Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020

John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: These Awards demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to work with, and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”

Chi Onwurah MP, Deputy Chair of APPJAG: “This has been another really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved recipients are a veritable who’s who of names that have made a real impact on the music and helped make the UK one of the world’s leading jazz territories”.  

The 2020 full list of recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Cherise Adams-Burnett

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Sarah Tandy

Jazz Album of the Year
‘Finding Home’ - Kate Williams Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Nikki Iles Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Luca Manning

Jazz Venue of the Year
PizzaExpress Jazz Club

Jazz Media Award
Corey Mwamba “Freeness” BBC Radio 3

Jazz Education Award
Jon Eno BEM

Services to Jazz Award
Blow The Fuse

Special APPJAG Award
Jazzwise

About the Parliamentary Jazz Awards

PLEASE NOTE CRITERIA FOR THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:

 

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2019 by a UK band or musicians)
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2019)
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2019)
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2019)
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
  • Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
  • Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2019)
  • Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK). 

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann.

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 winners

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Zoe Gilby
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Josephine Davies
Jazz Album of the Year: Fergus McCreadie's Turas
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Xhosa Cole
Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz, Dorking
Jazz Media Award: Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Jazz Education Award: Nikki Iles
Services to Jazz Award: Dame Cleo Laine
Special APPJAG Award: Henry Lowther

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 winners

Jazz Vocalist Of The Year - Ian Shaw
Jazz Instrumentalist Of The Year - Arun Ghosh
Jazz Album Of The Year - Denys Baptiste – “The Late Trane”
Jazz Ensemble Of The Year - ARQ - Alison Rayner Quintet
Jazz Newcomer Of The Year - Shirley Tetteh
Jazz Venue/Promoter Of The Year - Jazz At The Lescar in Sheffield
Jazz Media Award - Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here)
Jazz Education Award - Jean Toussaint
Services To Jazz Award - Jill Rodger
Special APPJAG Award - Gary Crosby OBE

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 winners

Jazz Vocalist Of The Year - Cleveland Watkiss
Jazz Instrumentalist Of The Year - Shabaka Hutchings
Jazz Album Of The Year - Dinosaur – Together As One
Jazz Ensemble Of The Year - Phronesis
Jazz Newcomer Of The Year - Nerija
Jazz Venue/Promoter Of The Year - Scarborough Jazz Festival
Jazz Media Award - Chris Philips
Jazz Education Award - Tomorrow’s Warriors
Services To Jazz Award - Tony Dudley-Evans