Tuesday 1 April 2014

APPJAG Parliamentary Jazz Award shortlists announced

Jazz in the North is well-represented this year in the APPJAG Parliamentary Jazz Award shortlist, which was announced today.

Arun Ghosh and Mike Walker are both nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year, while Reuben Fowler and Phil Meadows are up for Newcomer of the Year. Leeds College of Music has been nominated for the Jazz Education Award, as has John Ellis for his work with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. All the nominations for Venue of the Year as festivals this time round, including Manchester Jazz Festival and Beats & Pieces are up for Large Ensemble of the Year.

The winners will be announced at the House of Commons on May 13th.

These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 10th 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 in the House of Commons and we are extremely grateful to PPL for sponsoring the event. Michael Connarty, MP

Full list of nominees -

Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Christine Tobin
Lauren Kinsella
Norma Winstone MBE
Zara McFarlane

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Arun Ghosh
Laura Jurd
Mike Walker

Jazz Album of the Year
Mark Lockheart, ‘Ellington In Anticipation’
Soweto Kinch, ‘The Legend Of Mike Smith’
Troykestra, ‘Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival’

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Beats & Pieces Big Band
 Kairos 4tet
Sons of Kemet

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Lauren Kinsella, Thought-Fox
Phil Meadows
Reuben Fowler Big Band

Jazz Venue of the Year
London Jazz Festival
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
Manchester Jazz Festival

Jazz Media Award
‘Dizzy Gillespie Was At My Wedding: Jubilance and Woe’ by Dick Pearce
Jamie Cullum

Jazz Education Award
Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective
John Ellis, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
Leeds College of Music

Services to Jazz Award
David Redfern
Evan Parker
John Taylor

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