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
Website bellawards.org

Australian Jazz Bell Awards, also known as the Bell Awards or The Bells, are annual music awards for the jazz music genre in Australia. They were named in honour of Australian jazz pianist, composer and band leader, Graeme Bell (1914–2012), at their inception in 2003 at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.[1]

The awards were announced by Bell and Victoria's Minister for the Arts, Mary Delahunty, on 5 June 2003 to recognise the talent and achievements of Australian jazz artists locally and internationally. They were the inspiration of festival chairman, Albert Dadon, and its artistic director, Adrian Jackson. The latter explained, "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."[2] The awards were not presented in 2005.

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. The number and title of categories have varied with nine to six artists being honoured.

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 Nominee/work Award Result
2003 Sandy Evans Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Australian Art Orchestra Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year Won
Bennetts Lane Big Band 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, honouring artists in nine categories.[5] The winners were awarded in nine categories on 25 August in Melbourne.[6]

Year Nominee/work 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 Big Band Australian Jazz Venue of the Year Won
Side-On Cafe Nominated
Hyde Park Hotel Nominated
Bob Barnard's Jazz PartyBob Barnard Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
Catfish RowMoovin' & Groovin' Orchestra Nominated
Now You Are Talking My LanguageSociety Syncopators Nominated
Big Small Band LiveMike Nock Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Tales of Time and SpacePaul Grabowsky Nominated
Strobe Coma VirgoPhil Slater Nominated
The SecretAlison Wedding Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
GoldVince Jones Nominated
The Crying GameMichelle Nicolle Nominated
Suspended NightTomasz Stanko Quartet International Jazz Album of the Year Won
Up for ItKeith Jarrett Nominated
I'm All For YouJoe Lovano Nominated
Felix Bloxsom Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Aaron Choulai Nominated
Mat Jodrell 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, honouring artists in nine categories.[7][8]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Paul Grabowsky Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
The Necks Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year Won
Bennetts Lane Big Band Australian Jazz Venue of the Year Won
Live at Umbria Jazz '05Joe Chindamo Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
The AssemblersJamie 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, honouring artists in seven categories.[9][10]

Year Nominee/work 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 InspirationsAllan 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, to run the ceremony. They honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work 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 CreaturesStephen Magunsson Nominated
The ThousandsPhil Slater Nominated
Cuttin' CapersSweet Lowdowns Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
The Misty Downs SessionHowler's Cotton Club Nominated
In-SyncThe Syncopators Nominated
Little ClapsAndrea Keller Quartet Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
The Drunken BoatAllan Browne Quintet Nominated
The ThousandsPhil 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 StoneElana 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] They honoured artists in seven categories.

Year Nominee/work 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 StreetsWay Out West Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
"Till Death Does Me Part" – Johannes Luebbers Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Work SongsTina 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 7th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented.[16] They honoured artists in seven categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 The GatheringStu Hunter Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
HomageSam Anning, Allan Browne, Marc Hannaford Best Australian Classic Jazz Album Won
EpicJonathan Zwartz Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
"The Sea" – Jonathan Zwartz Best Australian Jazz Song Won
If You Were ThereKristin 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 8th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented.[17] They honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 The New SheiksLeigh Barker Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
An Accumulation of SubtletiesMike 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 TowerEugene Ball Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Elly HoytElly 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 9th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented.[18] They honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Collected Works Volume II: Fifty Years of New Orleans Jazz – Alan Browne Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
1234Nick Haywood Quartet Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
Fish Boast of FishingPeter 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 OrchestraKristin Berardi Meets 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 10th 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] They honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 A Great Day for the RaceFlap! Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
MagnetMAGNET Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
SarcophileMarc 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 HereChris 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

2014 Bell Awards[edit]

On 1 May 2014 the 11th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented by jazz artist and Australian Jazz Awards Limited chairman, Albert Dadon, with Tracey Curro as MC at Melbourne's Plaza Ballroom.[20][21] They honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 This Is Always – Julien Wilson Quartet Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
Monash Art Ensemble – Monash Art Ensemble Best Australian Contemporary Avant-garde Jazz Album Won
Wave RiderAndrea Keller Quartet Best Australian Modern Jazz Album Won
This Is Always – Julien Wilson Quartet Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
"Trout River" – Julien Wilson Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Rise and Fall – Allira Wilson Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Monash Art Ensemble – Joseph O'Connor Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Judy Bailey Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2015 Bell Awards[edit]

