Parliamentary Jazz Awards

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The Parliamentary Jazz Awards in the United Kingdom are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group at the Houses of Parliament in London. The group consists of over a hundred members drawn from across the UK political parties. The awards were the brainchild Bob Blizzard [Waveney MP] a long time enthusiast of the jazz genre who was concerned that there was a lack of national recognition for the work of jazz performers and venues across the UK. Bob was involved with organising and running the awards for 11 years. Also supporting the awards are Jazz Services, Jazz UK, Jazzwise,[1] the UK Musicians' Union jazz section, and PPL.[2]

There are nine categories:[3]

  1. Jazz Musician of the Year
  2. Jazz Ensemble of the Year
  3. Jazz Venue of the Year
  4. Jazz Journalist of the Year
  5. Jazz CD of the Year (released during the previous year by a band or musician)
  6. Jazz Broadcaster of the Year
  7. Jazz Publication of the Year
  8. Jazz Education Award (for a person who has contributed to jazz in education)
  9. Services to Jazz Award

In 2009, a special award was presented to Ronnie Scott's jazz club, as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the well-known London club that year.[3]

Winners[edit]

2015[4]
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Laura Jurd
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Norma Winstone
  • Jazz Album of the Year: Swamp by Partisans
  • Jazz Venue of the Year: St Ives Jazz Club
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Engines Orchestra
  • Jazz Education Award: National Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Media Award: London Jazz News website
  • Services To Jazz: Chris Hodgkins
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Peter Edwards
  • Special Award: Peter Ind
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
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
  • Jazz Venue Award: The Vortex Jazz Club, 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.
  • Special Award: Elaine Delmar
2012
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: Ian Darrington MBE
  • Services to Jazz Award: Coleridge Goode
  • Special Award: Cleo Laine
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: Kathy Dyson
  • Services to Jazz: Brian Blane
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
2008
  • Jazz Musician of the Year: Liane Carroll
  • Jazz Ensemble – Empirical
  • Jazz Venue: Tithe Barn, Needham, Norfolk
  • Jazz Educator: Dennis Rollins
  • Jazz Publication: Jazz UK
  • Jazz Journalist: John Fordham
  • Jazz Broadcaster: Helen Mayhew
  • Services to Jazz: Paul Pace (of Ray's Jazz)
  • Jazz CD: The Amadeus Project – Guy Barker

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