Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:39

2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards nominations announced

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Jazz Services has received the following announcement from our friends at PPL regarding the 2013 APPJAG Awards.  Nominations for the awards are announced below along with the dates for the awards ceremony itself.





The nominations have today been announced for the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, now Britain’s premier awards for the jazz loving public and jazz fans in both Houses.  Moira Stuart joins us to 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, we have a special guest performance 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: Jazz Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Ensemble of the Year, Live Jazz Award, Jazz Journalist of the Year, Jazz Broadcaster of the Year, Jazz Publication of the Year, Jazz Education Award, and the Services to Jazz Award.

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 Parliament and will be announced at the awards which will take place at the House of Commons, Terrace Pavilion on 8th 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.

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For further information please contact:

Jonathan Morrish @ PPL: 020 7534 1245 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Clare Goldie @ PPL: 0207 534 1121 /  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Editors’ notes:

Jazz Services

Jazz Services Ltd. provides support, advice and information for UK jazz, promoting its growth, accessibility and development in the UK and abroad. www.jazzservices.org.uk

Jazz Services publishes JazzUK, a free magazine with a print run of 30,000 that is distributed through venues, colleges, libraries and shops.

Jazz Services works closely with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), an autonomous body that receives its Arts Council England funding through Jazz Services. NYJO also receives funds from private donors, Youth Music and the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. Every year NYJO organizes over 100 open workshops for jazz musicians up to the age of 25 and more than 40 concerts.

Jazz Services gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England and PPL, and also the Performing Right Society for Music Foundation for their support on the Jazz Promoters Award Scheme.


PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of thousands of record company and performer members.    In 2011, PPL collected revenue of £153.5m.

PPL’s Broadcast and Online licensing covers the use of recorded music on the BBC’s television, radio and iPlayer services and by hundreds of commercial broadcasters. These include ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky, together with services such as Virgin Media and BT Vision.  PPL also licenses commercial radio networks such as Capital, Heart and Absolute Radio, online services such as Last FM and community, hospital, student and prison radio stations.

Public Performance licences are issued by PPL to hundreds of thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the UK who play recorded music to their staff or customers and who therefore require a licence by law. These can range from bars, nightclubs, shops and hotels to offices, factories, gyms, schools, universities and local authorities. PPL also licenses music service providers to copy recorded music for services such as in-store music systems, jukeboxes, fitness compilations and in-flight entertainment systems.

PPL also operates an International service, used by many of its members. Through agreements with over 50 music licensing companies globally, PPL is able to collect licensing revenue from the use of its members’ recorded music around the world.  Under these agreements with other music licensing companies, PPL also acts on behalf of its members to license their recordings and pay for their performances in the UK. The international collections market is very competitive, with numerous commercial companies offering similar services, but despite this PPL’s International service continues to grow significantly.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all revenue collected is distributed to members based on the music used by licensees and the extensive information contained in the PPL Repertoire Database. PPL does not retain a profit for its services.

With over 60,000 members, PPL has a large and diverse membership. Members include major record labels and globally successful performers, as well as many independent labels, sole traders and session musicians ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers – all of whom are entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.

PPL’s role and remit increases year on year. The company receives details electronically on a weekly basis for an average of 10,200 new recordings. Once this data has been fed into PPL’s databases, it is then passed on to PRS for Music for it to administer the relevant copying rights on behalf of the songwriters, composers and publishers. PPL also provides that data to the BPI and IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) to assist with their anti-piracy activities.

For further information please visit ppluk.com.