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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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.

 

Nominations open for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

Voting is now open for the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at PizzaExpress Live Holborn on Tuesday 10th October. Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline for entries set for 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

To vote please go to:Nominations for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

PLEASE NOTE CRITERIA FOR THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2016 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 2016)
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 2016)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2016)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2016

To vote please go to: Nominations for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

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 in conjunction with Peroni.

Yamaha Jazz Scholars

 

WESTMINSTER HONOURS NEW YAMAHA jazz scholars

 The Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons saw an audience of MPs from all sides and VIPs from the jazz industry unite to honour seven new Yamaha Jazz Scholars at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group’s ‘Autumn Jazz’ event, in association with Yamaha, Jazzwise and Jazz Fm on Tuesday 25th October.

A rousing opening set from a quartet led by internationally acclaimed jazz artist Peter Long was followed by presentations and a debut performance by the latest Yamaha Jazz Scholars, nominated by the Heads of Jazz at the UK’s leading conservatoires.

Yamaha’s hugely successful, high-powered and influential scheme celebrates a ten-year milestone in 2017 and provides financial assistance, performance and recording opportunities for the cream of young jazz musicians.

Speakers from APPJAG included Kelvin Hopkins MP and Co-Chair Jason McCartney MP who presented the scholarships with Yamaha Classic Division Director Charles Bozon to Mark Pringle – a pianist from Birmingham Conservatoire; Roz Macdonald who studied double bass at Leeds College of Music; guitarist Will Arnold-Forster, a graduate of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama; drummer Jake Long from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; guitarist Tom Ollendorf from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; David Bowden, who studied double bass at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and drummer Ben Brown from the Royal Academy of Music.

All seven scholarship winners each received a £500 Yamaha instrument voucher and the opportunity to record an original track with their own band, to feature alongside established Yamaha jazz artists Peter Long, Georgina Jackson and James Pearson on ‘The Yamaha New Jazz Sessions 2016’ CD, to be cover-mounted on Jazzwise Magazine’s December issue. The CD series recorded by Mercury Prize nominated producer Andy Ross at Astar Studios is responsible for showcasing a new generation of successful jazz artists that have included double bass player Calum Gourlay, pianists Kit Downes and Elliot Galvin, and most recently Chris Hyson, Josh Arcoleo, Dave Hamblett, Matt Robinson and Nick Costley-White who comprise 5 of the 7 members of ‘Snow Poet’, featured at this year’s BBC Proms and due to play Cambridge Jazz Festival next month.

Yamaha Classic Division Director Charles Bozon commented, “it gives me great pleasure to once again present the Yamaha Jazz Scholars held at Portcullis House. The standard of the scholars continues to surprise all involved and only confirms that we’re supporting those upcoming young jazz artists who are determined to make this their profession in the future. It’s also clear from working  with our partners ( Jazzwise, APPJAG and Jazz FM) that there is more we can do to help support these scholars in the future which is why we are now looking at a more experimental offering for the Jazz Scholars as we move into our 10th year”.

Jason McCartney MP, stated, “Over the past decade the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group has proudly joined with Yamaha to celebrate and enjoy the live performance in Parliament by a new group of Yamaha Jazz Scholars. The Yamaha New Jazz Sessions album showcases the outstanding talent of these young UK jazz musicians as they embark on their professional careers. Thanks to Yamaha, former Jazz Scholars who have emerged from this wonderful scheme are now working among our most popular jazz artists. Long may it continue!”

For more information and images contact peter@twopr.co.uk

Recipients announced for 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Recipients announced for 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Featuring a broad array of jazz talent from within the industry, the awards are once again sponsored by music licensing company PPL. The organisation is dedicated to ensuring that all those that invest their time and talent in making music are paid fairly for their work, licensing recorded music in public and broadcast on behalf of 90,000 performer and record company members – a significant number of whom are from the jazz community.

John Smith General Secretary of the Musicians' Union, Helen Mayhew Jazz FM and Peter Leatham CEO PPL
John Smith General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, Helen Mayhew Jazz FM and Peter Leatham CEO PPL

During the ceremony, award presenters comprised of a host of British politician’s and home-grown UK jazz talent including; clarinettest and composer Arun Ghosh, PPL Chairman John Smith, luminary jazz vocalists Claire Martin and Jacqui Dankworth, and Member of Parliament and Baroness Coussins. Compere for the evening was Editor and publisher, of Jazzwise, Jon Newey “This has been a really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved winners 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”.

