Australian Jazz Bell Awards

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Australian Jazz Bell Awards
Awarded for To recognise the talent and achievements of Australian jazz artists locally and internationally
Country Australia
Presented by Melbourne International Jazz Festival
The Australian Jazz Awards Limited
First awarded 2003–present
Official website bellawards.org

Australian Jazz Bell Awards, also known just as the Bell Awards or The Bells, are annual music awards for the jazz music genre in Australia. The awards were named in honour of Australian jazz pianist, composer and band leader, Graeme Bell, at their inception in 2003 at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.[1][2]

The awards were launched by State Minister for the Arts, Mary Delahunty, and Graeme Bell on 5 June 2003 to recognise the talent and achievements of Australian jazz artists locally and internationally. The awards were the inspiration of Festival Chairman, Albert Dadon and Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson.[1] Adrian Jackson said at the time, "The Bells will put the spotlight on the Australian jazz industry that it has never enjoyed before. These new industry gongs will recognise the achievement of excellence by many artists, record companies and venues, and will encourage others to match those achievements."[1]

In 2008, the Australian Jazz Awards Limited, a not-for-profit organisation with its own independent board, was established to present the awards which became separate from the Melbourne Jazz Festival committee.

Awards[edit]

2003 Bell Awards[edit]

The inaugural Australian Jazz Awards, or Bell Awards, were presented at Melbourne's Grand Hyatt Hotel on 28 August 2003, honouring artists in nine categories.[3][4]

Year Recipient Award Result
2003 Sandy Evans Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Australian Art Orchestra Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year Won
Bennetts Lane Australian Jazz Venue of the Year Won
Collected WorksAllan Browne Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
MikrokosmosAndrea Keller Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Making WingsJudy Jacques Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
The Soul of ThingsTomasz Stanko International Jazz Album of the Year Won
Aron Ottignon Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Ade Monsbourgh Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2004 Bell Awards[edit]

On 10 August 2004 a new artistic director of the Melbourne International Jazz festival, Carlo Pagnotta, formerly director of Italy's famed Umbria Jazz Festival, announced the 27 nominees of the Bell Awards.[5] The winners were awarded in nine categories on 25 August in Melbourne.[6]

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 Phil Slater Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Paul Grabowsky Nominated
Jamie Oehlers Nominated
The Necks Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year Won
Alister Spence Trio Nominated
Julien Wilson Trio Nominated
Bennetts Lane Australian Jazz Venue of the Year Won
Side-On Cafe Nominated
Hyde Park Hotel Nominated
Bob Barnard's Jazz Party – Bob Barnard Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
Catfish Row – Moovin & Groovin Orchestra Nominated
Now You Are Talking My Language – Society Syncopators Nominated
Big Small Band LiveMike Nock Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Tales of Time and Space – Paul Grabowsky Nominated
Strobe Coma Virgo – Phil Slater Nominated
The Secret – Alison Wedding Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
GoldVince Jones Nominated
The Crying Game – Michelle Nicolle Nominated
Suspended NightTomasz Stanko Quartet International Jazz Album of the Year Won
Up for ItKeith Jarrett Nominated
I'm All for You – Joe Lovano Nominated
Felix Bloxsom Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Aaron Choulai Nominated
Matthew Joddrell Nominated
Allan Browne Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won
Don Burrows Nominated
John Pochée Nominated

2006 Bell Awards[edit]

In 2006 Albert Dadon took over the role of artistic director of the Melbourne International Jazz festival, following differences with Pagnotta over the festival's direction. Dadon is chairman of the Australian Jazz Bell Awards.[7][8]

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Paul Grabowsky Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
The Necks Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year Won
Bennetts Lane Australian Jazz Venue of the Year Won
Live at Umbria Jazz ‘05Joe Chindamo Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
The Assemblers – Jamie Oehlers Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Moon of ManakooraJanet Seidel Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
The GroundTord Gustavsen Trio International Jazz Album of the Year Won
Aaron Choulai Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
John Pochée Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2007 Bell Awards[edit]

In 2007 Albert Dadon continued as artistic director of the Melbourne International Jazz festival and as chairman of the Australian Jazz Bell Awards.[9][10]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Jamie Oehlers Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
"Five Bells" – Paul Grabowsky Australian Jazz Composition of the Year Won
Five Bells and Other Inspirations – Allan Browne's Australian Jazz Band Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
You R Here - Session 2 – Jamie Oehlers Double Drummer Group Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
GraceLisa Young Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Shannon Barnett Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Don Burrows Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2008 Bell Awards[edit]

On 29 April 2008, the Australian Jazz Awards Limited presented the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, with Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard attending.[11][12][13] The awards were separated from the Melbourne Jazz Festival in 2008 and a new company was formed, The Australian Jazz Awards Limited, a not-for-profit organisation with its own independent board.

