazz Award: Jill Rodger
  • Special APPJAG Award: Gary Crosby OBE

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year:Cleveland Watkiss
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings
  • Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur “Together As One”
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Phronesis
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Nerija
  • Jazz Venue of the Year: Scarborough Jazz Festival.
  • Jazz Media Award: Chris Philips
  • Jazz Education Award: Tomorrow’s Warriors
  • Services to Jazz Award: Tony Dudley-Evans
  • Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016

  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Emilia Martensson
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Alex Hawkins
  • Jazz Album of the Year: Julian Argüelles ‘Let It Be Told’
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Empirical
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Binker and Moses
  • Jazz Venue of the Year: Seven Jazz Leeds
  • Jazz Media Award: Jez Nelson/BBC Jazz on 3
  • Jazz Education Award: Dr Tommy Smith
  • Services to Jazz Award: Mary Greig
  • Special APPJAG Award: Evan Parker
  • Special APPJAG Award: Michael Connarty

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2015

  • Jazz Album of the Year: Partisans ‘Swamp’
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Norma Winstone MBE
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Laura Jurd
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Engines Orchestra
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (inc. clubs, venues, festivals and promoters): St Ives Jazz Club
  • Jazz Media Award (inc. broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books):London Jazz News
  • Jazz Education Award: NYJO
  • Jazz Newcomer Award: Peter Edwards
  • Services to Jazz Award: Chris Hodgkins
  • Special APR JAG Award: Peter Ind

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014

  • Jazz Album of the Year: Troykestra, Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Christine Tobin
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Arun Ghosh
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Beats & Pieces Big Band
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (inc. clubs, venues, festivals and promoters): EFG London Jazz Festival Jazz Media Award (inc. broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books): Jamie Cullum
  • Jazz Education Award: Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective
  • Jazz Newcomer Award: Phil Meadows
  • Services to Jazz Award: David Redfern
  • Special APPJAG Award: Chris Barber

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2013

  • Jazz Musician of the Year: Guy Barker
  • Jazz Album of the Year: John Surman ‘Saltash Bells’ (ECM)
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Impossible Gentlemen
  • Live Jazz Award of the Year: The Vortex, London
  • Jazz Journalist of the Year: Rob Adams Jazz Broadcaster of the Year: Mike Chadwick
  • Jazz Publication of the Year: Catherine Tackley – Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
  • Jazz Education Award: Nick Smart
  • Services to Jazz Award: Stan Tracey CBE
  • APPJAG Special Award: Elaine Delmar

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012

  • Jazz Musician of the Year: Bobby Wellins
  • Jazz Album of the Year: Liane Carroll ‘Up and Down’
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
  • Live Jazz Award of the Year: The Spin, Oxford
  • Jazz Journalist of the Year: Jon Newey
  • Jazz Broadcaster of the Year: Jamie Cullum
  • Jazz Publication of the Year: Jazz UK
  • Jazz Education Award: Gary Crosby OBE
  • Services to Jazz Award: John Cumming
  • APPJAG Special Award: Acker Billk

 Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2011

  • Musician: Brian Kellock Ensemble: Brass Jaw Album: Midas – John Turville Broadcaster: Paul Barnes Educator: Dr Ian Darrington MBE
  • Publication: Goin’ Home: The Uncompromising Life and Music of Ken Colyer by Mike Pointon, Ray
  • Smith, Martin Colyer
  • Journalist: John Fordham
  • Venue: Hideaway, London
  • Services to Jazz: Coleridge Goode

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2010

  • Musician: Mark Lockheart
  • Ensemble: Nigel Price’s Organ Trio
  • Album: No Messin’ – Gareth Lockrane
  • Broadcaster: Alyn Shipton
  • Educator: Kathy Dyson
  • Publication: Jazzwise Journalist: Mike Flynn Venue
  • Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
  • Services to Jazz: Brian Blain

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2009

  • Musician: Phil Robson
  • Ensemble: Ryan Quigley Sextet
  • Album; Howeird – Sam Crockatt Quartet
  • Broadcaster: Sarah Ward
  • Educator: Richard Michael
  • Publication: jazzreloaded.com
  • Journalist: Kevin LeGendre
  • Venue; Fleece Jazz
  • Services to Jazz: Val Wilmer
  • Special Award: Ronnie Scott’s Club

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008

  • Musician: Liane Carroll
  • Ensemble: Empirical
  • Album: The Amadeus Project – Guy Barker
  • Broadcaster: Helen Mayhew
  • Educator: Dennis Rollins
  • Publication: Jazz UK
  • Journalist: John Fordham
  • Venue: Tithe Barn, Needham, Norfolk
  • Services to Jazz: Paul Pace

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2007

  • Musician: Gwilym Simcock
  • Ensemble: Killer Shrimp
  • Album: Angel Of The Presence – John Taylor
  • Broadcaster: Jez Nelson
  • Educator: Pete Churchill
  • Publication: Jazzwise
  • Journalist: Stuart Nicholson
  • Venue: Pizza Express, London
  • Services to Jazz: Kenny Wheeler
  • Special Award: Bill Ashton MBE

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2006

  • Musician: Tim Garland
  • Ensemble: Jazz Jamaica
  • Album: Melting Pot – Zoe Rahman
  • Broadcaster: Julian Joseph
  • Educator: Simon Purcell
  • Publication: Jazz UK
  • Website: Audio-B
  • Journalist: Jon Newey
  • Venue: 606 Club
  • Services to Jazz: Ian Carr

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2005

  • Musician: Kenny Wheeler
  • Ensemble: Tony Kofi Quartet
  • Album: The Last Time I Saw You – Stan Tracey, Peter King
  • Broadcaster: Helen Mayhew
  • Educator: Eddie Harvey
  • Website: Jazz Services
  • Journalist: John Fordham
  • Venue: Wakefield Jazz
  • Services to Jazz: Kathy Stobart

How do the Awards work?