Camilla George and Jon Newey Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016
Camilla George and Jon Newey Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016

The full list of Recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Emilia Mårtensson
Emilia Martensson is a London based Swedish/Slovenian vocalist and has built a reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene. Her critically acclaimed contributions to Kairos 4Tet helped them to bring home a 2011 MOBO Award, while her distinctive voice led The Observer to deem her “The new face of British Jazz 2012”. Her most recent album Ana features her own songs and is an evocative reflection of her Swedish roots, bringing in folk and classical influences which prompted Jazzwise to write, “Exquisitely beautiful songs….Martensson has struck gold”. In 2015, she was chosen to take part in the Take Five professional development programme run by Serious and commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Emilia Mårtensson Claire Martin and Jon Newey

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Alexander Hawkins

Alexander Hawkins is a British pianist, organist, and composer. In addition to work with his long-established Ensemble, he also leads the Alexander Hawkins Trio, and is a frequent solo performer. Through his work in the group Decoy, he has been called ‘the most interesting Hammond player of the last decade and more’, and has ‘already extended what can be done on the instrument’. In 2012, Hawkins was selected as one the first group of young composers to be part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub programme, and has since been commissioned by the likes of BBC Radio 3, and the London and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals. Hawkins regularly performs across Europe and beyond, and has featured on upwards of 25 albums.

Jazz Album of the Year: ‘Let It Be Told’ Julian Argüelles (Basho Records)
‘Let It Be Told’ is Julian’s 12th album as a leader released April 2015. It is a collaboration with the HR big band with thrilling arrangements of powerful, vibrant compositions by exiled South African artists known as the Blue Notes, some of whom were living in the UK during the years of apartheid, and features Django Bates and Julian’s brother Steve Argüelles. The arrangements on this album remain true to the joyful spirit of the original compositions, while giving them a harmonic richness and depth. Julian is undoubtedly one of our finest jazz artists, respected and recognised internationally. He has been an integral part of the UK jazz scene for over 3 decades now and worked with artists ranging from Dave Holland and Bill Frisell, to Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Carla Bley and John Scofield. He has received countless commissions and awards for his playing, CDs, composition and arranging.

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Empirical
Talking to The Guardian in 2008, double-bassist Tom Farmer – a founder member of Empirical – remarked that ’empiricism is about observing and experimenting, not having a theory first and trying to prove it.’ At that time, all the band members were still conservatoire students, but they had already been hailed as ‘the most exciting band to come out of the UK’ by Courtney Pine, won the Rising Stars prize at Holland’s high-profile North Sea Jazz Festival, brought a Toronto concert-hall audience to its feet at an international gathering of jazz educators, and impressed the locals in that most demanding of jazz cities, New York. That year, trumpeter Jay Phelps and pianist Kit Downes left, and young vibraphone virtuoso Lewis Wright came in to join Farmer, saxophonist Nathaniel Facey, and drummer Shane Forbes. Since then, the membership has been constant, and so has the Empirical philosophy of curiosity, experimentation and development.

The past year has seen the evolution of some of Empirical’s most accessible yet exploratory work, and a level of audience interaction in the making of music they always regard as work-in-progress.

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Binker and Moses
Tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd startled the British jazz world last year when they released their debut album Dem Ones. Most young musicians would have opted for the more conventional trio or quartet setting, but this duo crackled with the kind of stark energy and daring ideas that one would expect from older players. However, both are graduates of the Tomorrow’s Warriors school who have made an essential contribution to the music of award-winning double bassist Gary Crosby, vocalist Zara McFarlane and pianist Peter Edwards. Binker and Moses have an impressive maturity well beyond their tender years.

Jacqui Dankworth Binker and Moses Jon Newey

Jazz Venue of the Year: Seven Jazz
Over the past nine years, Seven Jazz has evolved into a highly successful voluntary jazz promoter based in Leeds. Since September 2007 they have hosted hundreds of concerts and stood the test of time through an ever changing city landscape. However it is the way they have built the club as a community for Leeds’ jazz scene that is most impressive. Steve Crocker and his team host two regular concert series, a small festival and a programme of education that unites jazz fans and musicians alike. The club allows the opportunity for anybody with interest an accessible way into the music and their varied programming allows a vast array of styles to their stages and their demographic (both age and diversity) in performers is often well balanced.

