British Jazz Awards Results Announced!

Thanks to all who voted in the 2013 British Jazz Awards. A full report of the splendid time had by those at the presentation, sponsored by The Jewellery Quarter BID, a full report of which will follow. In the meantime, here's the classified results:



  1. Enrico Tomasso
  1. Guy Barker
  1. Steve Waterman
  1. Bruce Adams
  1. Steve Fishwick




  1. Mark Nightingale
  1. Dennis Rollins
  1. Ian Bateman
  1. Roy Williams
  1. Kieran McLeod




  1. Alan Barnes
  1. Julian Marc Stringle
  1. Tony Coe
  1. Mark Crooks
  1. Pete Long


Alto Saxophone


  1. Alan Barnes
  1. Nigel Hitchcock
  1. Peter King
  1. Derek Nash
  1. Soweto Kinch


Tenor Saxophone


  1. Bobby Wellins
  1. Karen Sharp
  1. Art Themen
  1. Robert Fowler
  1. Simon Spillett




  1. Gareth Williams
  1. Nikki Iles
  1. David Newton
  1. Craig Milverton
  1. George Cooper




  1. Jim Mullen
  1. Martin Taylor
  1. Dominic Ashworth
  1. Dave Cliff
  1. Nigel Price




  1. Dave Green
  1. Alec Dankworth
  1. Andy Cleyndert
  1. Len Skeat
  1. Al Swainger




  1. Steve Brown
  1. Sebastiaan de Krom
  1. Bobby Worth
  1. Ralph Salmins
  1. Ed Richardson




  1. Jim Hart (Vibraphone)
  1. Alan Barnes (Baritone Saxophone)
  1. Mick Foster (Baritone Saxophone)
  1. Christian Garrick (Violin)
  1. Amy Roberts (Flute)




  1. Anita Wardell
  1. Lianne Carroll
  1. Claire Martin
  1. Val Wiseman
  1. Claire Teal



Rising Star


  1. Tim Thornton
  1. Laura Jurd
  1. Ed Richardson
  1. Henry Armburg Jennings


Big Band


  1. BBC Big Band
  1. NYJO
  1. Back To Basie
  1. Beats And Pieces
  1. Pete Cater Big Band


Small Group


  1. Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
  1. Tipitina
  1. Brass Jaw
  1. Great Wee Band
  1. Brownfield Byrne Hot Six


New Album


  1. Claire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care (Linn)
  1. Martin Taylor/Alan Barnes - Two For The Road (Woodville)
  1. Mark Lockheart - Ellington In Anticipation (Subtone)
  1. Courtney Pine - House of Legends (Destin-E World records)
  1. Lianne Carroll - Ballads




  1. Stan Tracey - Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid)
  1. Bobby Wellins Quartet - Birds Of Brazil (Hep)
  1. Joe Harriott - Movement/High Spirits (Vocalion)
  1. British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Volumes 1&2 (Lake)


That's All Folks!

Voting for the 2013 British Jazz Awards has now closed. We'd like to thank all of those who voted, along with The Jewellery Quarter BID for their support.

This years awards presentation will take place at St Pauls Church, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham on Wednesday July 10th at 7:30pm, during the week of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, with tickets available from For ticket enquiries email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0121 454 7020

British Jazz Awards Nominations Announced!

It gives us great pleasure to announce the nominations for the 27th edition of the British Jazz Awards, this year produced in association with The Jewellery Quarter BID for the first time.


Each year the awards bring together some of the most influential writers, promoters and broadcasters in mainstream jazz to nominate those musicians, ensembles and albums most deserving of recognition for bringing us the music that makes life that bit more worthwhile.


Now it's up to you, the public, to decide who'll walk away with a prize at this year's award presentation on July 10th. This can be done online at, using the paper form supplied with the forthcoming issue of The Jazz Rag magazine, or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


But there's more good news: our pals at The Jewellery Quarter BID have arranged for this year's presentation to take place in the stunning St Paul's Church, were for the cost of a ticket revellers can see a lineup of the best that British jazz has to offer sharing a stage and a tune or two. The presentation takes place on July 10th as part of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, with tickets available here.


