After a two-year tenure, Luca graduated from NYJO in January this year following a final performance with the band at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s.
The Parliamentary Awards began in 2005 to celebrate the vibrancy, diversity and talent of the jazz scene throughout the UK.
Following a public vote online, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel that represented a broad cross-section of interests and backgrounds. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), are due to be announced at 8:30pm on Tuesday 30th June 2020.
“These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honours the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to host another ceremony at Pizza Express Live and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG
The full list, including Luca’s nomination for Best Newcomer of the Year, can be found below:
Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Jazz Album of the Year
Seed Ensemble ‘Driftglass’
Yazz Ahmed ‘Polyhymnia’
Kate Williams Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio ‘Finding Home’
Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Byron Wallen’s ‘Four Corners’
Dave/O’Higgins/Rob Luft Quartet
Nikki Iles Big Band
Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Jazz Venue of the Year
Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
PizzaExpress Jazz Club
Jazz Media Award
Corey Mwamba “Freeness”
Jazz Education Award
UK Summer School
Services to Jazz Award
Blow The Fuse
Massive congratulations to Luca on his nomination. It’s always great to hear about the ongoing success of musicians who have come through NYJO. We wish him good luck!Roger Wilson, NYJO’s Head of Professional Development
In October last year, Luca sat down with us to discuss his debut album When the Sun Comes Out, which you read here.