2018 British Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

It gives us great pleasure to announce the nominations for this year’s British Jazz Awards. They’ve chosen their four favourites in each of the 16 categories – now it’s over to you!

You can vote online at http://tiny.cc/britishjazzawards18/ until midnight on Sunday 21st October (note – this replaces the previously advertised date of 30th September), with the results announced on here shortly afterwards. Email jazzawards[at]bigbearmusic.com to obtain copies of the postal voting form to distribute at your jazz club, record society, festival or other gathering of jazz fans


The full list of nominees is as follows:


Bruce Adams

Enrico Tomasso

Freddie Gavita

Henry Lowther



Dennis Rollins

Ian Bateman

Mark Bassey

Mark Nightingale



Adrian Cox Music

Alan Barnes

Julian Stringle

Peter Long


Alto Sax

Alan Barnes

Paul Towndrow

Sam Mayne

Soweto Kinch Official


Tenor Sax

Art Themen

Dave O’Higgins

Karen Sharp

Robert Fowler



David Newton

Gareth Williams

Nikki Iles

Nikki Yeoh



Jim Mullen

John Etheridge

Martin Taylor

Nigel Price



Alison Rayner

Andrew Cleyndert

Arnie Somogyi

Dave Green



James Maddren

Sebastiaan de Krom

Steve Brown

Winston Clifford



Claire Martin


Georgia Mancio

Tina May


Rising Star

Alexandra Ridout Music

Daniel Casimir Bass

Nadim Teimoori – Musician

Nubya Garcia


Small Group

Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Nigel Price Organ Trio



Big Band

Beats & Pieces Big Band

Gareth Lockrane Big Band


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra


New Album

ART Records for “The Tour Continues” by Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet

ECM Records for “The Study of Touch” by Django Bates Beloved

Lake Records for “Thanks For The Melody” by Jeff Barnhart & Spats Langham

Woodville Records for “Ask Me Now” by Alan Barnes & Dave Newton


Best Reissue CD

Jazz Crusade for “It Looks Like A Big Time Tonight” by Johnny Parker

Lake Records for “My Tiny Band Is Chosen” by Freddy Randall

Esoteric Recordings for “Where Fortune Smiles” by Surman, Berger, Holland, Martin and McLaughlin

Upbeat Recordings for Sir Humph’s Delight by Humphrey Lyttelton


With many thanks to our nomination panel for their input:

Chris Hodgkins Musician and broadcaster
David Nathan National Jazz Archive
Denny Ilett Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
Gill Wilde Grimsby Jazz
Ian Darrington Wigan Jazz Festival
Jill Roger Glasgow Jazz Festival
John Billett JBGB Events
Lance Liddle Bebop Spoken Here
Laurie Burnette Jazz London Radio
Roger Cotterrell Jazz Writer
Ron Simpson The Jazz Rag