Jazz Media Award: Jez Nelson/BBC Jazz on 3
Synonymous with the cutting edge of jazz broadcasting for 18 years, Jazz On 3 is a veritable institution, and Jez Nelson, who presented the programme so engagingly, is an inspiring figurehead. Throughout its lengthy run the show provided a platform for many of the more challenging figures in improvised music, recording superb live sessions by anybody from Evan Parker to David S. Ware and Joe Lovano. Furthermore there was a range of excellent features on different aspects of both the history of jazz and the life of a jazz musician that greatly helped to demystify and ‘humanize’ the artform.

Jazz Education Award: ProfessorDr Tommy Smith
Professor Dr Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO). These career-defining achievements are framed by his status as an international recording artist; a composer and arranger of extraordinary ambition; and not least, as a jazz educator.

His tenure with the SNJO has seen critically acclaimed performances and recordings of programmed and commissioned works including hugely popular treatments of Ellington, Gershwin, Mozart, Weather Report and Miles Davis. Tommy Smith is also founder/director of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and is current Artistic Director of the first ever full-time jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Services to Jazz Award: Mary Greig
As a young woman in the the late 1970s – 80s, Mary Greig was intensely involved with the London jazz community – organising weekly jazz clubs and summer courses for Jazz Centre Society (the forerunner of Jazz Services and Jazz UK); representing jazz on arts funding panels; organising jazz-related events and working in a jazz record shop.

Her passion for jazz led her to take up the production and publication of Jazz in London, a free monthly guide to live performance of contemporary jazz in London and the suburbs. As well as carrying the programme for the major jazz venues, the publication was intended to provide a cheap (or free) way for the growing number of small venues to publicise their events. She single handedly sourced the information, compiled the artwork and distributed copies to jazz clubs, arts centres, libaries and other venues (often on a bike!) Since those days, Jazz in London has grown from a single A4 sheet to a 16 page document, and is widely regarded by promoters, musicians and audiences as an indispensible guide. After 43 years of continuous publication, personal circumstances have meant that she has had to step down from Jazz In London this year.

Special APPJAG Award: Evan Parker
The standup comic Stewart Lee, an unexpectedly well-versed enthusiast for what’s sometimes dubbed ‘the sharp end’ of creative jazz, regards the now 71 year-old saxophonist Evan Parker as ‘the greatest living exponent of free improvisation’, and plenty of the jazz cognoscenti have shared that view as this unique maestro’s sound has liberated countless young saxophonists round the world, and the thinking of adventurous composers and bandleaders too.

As a mesmerising presence onstage, performing astonishing feats of respiratory endurance and technical multi-tasking, Parker grips the attention of even the most sceptical anti-avantists, and his charisma has advanced the cause of all kinds of innovative music. He has also built a new saxophone methodology from the ground up, as decisively and creatively as Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman or John Coltrane did – and in the process, invited fledgling jazz musicians and improvisers to find their own sound, and to believe that what is rejected or even ridiculed in one generation, can become the inspiration, technical guidebook, and creative nourishment for the next.

Special APPJAG Award: Michael Connarty
Michael Connarty was elected to Parliament in 1992 and quickly established himself as a fan and supporter of Jazz. Michael was Co-Chair of Parliament’s Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) since 1997, working on jazz development and promotion with PPL of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Jazz Services, Yamaha, promoters Serious and the UK’s Conservatoires. He was a Vice-President of the UK Jazz Collective, a patron of the Yamaha Music Education Initiative. During his 23 years as an MP Michael led the successful campaign with the Musician’s Union to extend copyright payments across the EU for recorded music to 70 years – from 50 years.
If it wasn’t for a certain Salmond and Sturgeon he’d have still been here tonight as Chairman of APPJAG. Hopefully since last year he’s been able to spend lots of quality time with his two granddaughters and his grandson whilst enjoying some Jazz. But tonight our new Co Chairmen Jason McCartney and Tony Colwyn and all the Officers of APPJAG would like to pay tribute to Michael and celebrate his legacy that sees this annual awards event still going strong. Tonight’s recipient of the APPJAG Special Award is Michael Connarty.

Jason McCartney 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 PPL for sponsoring the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.”

