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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Parliament gets something right!

(pic Tatiana Gorilovsky <tagorra@gmail.com>)

From Steve Crocker
I was really pleased to present the award of jazz vocalist of the year to a real favourite in our area, Newcastle's Zoe Gilby, who is not only a fantastic singer but also does so much to support jazz promoters in the region.

The ceremony was held at the Pizza Express in London's and winners came from many parts of the UK jazz scene - not just the London which tends to get all the plaudits in the jazz press at the moment. There was a really interesting diverse and eclectic mix of winners this year- it gave a good snap-shot view of what is new and current in jazz while still giving due respect to people who've been involved for most of their lives. Lovely to see that so many of the nominees and winners have links to Northern Jazz promoter venues too - including Barney Stevenson from Marsden Jazz Fest and Jamil Sheriff from Leeds College of Music

The awards this year were:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Zoe Gilby
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Josephine Davies
Jazz Album of the Year: Fergus McCreadie – Turas
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Xhosa Cole
Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz, Dorking
Jazz Media Award: Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Jazz Education Award: Nikki Iles
Services to Jazz Award: Dame Cleo Laine
Special APPJAG Award: Henry Lowther 

More details here https://londonjazznews.com/2019/12/04/2019-parliamentary-jazz-award-winners

Steve Crocker
Northern Jazz Promoters/JazzLeeds

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