Nominations for 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards announced

The nominations have today been announced for the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Britain’s premier awards for the jazz loving public and jazz fans in both Houses.

Moira Stuart will host the ceremony, now in its ninth year, for the first time and which is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG).  Back by popular demand, there will be special guest performances by James Pearson and The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.

The awards are sponsored by music licensing company PPL and Jazz Services and feature nine categories.

Following the online public vote for the Awards via the Jazz Services website, the shortlist was then voted upon by the Selection Panel who represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their love and knowledge of jazz. The winners are chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group in Parliamentand will be announced at the awards which will take place at the House of Commons, Terrace Pavilion on 8 May.

The full list of nominees is: 

Jazz Musician of the Year
Christine Tobin
Guy Barker
John Etheridge
Jazz Album of the Year
Christine Tobin, Sailing to Byzantium
John Surman, Saltash Bells
Phronesis, Walking Dark

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Impossible Gentlemen

Live Jazz Award of the Year
Café Oto, Dalston, London
Herts Jazz
Manchester Jazz Festival
The Vortex, London
Jazz Journalist of the Year
John Fordham
Mike Hobart
Rob Adams

Jazz Broadcaster of the Year
Gilles Peterson
Helen Mayhew
Mike Chadwick
Jazz Publication of the Year
Catherine Tackley - Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Jazz Education Award
Brian Moore
Jonathan Eno
Nick Smart
Tommy Smith

Services to Jazz Award
Evan Parker
Keith Loxam
Norma Winstone
Stan Tracey

“We at PPL are delighted to continue our long standing relationship with APPJAG and to be the main sponsor of these Awards. I would like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to Michael Connarty MP and to Lord Colwyn for doing such a fantastic job in co-chairing and running APPJAG as well as my thanks to Bob Blizzard. I would also like to thank all the judges for their time and welcome Moira Stuart as the Awards’ new presenter. At the same time, I would like to acknowledge the fantastic job our previous presenter, the wonderful Paul Gambaccini, did for so many years and for being such a unique and virtuoso host of the event,” said Fran Nevrkla, Chairman, PPL. “These Jazz Awards remain a special night for Parliament, the jazz community and award recipients as well as for PPL and the music industry generally.”

Michael Connarty MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said, “These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. MPs and Peers in the All Party group are delighted to show their support for jazz by hosting another awards ceremony in the House of Commons to recognise this excellence. We are extremely grateful to PPL for sponsoring the event.”

The APPJAG currently has over 100 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 are Co-Chairs Michael Connarty MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins and Treasurer Kelvin Hopkins MP.