Voting will take place online this year. Juliette Kay reports:
The deadline for voting in this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards will be at midnight on 14 May 2021 and anyone may vote. In addition to the usual categories a pertinent new one has been added: the Lockdown Innovation Award.
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The Parliamentary Jazz Awards celebrate the diversity and breadth of the jazz scene within the United Kingdom. The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), which is co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann. On the aims of the award, John Spellar, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP commented: “These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, and journalists who keep jazz flourishing, in spite of the challenges they faced in 2020.”
- Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2020 by a UK band or musicians.)
- Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz)
- Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2020)
- Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard for jazz education in the UK)
- Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
- Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
- Jazz Ensemble of the Year
- Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
- Jazz Vocalist of the Year
- Lockdown Innovation Award
Listed below are the categories and the criteria for them:
LINK: Website to vote