John Smith, Chairman, PPL, said: “We at PPL have been exceptionally proud and honoured to have been able to support and sponsor the special Parliamentary Jazz Awards since their inception in 2005. I would like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to Jason McCartney MP and to Lord Colwyn for doing such a fantastic job in co-chairing and running APPJAG as well as my thanks to Chris Hodgkins. I would also like to thank all the judges for their time and welcome Jon Newey, the Awards’ compere. These Jazz Awards remain a special night for Parliament, the jazz community and award recipients as well as for PPL and the music industry generally.”

Back by popular demand at this year’s ceremony were special guest performances by James Pearson and The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.

PPL have sponsored the Awards since 2005 and  is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast on TV and radio across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. PPL also operates an international royalty collection service helping members to get paid when their music is played internationally. ppluk.com / @PPLUK

The work of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

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The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) was set up by interested Members of Parliament in the UK to promote the use and enjoyment of jazz as a music form. The Group has over eighty members from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and is jointly chaired by a Member of the House of Commons and a member of the House of Lords. Until 2015, the joint chairpersons were Michael Connarty, MP for Linlithgow and Falkirk East and Lord Tony Colwyn, himself a very fine trumpeter and band leader. Administrative services were originally provided by Jazz Services. Michael Connarty pays tribute to former MP Bob Blizzard who served for some time as Secretary for APPJAG.

Michael Connarty recalls: ‘The great innovation that started with APPJAG was the introduction of ‘live’ jazz music in the House of Commons. This started with ‘Jazz In The House‘ which after six years is still held each November in co-operation with Serious and Radio 3 to celebrate the London Jazz Festival. It brings together those working in the industry as promoters and artists and jazz-supporting MPs and Lords, to talk about the ongoing state of the jazz scene, and has live music in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons’. M

‘The Jazz In The House event was the first event with ‘live’ jazz music and has been held for more years than the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.  It has been held for 13 or 14 years. It was sponsored in the first year by Arts and Business, with the assistance, believe it or not, of Ffion Hague (William’s wife), who told me her grand-father had been a professional saxophone player.  The sponsorship was taken up by BBC 3 and has in recent years been adopted by EFG who also became the main sponsors of the London Jazz Festival.’

APPJAG has teamed up with Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), the body responsible for collecting royalties for the playing of auditory recordings, and who have sponsored three other events with live music in the Commons each year.

Each January, there has been a ‘Youth Band’ event. The first band featured was Tomorrow’s Warriors with Guy Barker, and since then, others have featured the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra Octet with Georgie Fame; the TS Scottish Youth Jazz Orchestra Octet with Tommy Smith, the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra Octet with Dennis Rollins, ‘Hot House’ (formerly the East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra – EMYJO) with saxophonist Alan Barnes and the North East’s jazz Dave Hollandensemble, Jambone, with with their musical director, Skye-based trombonist, composer and arranger Rick Taylor.

In 2015, the guest artist was bass player Dave Holland. Dave has been based in America for some forty years now, but is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as well as holding honorary doctorates at Birmingham Conservatoire, Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S.A. and New England Conservatory. Since his professional debut in the 1960s he has played with a wide range of musicians including Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Hank Jones Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton and Gary Burton.

The young musicians who worked with him were members of the National Youth Jazz Collective, founded in 2006 Issie Barrett and for which Dave Holland is the President. Amongst them was saxophonist Alexander NYJC saxophonistsBone, winner of the first BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award 2014. Click here to watch the final.

NYJC ‘supports the creative and educational needs of the young jazz musician. It focuses on small group improvisation and creates a pathway of progression designed to support young jazz musicians from beginner to emerging professionals through a rolling programme of regional activities across England, the National Youth Jazz Summer School, and by supporting the needs of regional educators and music leaders.’ The Summer School this year for young people of 14 to 18 years of age will be held at Uppingham School in Rutland from 9th -16th August.

Pictures courtesy of Hayley Madden / PPL

Click on their website for more details (click here). Click here for a video of Dave Holland talking about NYJC.

The second main live event has been the Annual All Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As there was a General Election in May, 2015, the event was held earlier in March, but in 2016 the Awards were back to their usual spot in May.

Now in its twefth year the Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a premiere event in the UK jazz calendar and are voted for online by the Michael Connartypublic with a shortlist of nominations subsequently voted for by a selection panel of jazz industry figures. Judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) then choose the winners.

Former chairperson Michael Connarty told me: ‘These awards were a joint inspiration by APPJAG and PPL with the aim of trying to recognise people and categories that were not always on the roster of the Music Industry, like Jazz Education; Jazz Venue; Contribution to Jazz;Newcomer to Watch; Jazz Media Award, etc.