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Julien Wilson Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
The Fool Poets PortionEugene Ball Australian Jazz Composition of the Year Won
14 Little Creatures – Stephen Magunsson Nominated
The Thousands – Phil Slater Nominated
Cuttin' Capers – Sweet Lowdowns Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
The Misty Downs Session – Howler's Cotton Club Nominated
In-Sync – The Syncopators Nominated
Little Claps – Andrea Keller Quartet Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
The Drunken Boat – Allan Browne Quintet Nominated
The Thousands – Phil Slater Nominated
Phil Slater Quartet Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
Allan Browne Quintet Nominated
Julien Wilson Trio Nominated
Night LightMegan Washington Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Elana Stone – Elana Stone Nominated
Cuttin' Capers – Sweet Lowdowns Nominated
Sam Anning Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Bernie McGann Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2009 Bell Awards[edit]

On 23 April 2009, the Australian Jazz Awards Limited presented the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, with Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard attending.[14][15]

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 Live at the Famous Spiegeltent – The Syncopators Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
Lost and Found – Oehlers, Grabowsky, Beck Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Old Grooves for New Streets – Way Out West Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
"Till Death Does Me Part" – Johannes Luebbers Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Work Songs – Tina Harrod Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Jeremy Rose Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Mike Nock Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2010 Bell Awards[edit]

On 15 April, 2010, the 8th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented. [16]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 The Gathering Stu Hunter Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Homage Sam Anning, Allan Browne & Marc Hannaford Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
Epic Jonathan Zwartz Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
The Sea Jonathan Zwartz Best Australian Jazz Song Won
If You Were There Kristin Berardi Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Linda Oh Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Bob Barnard Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2011 Bell Awards[edit]

On 5 May, 2011, the 9th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented. [17]

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 The New Sheiks Leigh Barker Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
An Accumulation of Subtleties Mike Nock Trio Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
The Subterraneans The Subterraneans Best Australian Jazz Blend Album Won
Australian Art Orchestra/Young Wagilak Group Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
Song from the Highest Tower Eugene Ball Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Elly Hoyt Elly Hoyt Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Johannes Luebbers Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Tony Gould Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2012 Bell Awards[edit]

On 3 May, 2012, the 10th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented. [18]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Collected Works Volume II: Fifty Years Of New Orleans Jazz Alan Browne Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
1234 Nick Haywood Quartet Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Fish Boast of Fishing Peter Knight Most Original Australian Jazz Album Won
Andrea Keller Quartet Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
Spir Luke Howard & Janos Bruneel Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Kristin Berardi Meets The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra Kristin Berardi Meets The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Alex Boneham Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Brian Brown Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2013 Bell Awards[edit]

On 2 May, 2013, the 11th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented by Jazz Artist and Chairman Albert Dadon AM and with Tracey Curro as MC at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. [19]

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 A Great Day for the Race Flap! Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
Magnet MAGNET Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Sarcophile Marc Hannaford Most Original Australian Jazz Album Won
David Ades & Friends Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
Joe The Kid David Ades & Friends Best Australian Jazz Song Won
The Song That Sings You Here Chris McNulty Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Steve Barry Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
James Morrison Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Andra Jackson, Trailblazer still hooked, The Age, 3 September 2004. Accessed 18 November 2008
  3. ^ Webb, Carolyn (29 August 2003). "Top honour for jazz veteran 'Lazy Ade'". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
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  7. ^ Jackson, Andra (15 September 2006). "New jazz festival chief promises big names". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2006". The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Andra (3 May 2007). "For jazz Hall of Fame, it's plain and simple: is Don, is good". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2007". The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  11. ^ Jackson, Andra (30 April 2008). "Performer with sax appeal named top jazz artist". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
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  13. ^ "AICE presents Bell Australian Jazz Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year". Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE). Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  14. ^ Cashmere, Paul (24 April 2009). "Julia Gillard rings the Bells". Undercover. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
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  17. ^ "The Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2011publisher=The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
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