On 30 April 2015 the 12th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented and hosted by Helen Kapalos at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.[22][23] Nominees were announced on 20 April.[24] The ceremony honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 A-Z of JazzJames Morrison Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album Won
The Hunters & Pointers – The Hunters & Pointers Nominated
Clarence Williams Tribute – Geoff Bull Nominated
Hexis – Monash Art Ensemble, George Lewis Best Australian Contemporary Avant-garde Jazz Album Won
Don't Feed – Trio Feral, Barney McAll Nominated
My Cuban Soul – Paul van Ross Nominated
Su Su Nje – Daniel Susnjar Best Australian Modern Jazz Album Won
The Bitter SuitePaul Grabowsky Nominated
The Last Sanctuary – James Mustafa Orchestra Nominated
Suite SimaMike Nock Octet Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
Su Su Nje – Daniel Susnjar Nominated
Return JourneyDaryl McKenzie Orchestra Nominated
"Forte Pulse Torte" – Daniel Susnjar Best Australian Jazz Song Won
"Black Saffron" – Paul Grabowsky Nominated
"Some Kind of Dream" – Penelope Sai Nominated
We Could Be LoversSarah McKenzie Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Songs of Friends – Josh Kyle & Sam Keevers Nominated
Aspirations – Tom Barton Nominated
The Last Sanctuary – James Mustafa Orchestra Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Inverno – Nic Vardenga Nominated
Not Alone – Jessica Carlton Nominated
Graeme Lyall Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2016 Bell Awards[edit]

On 20 June 2016 the 13th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented at Bird's Basement, Melbourne.[25][26] Nominees were announced on 12 May.[25] The ceremony honoured artists in eight categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 MooroolbarkBarney McAll Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album Won
Lady LuckAngela Davis Nominated
This Narrow Isthmus – Julien Wilson Quartet Nominated
Ithaca Bound – Allan Browne Quintet Best Australian Small Jazz Band Won
Mooroolbark – Barney McAll & Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit Nominated
Alister Spence Trio: LiveAlister Spence Trio Nominated
Beginning and End of KnowingMike Nock / Laurence Pike Best Produced Album Won
Mooroolbark – Barney McAll Nominated
Lady Luck – Angela Davis Nominated
2015 Live Performance CompilationJazzgroove Mothership Orchestra Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group – Daniel Susnjar Nominated
Music for Average Photography – Mace Francis Orchestra Nominated
"Nectar Spur" – Barney McAll Best Australian Jazz Song Won
"Weeping Willow" – Julien Wilson Quartet Nominated
"A Thousand Feet from Bergen Street" – Angela Davis Nominated
Where or WhenKristin Berardi Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
ProvenanceVince Jones & Paul Grabowsky Nominated
Keep an Eye on Spring – Olivia Chindamo Nominated
Keep an Eye on Spring – Olivia Chindamo Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Counter Clockwork – James McLean Nominated
Manticore – Niran Dasika Nominated
Joe Chindamo Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2017 Bell Awards[edit]

On 15 May 2017 the 14th Australian Jazz Bell Awards were presented at Bird's Basement, Melbourne.[27] Nominees were announced on 27 April.[28] The ceremony honoured artists in seven categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2017 Consider ThisAndrea Keller and Tim Wilson Duo Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album Won
Iron in the Blood – Jeremy Rose and the Earshift Orchestra Nominated
Stu Hunter Nominated
Iron in the Blood – Jeremy Rose and the Earshift Orchestra Best Produced Album Won
Consider This – Andrea Keller and Tim Wilson Duo Nominated
The Migration – Stu Hunter Nominated
The Migration – Stu Hunter Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing – Michelle Nicolle Quartet Nominated
The Vampires Nominated
"Eagle Fish" – Stu Hunter Best Australian Jazz Song Won
Andrea Keller and Tim Wilson Duo Nominated
Eugene Ball 4tet Nominated
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing – Michelle Nicolle Quartet Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Kristin Bernardi Nominated
The Migration – Stu Hunter Nominated
Harry Mitchell Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Ted Vining Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

2018 Bell Awards[edit]

Source:[29] They honoured artists in seven categories.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 Still Night: Music in PoetryAndrea Keller Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Won
Hearing the BloodBarney McAll Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album Won
Hearing the BloodBarney McAll Best Produced Album Won
"Judgement Day" – Speedball Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year Won
Hearing the BloodBarney McAll Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year Won
Skyline – Evan Harris Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Won
Bob Sedergreen Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Won

See also[edit]

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