‘We ask for nominations from the public through jazz mags; jazz radio, and a wide listening panel draw up a short list from those nominations. Our committee listens in advance, MPs visit venues, and then APPJAG meets and chooses the winners from the shortlists. The event normally takes place in May each year with live music, and a very professional schedule overseen by our guest host in the past Moira Stewart and before her, Paul Gambaccini have looked after proceedings.’

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are held each year in the Terrace Room at the Houses of Parliament. The room runs parallel to the river Thames – you can see the terrace in those pictures of the Houses of Parliament taken from the opposite side of the river. Getting to the room is a journey. Entry is by invitation and as you would expect, security is tight, much like at an airport where all metal objects are placed in a tray on a conveyor and you are screened while holding up your trousers because your belt is in the tray. There is then a walk to the room through an enormous,Houses of Parliament Terrace cavernous, stone lobby and I am wondering whether that was designed to make a man feel small, humbled. Turn left along a corridor where statues of the great and the good look down on you (don’t blink!), across the Central Lobby where the political journalists ‘talk to camera’ and then down carpeted corridors serving busy committee and meeting rooms that say Parliament is not ‘nine to five’, and on towards the Thames.

As you walk, you feel the age and history of the building but not the enormous amount of wear and tear that is causing headaches for the government in how to deal with the maintenance and restoration work currently needed and the debate about moving elsewhere while work is done. The Parliamentary Jazz Awards might have a different venue in a year or two.

The terrace room is smaller than the ballroom where the JazzFM Awards were held, and there is no separate bar room, although people do go outside on to the narrow terrace above the river to talk and meet. At one end of the room, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars band plays and a small

Ronnie Scott's All Starsgroup gather round to hear Freddie Gavita’s trumpet solo. In the middle of the room, a temporary stage is erected for the Award presentations. The room is packed with people meeting the award nominees, renewing old contacts and making new ones. I argued last month about how important I think these events are for musicians, jazz venues and activities and the jazz scene generally. A time for recognition of what is being achieved; an opportunity for a coming together of people who make the world of UK jazz happen.

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars
Picture courtesy of Hayley Madden / PPL

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are promoted by a group of Parliamentarians. Parliament is much like a school or university in the way it has ‘out-of-hours interest groups’. ‘An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) consists of Members of both Houses who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest. In order to use the title ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’, a Group must be open to all Members of both Houses, regardless of party affiliation, and must satisfy the rules agreed by the House for All Party Parliamentary Groups.‘ There are many, of which the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) is one. They are all included in a Register where their purpose and officers are listed – for example there is an All Party Parliamentary Football Club Group whose purpose is ‘to play football and raise money for charity’ and an All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer whose purpose is ‘To keep cancer on the political agenda, monitor implementation of government initiatives, provide briefings to parliamentarians and ensure policy making is evidence based and patient centred.’ The general public is usually unaware of these activities and the range of groups is interesting to see (click here).

The purpose of AAPJAG is ‘To promote an appreciation of jazz music and to engage Parliament in an awareness of the issues facing jazz music, musicians and promoters.’ Of course, there are other benefits from APPGs in that they bring together different members of the House ofJon Newey Commons and House of Lords from all political parties who have a common interest. The current joint chairs of APPJAG are Jason McCartney, M.P. for the Colne Valley  in West Yorkshire and Lord Colwyn (click here for our page on APPJAG). The Register also records any registrable (financial) benefits received by the Group and for APPJAG there are none. As with the JazzFM Awards, these events are funded by sponsors. Parliament makes the venue available ‘with the permission of the Speaker’ but other costs are met by supporting organisations such as PPLUK, the organisation that licenses recorded music in the UK. (Jon Newey Picture courtesy of Hayley Madden / PPL)

The band stops playing and after an introduction by Jason McCartney MP, and then this year’s host, Jon Newey, Editor of Jazzwise magazine introduces the presentations. Unlike some other events, the audience is attentive and most of the nominees are present. It is quite an achievement to have so many talented jazz people rubbing shoulders in one place at a time – Liam Noble, Julian Argüelles, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Jason Yarde, Evan Parker, Jacqui Dankworth …… As the winners are announced, the band plays a few appropriate bars – a Scottish air for Dr Tommy Smith as he receives the award for Jazz Education. The award itself is a simple wooden wall shield, but the significance of the award is far from simple and I hope that Parliament and the sponsers enable the event to continue for years to come.