The nominees are as follows:


Trumpet: Bruce Adams, Guy Barker, Enrico Tomasso, Steve Waterman


Trombone: Ian Bateman, Mark Nightingale, Dennis Rollins, Roy Williams


Clarinet: Alan Barnes, Tony Coe, Mark Crooks, Julian Marc Stringle


Alto Saxophone: Alan Barnes, Nigel Hitchcock, Peter King, Derek Nash


Tenor Saxophone: Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, Art Themen, Bobby Wellins


Piano: Nikki Iles, Craig Milverton, David Newton, Gareth Williams


Guitar: Dominic Ashworth, Dave Cliff, Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor


Bass: Andy Cleyndert, Alec Dankworth, Dave Green, Len Skeat


Drums: Steve Brown, Sebaastian de Krom, Ralph Salmins, Bobby Worth


Miscellaneous: Alan Barnes (Baritone Saxophone), Mick Foster (Baritone Saxophone), Christian Garrick (Violin), Jim Hart (Vibraphone)


Vocals: Lianne Carroll, Claire Martin, Anita Wardell, Val Wiseman


Rising Star: Henry Armburg Jennings, Laura Jurd, Ed Richardson, Tim Thornton


Big Band: Back To Basie, BBC Big Band, Beats & Pieces, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra


Small Group: Brass Jaw, Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, The Great Wee Band, Tipitina


New Album: Claire Martin – Too Much In Love To Care (Linn), Courtney Pine – House of Legends (Destin-E World), Mark Lockheart – Ellington In Anticipation (Subtone), Martin Taylor/Alan Barnes – Two For The Road (Woodville)


Reissued Album: Bobby Wellins Quartet – Birds Of Brazil (Hep), British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Volumes 1&2 (Lake), Joe Harriott – Movement/High Spirits (Dutton Vocalion), Stan Tracey – Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid)

We'd also like to thank our nomination panel for their time:


Bob Weir (Jazz Journal) Chris Hodgkins (Jazz Services) Cole Mathieson (The Concorde Club) Dave Gelly (The Observer) David Nathan (The British Jazz Archive) Dick Laurie (Allegedly Hot News International) Fred Lindop (Swanage Jazz Festival) Jerry Brown (Norwich Jazz Party) Liz Lincoln (Promoter) Lord Anthony Colwyn (Chair, All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group) Mike Gordon (Scarborough Jazz Festival) Mike Pointon (Jazz Writer)Peter Vacher (Jazz Writer) Ron Simpson (The Jazz Rag) Tony Augarde (Musicweb International)

British Jazz Awards Come Back To Birmingham

In association with the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust


The Jewellery Quarter BID have got together with the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival to capture the most important event in the British Jazz Calendar for Birmingham: the British Jazz Awards.

The 27th British Jazz Awards will be presented on July 10th at St Paul’s Church in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as part of the 29th Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival.

The return of the awards to Birmingham is a homecoming as they originated in Birmingham 27 years ago before being snatched by London in 1994. As well as bringing together an expert panel to nominate the best musicians, bands and albums across 16 categories, the public gets the chance to decide the winner.

You can cast your vote at, and get entered into our prize draw to win a pair of tickets to this year's awards presentation, featuring a performance from the winners in the kind of top drawer jazz lineup you only ever get at The British Jazz Awards. Those who aren't as lucky can buy tickets via Selly Oak based website TheTicketsellers.

A Night At The British Jazz Awards


The ‘Jazz Oscars’ have been around for 26 years, the Concorde Club at Eastleigh for over twice as long. How odd that it has taken so long for the two to get together!

In fact the two proved to be ideal partners. The British Jazz Awards, despite frequent changes of venue and in the format of the event, have consistently rewarded the best and most committed musicians in British jazz; the Concorde Club, under Cole Matheson, has consistently employed those same people, together with plenty of the top names from abroad. The 2012 occasion was a perfect marriage of venue, presentation and performance. The club’s ambience is just formal enough, the balance of Prize Day and all-star jazz session was just right and, despite a few absentees, there were plenty of major musical talents in fine form.

