British Jazz Awards Nominations Announced!

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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


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)


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