And the third ever winner of an Ivors Jazz Award is…

Django Bates. Luleå, Sweden, 2013 Photo credit John Kelman. All Rights Reserved
Stan Tracey won an Ivor Award for Jazz in 2012… John Surman was awarded one in 2017… and today at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane in London, Django Bates became the third winner. The citation states : “A musical polymath and prodigiously gifted composer, Bates has been at the heart of Britain’s jazz scene for the last 40 years. The award acknowledged his unique and exceptional talent and his relentless drive to collaborate and seek out new possibilities to explore where jazz can go.”  The full list of award winners is below. Django Bates will be at Wigmore Hall on 14 July with a new project with his trio and Evan Parker. It will be a double celebration of Evan Parker’s 75th birthday and a look ahead to Charlie Parker’s centenary next year. LINK: Ivors Academy Website

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