The Recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards are announced:
Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Nikki Iles Big Band
Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Jazz Venue of the Year
PizzaExpress Jazz Club
Jazz Media Award
Jazz Education Award
Jon Eno BEM
Services to Jazz Award
Blow The Fuse
Special APPJAG Award
The Press Release states:
The recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 30 June at 20:00
The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group
(APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity,
talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.
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
John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: “These Awards demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to work with, and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”
Chi Onwurah MP, Deputy Chair of APPJAG: “This has been another really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved recipients are a veritable who’s who of
names that have made a real impact on the music and helped make the UK one of the world’s leading jazz territories”.
The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom. The awards have been running since 2005.
The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 116 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 inaugural meeting on 26th February are Co-Chairs, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP and the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP.
Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe and Baroness Healy.
The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Will Riley-Smith and Louis Flood. Website