Award Winners

Picture courtesy of Hayley Madden / PPL

Lewis Wright

This year’s Award winners were:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Emilia Mårtensson (click here for a video of Emilia singing Harvest Moon)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Alexander Hawkins (click here for a video of Alexander Hawkins with his trio)
Jazz Album of the Year: Julian Argüelles, Let It Be Told (click here for a video introduction for the album)
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

Lewis Wright accepting the Jazz Ensemble award on behalf of Empirical
Picture courtesy of Hayley Madden / PPL
Jazz Education Award: Dr Tommy Smith
Services to Jazz Award: Mary Greig (for the Jazz In London gig list)
Special Awards: Michael Connarty and Evan Parker

Jason McCartney, M.P. told us: ‘I came to appreciate Jazz through the Marsden International Jazz Festival in my constituency. It was wonderful to see such amazing musical talent in Parliament and as the Co Chairman of APPJAG I look forward to nurturing and celebrating this musical talent for many years to come.’

The Yamaha Jazz Scholarships

In July the Group has held a Summer Jazz Gig where Yamaha sponsored the ‘Yamaha Jazz Scholarships‘. These Scholarships have been awarded annually to final year jazz graduates nominated by the six conservatoires of music in the UK that offer a full-time degree course in jazz. They are prestigious awards for the musicians and a chance for us to take note of exciting and talented youngYamaha Scholrs 2016 people who we are likely to hear more from in the future. The award ceremony is usually hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group at Westminster in the summer before Parliament goes to recess, but there was been a lot going on politically in 2016, so in view of the Parliamentary calendar, the Awards took place in October.

The scholars each received a voucher for £500 to put towards instruments and equipment at Yamaha Music London, plus a chance to record their music at Astar studios for a sampler CD that will be included with the December/January issue of Jazzwise magazine. The recording gives the scholars a ‘calling card’ they can use in their personal publicity.

The first part of the evening of the 25th October saw the audience entertained by reeds player Pete Long and his Quartet. The Scholarships were then presented before the Scholars played. On this occasion they did not have their own bands present and I wondered how a pianist, 2 bass players, 2 guitarists and 2 drummers would work as a group. With some changing Roz Macdonaldaround between tunes, the results were outstanding. If this is the music that will appear on the CD, then get a copy – it should be one of the best coming from this project.

The Scholarship winners for 2016 year were as follows and we plan to bring you more about them in What’s New in the months ahead. Click the links for a taste of their music over the past couple of years (These are not the tracks on the Scholars CD):

Mark Pringle (Piano) – Birmingham Conservatoire
Roz Macdonald (Double Bass) – Leeds College of Music
Will Arnold-Forster (Guitar) – Guildhall School Of Music and Drama
Jake Long (Drums) – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Tom Ollendorff (Guitar) – Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
David Bowden (Double Bass) – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Ben Brown – (Drums) – Royal Academy of Music

The General Election in 2015 resulted in some disruption to the activities of APPJAG. With a surge in Scottish National Party support, Michael Connarty was not re-elected to his seat in Scotland. Whatever the political implications, APPJAG lost a long-standing advocate for jazz, and jazz in the UK will miss an enthusiastic supporter of the music in Parliament. Michael Connarty’s work was recognised when he was presented with an APPJAG Special Award in 2016.

Lord Tony Colwyn continues as joint Chairperson with Kelvin Hopkins MP

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Lord Colwyn

Over the years Group has been involved in more than arranging the events described above. Michael Connarty explained:

‘APPJAG has been engaged in the serious business of contributing to government policy, and even European Union policy on matters as diverse as the changes in the Licensing Laws; the funding for Jazz as a music genre; the need for more allocation of time on radio for jazz music, and the campaign to extend the payment time for auditory copyright from its present 50 years to at least 95 years. Alththough we campaigned for an increase to 95 years after recording (from 50), we only got an extension to 70 years.  The Musician’s Union raised over 40 thousand signatures from musicians across the EU which helped convince the MEPs. Apart from meetings with organisations who wish to put their case to APPJAG members, APPJAG members have also undertaken meetings where we have had ‘full and frank dialogue’ with organisations such as OFCOM on radio licence allocations and the poor coverage of jazz music. Meetings have been held with ministers to which people from the music industry have put the case from the performers’ point of view. Meetings have even been held in Brussels with Members of the EU Commission on copyright extensionand publicity, and lobby meetings have been held to publicise the justice of the extension campaign in the UK parliament.’

