PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARDS 2012 - WINNERS
16th May 2012
The House of Commons tonight played host to the eighth PPL-sponsored Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which was attended by a record number of MPs and peers in a cross-party appreciation of jazz music and its worth to the nation’s music and cultural scenes. 2012’s Awards saw the highest ever number of public voters registering to nominate worthy recipients in what is now they
The night was hosted by acclaimed broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, and guests were treated to a performance by James Pearson and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Those present included many MPs, Peers and renowned jazz musicians, including Jamie Cullum, Acker Bilk, Claire Martin, Laurie Holloway, Arts Minister Ed Vaizey MP, The Rt Hon. The Lord Prescott and Lord David Steel, as well as many friends and supporters from the jazz scene, music industry and further afield.
APPJAG Co-Chairman Michael Connarty MP said, “Each year we are knocked out by the consistent quality of the UK jazz scene, with long serving players, writers, educators and promoters being joined by a new generation of talent. We hope our Parliamentary Jazz Awards help encourage this creativity and draw others to share our enjoyment of British jazz.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
Jazz Musician of the Year - Bobby Wellins
Renowned for his fluent technique and the mournful tenderness of his tenor-sax tone, this tough wee Glaswegian has become a national institution. Under Milk Wood, his 1965 classic with Stan Tracey, remains his calling card, but at 76 he is branching out anew, recording with new admirers including pianist Kate Williams and vocalist Tina May. Critics and fans agree that he is playing as well as at any other time in a remarkable six decades in the vanguard of British jazz.
Jazz Album of the Year - Liane Carroll ‘Up and Down’
Liane Carroll is a hugely respected and admired figure on the
Jazz Ensemble of the Year - Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is the result of one remarkable musician’s pursuit of a dream - the Edinburgh-born saxophonist Tommy Smith. SNJO began with rehearsals in Smith’s living room in 1995, but it steadily moved forward to become an orchestra some of the best jazz musicians in the world welcome working with. The band’s ambitious programmes have included imaginative tributes to the famous ECM record label and to the repertoire of Weather Report, traditional ventures dedicated to the big-band swing of Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, and world-music adventures with Japanese taiko drummers.
Live Jazz Award of the Year - The Spin,
The Spin Jazz Club was set up in 1999 by
Jazz Journalist of the Year Jon Newey
Jon Newey’s 35 year career in music press publishing started at the music weekly Sounds in 1977 where, as Advertisement and Promotions Manager, he played a key part in growing the title to become the biggest circulation
Jazz Broadcaster of the Year - Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 programme gives jazz a mainstream platform on one the BBC’s most popular radio stations. He showcases an eclectic mix of jazz and music rooted in jazz, celebrating the heritage of the music as well as emerging artists. The programme is also now syndicated to stations around the world, from
Jazz Publication of the Year - Jazz
Jazz Services produces the magazine Jazz UK as the grassroots news journal of the
Jazz Education Award - Gary Crosby OBE
Gary has been making his mark as a jazz educator and bass player since 1991 when he formed the group ‘Tomorrow’s warriors’ as a platform for young musicians who want to pursue a career in jazz. The ethos is to encourage young people from all backgrounds but there is a positive move to encourage people of the African diaspora. Many women have come through the warrior’s training bands and have now secured places at leading music colleges. Gary Crosby through his organisation and outstanding teaching has achieved in 20 years what many would think would take a lifetime in regards to ethnic minorities and gender imbalances.
Services to Jazz Award - John Cumming
There can be few jazz enthusiasts in
APPJAG Special Award - Acker Bilk
Acker Bilk became the household name of jazz, with his hit, ‘Stranger on the Shore. It was in the charts for 55 weeks and was the first number 1 hit in the
The APPJAG has 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, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside of Parliament. The Group’s officers are Co-Chairs Michael Connarty MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary: Baroness Coussins and Treasurer, Kelvin Hopkins MP.
Jazz Services would like to extend its congratulations to all winners and nominees, and thanks to all individuals and parties who made this year’s awards a possibility.