2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards nominations announced

The nominations have today been announced for the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which is now Britain’s premier awards for the jazz loving public - plus fans in both Houses.

British broadcaster Moira Stuart returns to compere the ceremony, now in its tenth year, and which is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG).  Back by popular demand, special guest performances by James Pearson and The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will also feature at this year’s ceremony.

The nominees feature a broad array of jazz talent from within the industry, including the Manchester Jazz Festival, a hot-point for jazz in the north of England as well as the city, attracting excellent UK and local artists; clarinetist Arun Ghosh, known for utilising a wealth of his Asian background in his composing; jazz singer and lyricist Norma Winstone MBE whose work has been revered internationally over decades and 24 year old trumpeter, composer and arranger, Reuben Fowler, amongst many others.

Sponsored by Collective Management Organisation (CMO) PPL, this year’s categories have been updated to reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene. They include: 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 via the Jazz Services website, the shortlist was then voted upon by the Selection Panel who represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their love and knowledge of jazz.  The winners are chosen by judging members of APPJAG in Parliament and will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place at the House of Commons, Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 13 May.

 “We at PPL are delighted to continue our long standing relationship with APPJAG and to be the main sponsor of these Awards.  I would like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to Michael Connarty MP and to Lord Colwyn for doing such a fantastic job in co-chairing and running APPJAG as well as my thanks to Bob Blizzard.   I would also like to thank all the judges for their time and welcome back Moira Stuart as the Awards’ presenter.” said Fran Nevrkla OBE, Chairman, PPL“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.” 

Michael Connarty 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 10th 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 in the House of Commons and we are extremely grateful to PPL for sponsoring the event.”

The full list of nominees is as follows:
Jazz Vocalist of the Year 
Christine Tobin
Lauren Kinsella
Norma Winstone MBE
Zara McFarlane
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Arun Ghosh
Laura Jurd
Mike Walker

Jazz Album of the Year 
Mark Lockheart ‘Ellington In Anticipation’
Soweto Kinch ‘The Legend Of Mike Smith’
Troykestra ‘Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival’

Jazz Ensemble of the Year 
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Kairos 4tet
Sons of Kemet

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Lauren Kinsella, Thought-Fox
Phil Meadows
Reuben Fowler Big Band

Jazz Venue of the Year 
EFG London Jazz Festival
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
Manchester Jazz Festival
Jazz Media Award
'Dizzy Gillespie Was At My Wedding: Jubilance and Woe’ by Dick Pearce
Jamie Cullum

Jazz Education Award  
Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective
John Ellis, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
Leeds College of Music

Services to Jazz Award
David Redfern
Evan Parker
John Taylor

APPJAG currently has over 100 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 are Co-Chairs Michael Connarty MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins and Treasurer Kelvin Hopkins MP.

For further information please contact:

Chris Hodgkins, Director, Jazz Services: 020 7928 9089

Email: education@jazzservices.org.uk