NEWS: 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards Shortlists Announced

The 2016 Award Winners
Photo credit: Hayley Madden

The nominees for the 2017 APPJAG (Parliamentary) Jazz Awards are announced. This year’s awards – they have been running since 2005 – are supported by PizzaExpress Live and sponsored by Peroni. The awards ceremony will be at PizzaExpress’s new venue in Holborn on Tuesday 10 October.

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
Binker and Moses

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Corrie Dick
Ezra Collective
Jacob Collier

Jazz Venue of the Year
Watermill Jazz Club
Jazz Re:Freshed
PizzaExpress Live
Scarborough Jazz Festival

Jazz Media Award
Kevin Le Gendre
Chris Phillips

Jazz Education Award
Tomorrow’s Warriors
Jean Toussaint
Andrea Vicari

Services to Jazz Award
Sue Edwards
Henry Lowther
Gary Crosby
Tony Dudley-Evans

Concerning APPJAG, the Press Release, which has been issued by Chris Hodgkins,  the former head of Jazz Services, states:

“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.”

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