At the end of the evening, the encore reunited all the musicians and added singer Liane Carroll who clearly loved swinging in front of a high-octane eight-piece on Pennies from Heaven – a perfectly exuberant finale, but I’m not so sure that an entire 90-minute set of such frolics would have held the attention. Instead the evening, as planned by Jazz Awards organiser and Jazz Rag editor Jim Simpson, consisted of assorted smaller groups in much more disciplined performances.Prize winners present were Enrico Tomasso on trumpet, Alan Barnes on clarinet and alto sax, Karen Sharp on tenor sax, Dave Newton on piano, Alec Dankworth on bass and Steve Brown on drums, joined by Rising Star Jamie Brownfield (trumpet) and new CD leader/producer Derek Nash (baritone sax).

The opening Oh, Lady Be Good was typically loosely arranged, with a succession of fine solos, and left me with two main impressions. One was that Jamie Brownfield is a remarkably sensible and self-assured young man: not in the least over-awed, he also avoided the folly of being too competitive in the company of musicians who’ve been round the block a time or two. Also, apropos of nothing in particular, it struck me that how rich the vein of non-specialist baritone sax players is: Derek Nash’s solos had a joyful attack all night and there he was beside Alan Barnes (a close run thing on baritone for the Miscellaneous Instrument category) and Karen Sharp (a player I almost prefer on baritone).The balance, roughly speaking, was 3 to 1 in favour of music, just over half an hour of presentation and speeches, a good 90 minutes of jazz, which is about right, I reckon. Not that the presentation is unimportant. Local radio and television personality Michael Kurns carried off the proceedings with efficiency, affability, enough knowledge and no pretence of expertise, helped by Jazz Rag’s Yue Yang’s immaculately timed envelopes, awards and winning smiles. The speeches were brief, genuine and often amusing: for some reason Alan Barnes was the object of much of his colleagues’ humour, Alec Dankworth’s quip that he’d only won because Alan had given up double bass being followed by Alan receiving the guitar award on behalf of the missing Martin Taylor! It was particularly pleasing to find Courtney Pine’s award for miscellaneous instrument being collected by a very self-possessed student of his at Southampton University and, if Digby Fairweather’s typical mix of generosity of spirit and idiosyncrasy of style posed challenges to Cole Matheson (receiving on his behalf and reading his acceptance speech), it didn’t disturb the good humour of the evening.

I guess many readers will have in mind plenty of outstanding musicians who ‘should’ have won – I can think of several myself – but all the winners more than justified their awards on the night – and I don’t think there would be too much argument with Martin Taylor, Courtney Pine or Mark Nightingale, either. The welcome conclusion is that, whatever problems jazz has in this country (and the odd barbed comment about those was the only non-joyful note in the evening), a shortage of talent isn’t one of them.

A final impression of the evening is of equal enjoyment on and off stage, of a complementary rather than competitive atmosphere (though just competitive enough to add a certain piquancy) – and anyone who doubts that music can, of itself, be humorous hasn’t listened to Dave Newton, Alan Barnes or Steve Brown.Probably the stand-out crowd-pleaser of the evening came with a monster performance by the three saxes of Cottontail, with the supremely versatile rhythm section at their most exuberant. (Again credit to Jamie Brownfield who, given the unenviable task of following this, kept his cool with a boppish Sweet Georgia Brown). Liane Carroll’s two features, You’ve Changed and That Old Devil Moon, each with one sax and rhythm, drew on her full range from delicate balladry to uninhibited scatting. Karen Sharp’s trio version of Bye Bye Baby thrust attention onto Alec Dankworth and Steve Brown, the one all fierce concentration, the other all sunny insouciance, both immaculate and inventive throughout a varied and demanding set. Similarly with the Barnes/Newton duo reading of Blues in Thirds, Alan justifying his nomination for clarinet, while Dave was arguably the star turn of the evening, his playing, enhanced by the Concorde’s superb grand piano, moving from witty asides to adventurous flights to thunderous climaxes and always coming back to home base and swinging two-handed piano.


Editor, The Jazz Rag