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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards - vote now!

There are lots of jazz awards now - the JazzFM, British Jazz Awards, Scottish Jazz Awards, the JJA awards etc - but arguably the most coveted awards are the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Everyone gets a chance to shortlist their favourite artist/venue/musician/album etc, the winners are then chosen from the shortlists by members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group of MP's  co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn. The awards are supported by PizzaExpress Live. The categories this year are

    Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2018 by a UK band or musicians)
    Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2018)
    Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2018)
    Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2018)
    Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
    Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
    Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
    Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2018)
    Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

The North of England has done well recently - in the last three years, clubs from the Norvol Jazz Network have won the Venue of the Year Award (JazzLeeds 2016, Scarborough Jazz Festival 2017 and Jazz at the Lescar in Sheffield 2018) showing the strength of jazz promotion in our region. Last year too Lancy Liddle from Newcastle won the Jazz Media award. Let's try and make it a fourth great year! Place your votes here by FRIDAY 31 MAY ...

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