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It is possible that many people are unaware of the valuable work being done by APPJAG on behalf of jazz in the UK, and it is reassuring to know that the Group is active and working in support of the music through the awards that are made; the bringingtogether of important sponsors in the world of music; the encouragement and support of young jazz musicians in partnership with the conservatoires of music, and the opportunities for a variety of people with interest in jazz to come together during the year.

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 The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2016

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Emilia Mårtensson (click here for a video of Emilia singing Harvest Moon)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Alexander Hawkins Alexander Hawkins (click here for a video of Alexander Hawkins with his trio)
Jazz Album of the Year: Julian Argüelles, Let It Be Told (click here for a video introduction for the album)
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 Awards:Michael Connarty and Evan Parker

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2015

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Norma Winstone MBE
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Laura Jurd
Jazz Album of the Year: Partisans Swamp
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Engines Orchestra
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Peter EdwardsPeter Edward Moira Stewart & Ken Clark MP
Jazz Venue of the Year: St Ives Jazz Club
Jazz Media Award: London Jazz News
Jazz Education Award: National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Services to Jazz Award: Chris Hodgkins
Special Award: Peter Ind

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2014

Jazz Vocalist of the Year  – Christine Tobin      
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year – Arun Ghosh
Jazz Album of the Year – Troykestra ‘Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival’
Jazz Ensemble of the Year – Beats & Pieces Big Band
Jazz Newcomer of the Year – Phil Meadows
Jazz Venue of the Year  – EFG London Jazz Festival  
Jazz Media Award – The Jamie Cullum Show
Jazz Education Award  – Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective
Services to Jazz Award – David Redfern
Special Award – Chris Barber

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2013

Jazz Musician of the Year – Guy Barker
Jazz Album of the Year – John Surman ‘Saltash Bells’ (ECM) [Click here to sample]
Jazz Ensemble of the Year – Impossible Gentlemen
Live Jazz Award – 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 (Head of Jazz at Royal Academy of Music)
Services to Jazz Award – Stan Tracey O.B.E.
APPJAG Special Award – Elaine Delmar

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2011

Jazz Musician of the Year: Brian Kellock.
Jazz Album of the Year: John Turville ‘Midas’ .
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Brass Jaw
Jazz Promoter/Venue of the Year: The Hideaway (Streatham, London)
Jazz Journalist of the Year: John Fordham
Jazz Broadcaster of the Year: Paul Barnes
Jazz Publication of the Year: ‘Goin’ Home: The Uncompromising Life and Music of Ken Colyer’ by Mike Pointon, Ray Smith, Martin Colyer.
Jazz Education Award: Dr Ian Darrington MBE
Services to Jazz Award: Coleridge Goode
A Special Award was made this year to Dame Cleo Laine.

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2010

Jazz Musician: Mark Lockheart
Jazz CD: ‘No Messin’ by the Gareth Lockrane Septet
Jazz Ensemble: the Nigel Price Organ Trio
Jazz Venue: the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
Jazz Journalist: Mike Flynn
Jazz Broadcaster: Alyn Shipton
Jazz Publication: Jazzwise
Jazz Educator: Dr Kathy Dyson
Services to Jazz: Brian Blane

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2009:

Jazz Musician of the Year: Phil Robson
Jazz CD of the Year: The Sam Crockatt Quartet ‘Howeird’.
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: The Ryan Quigley Sextet
Jazz Venue of the Year: Fleece Jazz (South East England)
Jazz Journalist of the Year: Kevin LeGendre
Jazz Broadcaster of the Year: Sarah Ward
Jazz Publication of the Year: jazzreloaded.com
Jazz Education Award: Richard Michael
Services to Jazz Award: Val Wilmer
50 Years Anniversary Award: Ronnie Scott’s Club.

The Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners of 2008:

Jazz Musician of the Year: Liane Carroll
Jazz Broadcaster: Helen Mayhew
Jazz Venue: Tithe Barn, Needham, Norfolk
Jazz Educator: Dennis Rollins
Jazz Publication: Jazz UK
Jazz Journalist: John Fordham
Services to Jazz: Paul Pace (of Ray’s Jazz)
Jazz CD: The Amadeus Project – Guy Barker
Jazz Ensemble – Empirical