The individual award categories look fairly sensible. I particularly like the Cutting Edge award. I am never quite sure why singers get their own category but all the instrumentalists are lumped together (perhaps we should be told how many singers there are in the land and how many instrumentalists, in the style of Paxman on University Challenge: “the team from Yeolde College, Oxford, are representing 400 students; the team from Nuformerpoly University are representing 250,000 students). I like that there is a completely wild card in there (it’s funk band PB Underground in my opinion, though your wild card may differ from mine, just as your theories for inclusion (a personal fave of a panellist? an imposition from the organisers to show breadth and accessibility?) may also be different.
The only glaring omission so far spotted in the nominations (I’m sure there will be others that occur to me in the following days) is LondonJazz blog from the Jazz Media category, but maybe that’s because Sebastian Scotney, LondonJazz‘s modest main man, was on the panel (on other hand, allaboutjazz.com is on the shortlist and the panel also included that site’s editor John Kelman).
Oh no, there is another glaring omission! And a totally mystifying one, what with Stuart Nicholson on the panel and all. Can you spot it?
The official announcement on Jazz FM’s website says it all, so I’ll just cut and paste that, though it does have one error I have spotted: Tony Dudley-Evans, one of the final panel of judges on award night, is Jazz Adviser for THSH’s Jazzlines programme, not Artistic Director of Birmingham Jazz. Come on Jazz FM, get with the programme – you can read more than enough about that saga elsewhere on this blog…
Here you go, then:
With three months to go until the first Jazz FM Awards Powered by Klipsch, the nominations have been announced today, revealing that 2013 sees Jamie Cullum up for UK Jazz Artist of the Year and Sonny Rollins up for International Artist of the Year. Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper will go head to head in the Album of the Year Award.
The 34 nominations recognise and commend those who have made exceptional contributions to jazz this year. The awards see new talent and legends up for the coveted gongs and the public will have the opportunity to get involved too with a public vote for the UK Jazz Artist of the Year. The public voting will begin on 1st November 2012.
The nominations were chosen by a 13-strong panel of experts which included jazz journalists Clive Davis, Mike Hobart, Rob Adams, Stuart Nicholson and Seb Scotney; the live jazz promoters Steve Rubie (the 606 Club), Paul Pace (Ronnie Scott’s) and Ross Dines (Pizza Express); and international commentators including John Kelman (editor of AllAboutJazz .com), chair of the US Jazz Journalists Association Howard Mandel and Peter Schulze of the German jazz expo Jazzahead.
The winners will be named at the awards ceremony on January 31st at Number One Marylebone and will be selected by an expert panel of judges including: John Cumming, Director of Serious Productions, Tony Dudley-Evans, Artistic Director of Birmingham Jazz (sic) and of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Alex Webb, Songwriter, Musician and Journalist.
Judges have been selected based on their roles and contributions to the jazz industry, with the UK Jazz Artist of the Year Award up for public vote. Online voting opens on 1st November 2012, at www.jazzfmawards.com and voters have the opportunity to win a pair of Klipsch headphones.
The Jazz FM Awards Nominees are:
International Jazz Artist
Cutting Edge Award for Jazz Innovation
Album Of The Year
Robert Glasper: Black Radio
Keith Jarrett: Sleeper
Pat Metheny: Unity Band
Gregory Porter: Be Good
John Surman: Saltash Bells
Ryan Truesdell: Centenial (Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans)
AllAboutJazz .com (website)
Do The Math (website of Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus)
Best UK Newcomer
Beats & Pieces Big Band (Troyka feat. Kit Downes on the originally announced list but now changed, presumably to spread the love!)
UK Jazz Artist of the Year
Neil Cowley Trio
UK Vocalist of the year
UK Instrumentalist of the year
Nathaniel Facey (saxophonist with Empirical)
Ivo Neame (pianist with Phronesis)
Live UK shows of the year
Best UK Jazz Venue
Band on the Wall
The event is invitation only and with fewer than 270 guests, the event is an exclusive and intimate celebration, but will be broadcast live on Jazz FM with video highlights of the awards and performances available online.
More information on the award categories can be found at www.jazzfmawards.com