The marquee on the Houses Of Parliament terrace was yesterday evening suitably crammed with jolly jazz people drinking free wine while catching up with old friends. The generally understated sartorial style was enlivened here and there by a couple of Loose Tubes. As my “plus one” remarked, you don’t get sparkly plimsoles at a gas and oil reception.
That goddess among compères Moira Stuart kept things rolling along for the 2015 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group’s Parliamentary Jazz Award ceremony, despite the best efforts of sundry ageing MPs to indulge in political banter, and the winners in each category were revealed as follows:
Jazz Vocalist: Norma Winstone
Jazz Instrumentalist: Laura Jurd
Jazz Album: Partisans’ Swamp
Jazz Ensemble: Engines Orchestra
Jazz Newcomer: Peter Edwards
Jazz Venue: St Ives Jazz Club
Jazz Media: London Jazz News
Jazz Education: National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Services to Jazz: Chris Hodgkins
And worthy winners they all are.
The real treat of the evening for me was the appearance of veteran bass player, author, music producer, club owner, painter, environmentalist and Old Testament God look-alike, Peter Ind, called up to receive a special lifetime achievement award. How many musicians can say: “I played my first gig 70 years ago.”
The awards are sponsored by PPL.