|A Parliamentary Jazz Award|
The winners of the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards have been announced.
Jazz Vocalist of the Year – WINNER: Cleveland Watkiss
Nominees: Georgia Mancio, Alice Zawadzki
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year- WINNER: Shabaka Hutchings
Nominees: Jim Mullen, Tori Freestone
Jazz Album of the Year- WINNER: Dinosaur – Together As One
Nominees: Shabaka Hutchings – Wisdom Of The Elders, Tim Garland – One
Jazz Ensemble of the Year – WINNER: Phronesis
Nominees: Partikel, Binker and Moses
Jazz Newcomer of the Year- WINNER: Nerija
Nominees: Corrie Dick, Ezra Collective, Jacob Collier
Jazz Venue of the Year – WINNER: Scarborough Jazz Festival.
Nominees: Watermill Jazz Club, Jazz Re:Freshed, PizzaExpress Live
Jazz Media Award- WINNER: Chris Philips
Nominees: Jazzwise, Kevin Le Gendre
Jazz Education Award- WINNER: Tomorrows Warriors
Nominees: Jean Toussaint, Andrea Vicari
Services to Jazz Award-WINNER: Tony Dudley-Evans
Nominees: Sue Edwards, Henry Lowther, Gary Crosby
Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen
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Kelvin Hopkins MP, APPJAG Co-Chairman, said:
“The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a great way for MPs and Peers of all political parties to show their support for British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in our country. From established stars to fresh new talent, the range and diversity of this year‟s winners shows the vibrancy and creativity of British jazz. We are extremely grateful once again to PizzaEpress Live for supporting the Awards and for Peroni sponsoring the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.”
About the awards: The compere for the ceremony held at the Pizza Express Live venue in Holborn was Ross Dines. The awards have been running since 2005. The Secretariat team for the awards is Chris Hodgkins and Sarah Pellew. The awards are sponsored by Peroni with the support of PizzaExpress Live.
About APPJAG: APPJAG has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians‟ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of 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.
I couldn't argue with any of these. Good nominees too.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up and best wishes for the future to everyone.