Sebastian writes:The nominations have just been announced for the 2019 ParliamentaryJazz Awards. The awards will be made at a ceremony at Pizza Express Dean Street on Tuesday 3 December 2019. Here is a video of a good friend of LJN receiving the Jazz Media Award in 2018.
The full list of nominees is as follows: Jazz Vocalist of the Year Claire Martin Georgia Mancio Cherise Adams-Burnett Zoe Gilby Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Brian Kellock Nikki Iles Jason Rebello Josephine Davies Jazz Album of the Year Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile Adrian Cox – Profoundly Blue Fergus McCreadie – Turas Jean Toussaint – Brother Raymond Jazz Ensemble of the Year Ezra Collective London Vocal Project Gareth Lockrane Big Band Jazz Newcomer of the Year Xhosa Cole Fergus McCreadie Luca Manning Jazz Venue of the Year Marsden Jazz Festival Bebop Club, Bristol Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton Jazz Media Award Jazzwise Magazine Kevin Le Gendre Ian Mann – Jazzmann Jazz Education Award Pete Churchill Jamil Sheriff Nikki Iles Services to Jazz Award Henry Lowther John Fordham Dame Cleo Laine The press release also states: “The nominees include a broad array of jazz talent from the UK jazz scene. “The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award. “Following the online public vote for the Awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel, who represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion and knowledge of jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will be announced at the awards ceremony at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn, London on Tuesday 3 December 2019. “Kelvin Hopkins MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: “These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honours the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to host another ceremony at Pizza Express Live and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.” “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 24th July 2019 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 Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins. “The categories for the 2019 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include: • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2018 by a UK band or musicians) • Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2018) • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2018) • Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2018) • Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters) • Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books) • Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK) • Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2018) • Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK). “The awards have been running since 2005. 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.” Press release text ends LINK: APPJAG website