Awards: the jazz world might have mixed feelings about them – “it’s not about winners and losers, man” – but we all quite like them anyway, and they do assist to heighten the jazz profile in the media and therefore in society, if only for a brief moment.
So here is a summary of the official press release from PPL concerning this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards:
The winners were announced yesterday (Tuesday 13 May) for the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Now in their tenth year, the Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) and are now Britain’s premier awards for the jazz loving public – plus fans in both Houses.
Sponsored by music licensing company PPL, the awards feature a broad array of jazz talent from within the industry, with this year’s categories being updated to reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene. The full list of winners is as follows:
Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Christine Tobin
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Arun Ghosh
Jazz Album of the Year: Troykestra Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Beats & Pieces Big Band
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Phil Meadows
Jazz Venue of the Year: EFG London Jazz Festival
Jazz Media Award: Jamie Cullum
Jazz Education Award: Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective
Services to Jazz Award: David Redfern
Special APPJAG Award: Chris Barber
- The full release is here.