 The first round is by public nomination for the categories. The 2017 Awards received 3250 nominations.

 The second round is the short listing process by a panel made up from the jazz constituency. The panel includes, promoters, musicians, journalists, the media, people from jazz education and managers

 Voting procedure

  • Each panel member selects three nominations from the total nominations (in 2017 3,250) from each category; they cannot select themselves if nominated or close friends and colleagues
  • The panel looks at the list of nominations voted for by the judging panel (for all 9 award categories,) selected from the full list of entries received on the PizzaExpress Live website from the general public within the eligible time period. All categories relate to the calendar year 2016. The lists of the nominations being considered are those nominations by the panel that have multiple votes
  • The panel discusses each nomination in each award category
  • The first time round voting is by a show of hands for each entry. The votes for each nomination are counted and noted. Each judging panel member can only vote a maximum of 3 times within a category.
  • If a judging panel member is shortlisted or is in involved with a nominee in any capacity such business dealings, friendship, band member in any a category they retire from the room until the vote for that category is completed.
  • The top three scorers in each award category go through to the third round, to be approved as the official nominees, by the members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), who will select the recipients of each award category.
  • If there should be a tie between3 and 4 then 4 will go to APPJAG.

Other considerations

  • Previous year’s winner in that category is excluded from being nominated the following year.
  • The awards are celebrating the best of British jazz and our nominees should truly reflect the diversity and gender of the UK jazz scene.
  • Albums & publications are only eligible if released (in any format) or published in the preceding year in the UK.
  • All nominees must be living not deceased.
  • Previous year’s winner in that category is excluded from being nominated the following year.
  • The Panel are looking for a broad range for APPJAG members to select the winners from including where possible a popular/mainstream option.
  • The Panel should have due regard for entries from outside of London and the south east of England — these are UK wide awards.

What’s New?

Since 2005 details of the Awards Panel have remained confidential to avoid Panel members being lobbied or abused by email, online or personally. For the Parliamentary Jazz Awards for 2018 a list of the Panel members will be published on the APPJAG website after the Awards have been completed. The Parliamentary Awards trust that Panel members will be treated with courtesy.

Panel Member 2020

Chris Hodgkins Chair – non voting
Gary Crosby
Kevin Le Gendre
Deirdre Cartwright
Jon Newey
Camilla George
Martin Hummel
Paul Pace
Charles Alexander
Danielle White
Keith Ames
Steve Crocker
Kathryn Shackleton
Elaine Crouch
Jumoké Fashola
John Fordham
Tina Edwards
Joe Paice
Jill Rodger
Rob Adams
Lynne Gornall
Catherine Tackley
Anne Rigg
Gill Wilde
Wendy Kirkland
Sue Edwards
Phil Webb
Alex Webb

Panel Members 2019

Chris Hodgkins – Chair – non voting
Gary Crosby
Kevin Le Gendre
Deirdre Cartwright
Jon Newey
Camilla George
Martin Hummel
Paul Pace
Charles Alexander
Danielle White
Laurie Burnette
Keith Ames
Steve Crocker
Kathryn Shackleton
Elaine Crouch
Joe Paice
Jill Rodger
Rob Adams
Lynne Gornall
Catherine Tackley
Anne Rigg
Gill Wilde
John Fordham
Emily Jones
Emma Perry
Kate Williams

Panel Members 2018

Chris Hodgkins – Chair – non voting
Gary Crosby
Emily Saunders
Kevin Le Gendre
Andrea Vicari
Deirdre Cartwright
Jon Newey
Catherine Tackley
Camilla George
Martin Hummel
Paul Pace
Charles Alexander
Danielle White
Laurie Burnette
Keith Ames
Joe Paice
Steve Crocker
Isabella Zanon
Jill Rodger
Rob Adams
Lynne Gornall
Phil Webb
Emily Jones
Anne Rigg
Helen Mayhew
John Fordham

Chris Hodgkins
24th September 2017
Updated 10th May 2020
Updated 17th January 2021

 

 

2017 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

2017 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations have today been announced for the 2017 ParliamentaryJazz 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 and sponsored by Peroni 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 10th 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 13th 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

Georgia Mancio
Cleveland Watkiss
Alice Zawadzki

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year

Shabaka Hutchings
Jim Mullen
Tori Freestone

Jazz Album of the Year

Dinosaur – Together As One
Shabaka Hutchings – Wisdom Of The Elders
Tim Garland – One

Jazz Ensemble of the Year

Partikel
Phronesis
Binker and Moses

 Jazz Newcomer of the Year

Corrie Dick
Ezra Collective
Nerija
Jacob Collier

Jazz Venue of the Year

Watermill Jazz Club
Jazz Re:Freshed
PizzaExpress Live
Scarborough Jazz Festival

 Jazz Media Award

Jazzwise
Kevin Le Gendre
Chris Philips

Jazz Education Award

Tomorrow’s Warriors
Jean Toussaint
Andrea Vicari

Services to Jazz Award

Sue Edwards
Henry Lowther
Gary Crosby
Tony Dudley-Evans

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 19th July 2017 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 team is Chris Hodgkins and Sarah Pellew.

Ends-

For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins
Tel: 0208 840 4643
Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

 Notes to editors

The categories for the 2017 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2016 by a UK band or musicians)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2016)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2016)
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2016)
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 2016)
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.