The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group and supported by music licencing company PPL and Jazz Services. The awards allow the public to nominate their favourite jazz stars in a number of different categories, and are a fantastic way of celebrating those special individuals who make up our brilliant and diverse jazz scene.
Guy Barker and host Moira Stuart at the 2013 awards. Photo: Hayley Madden
The selection process has three stages:
First Stage - Nominations
Nominations can are made online at the Jazz Services website, and anyone is welcome to nominate in each of the following categories:
- Jazz Album of the Year
- Jazz Vocalist of the Year
- Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
- Jazz Ensemble of the Year
- Jazz Venue of the Year (inc. clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
- Jazz Media Award (inc. broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
- Jazz Education Award
- Jazz Newcomer Award
- Services to Jazz Award
Second Stage - Selection panel
Each year a selection panel is chosen to consider the public nominations. The panel represents a broad cross-section of backgrounds from the UK's jazz sector, with each member having their own particular area of expertise.
The Selection Panel collectively choose 3-5 nominees for each category from all the public nominations received. These selections are then passed to the 100 or so members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) for final consideration.
Final Stage - Winners
The members of APPJAG choose the eventual winners in each category from the Nominees chosen by the jazz selection panel, co-chaired by Michael Connarty MP and Lord Colwyn.
The winners are announced at the annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards held at the House of Commons.