Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021

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This years' Parliamentary Jazz Awards gives us another chance to celebrate some amazing musicians from our past, and our present!

The Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live to celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.

Singers Norma Winstone MBE, Georgia Mancio and Claire Martin, drummer Jas Kayser and saxophonist Nubya Garcia are among the recipients of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021, announced in an online presentation streamed from Pizza Express, Dean Street.

Norma Winstone, who has been at the forefront of the European scene for more than fifty years, received the Services to Jazz Award. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with Norma on variety of projects over the years, including the due-to-be-released album “She Said”.

Georgia Mancio received the Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award in the wake of her acclaimed Quiet is the Star album, her second recording with Grammy-winning pianist and composer Alan Broadbent. Claire Martin, in partnership with trombonist, arranger and NYJO Alumni Callum Au, won Album of the Year for their ‘Songs and Stories’ release. A member of the band from 2005, Callum held the lead trombone chair with the band from 2008 – 2012, and contributed over 50 charts to the band’s library.

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021
Best Album Winner! Callum was a huge part of NYJO for many years.

Saxophonist Nubya Garcia won Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year, following the release of her Mercury Prize-shortlisted debut album, ‘Source’, and London septet Kokoroko, whose mission to fashion new languages using Jazz and Afrobeat has won them Best Group at the Urban Music Awards and an appearance at the 2020 BBC Proms, takes away the prize for Jazz Ensemble of the Year.

Jas Kayser, the 24-year-old drummer and current NYJO LDN Academy educator won the Jazz Newcomer of the Year Award. Jas has worked with us in a variety of guises in recent times. She’s an amazing musician and a exceptional role model for our young participants – we couldn’t be prouder!

Nottingham Jazz Club Peggy’s Skylight won Jazz Venue of the Year. Women in Jazz Media, the international organisation of writers, photographers, painters, musicians, presenters, journalists, producers, and editors, won the Jazz Media Award. The Original Jazz Summer School, which began in Barry, Glamorgan in 1966 and launched an online school earlier this year, won the Jazz Education Award and The Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne won the Lockdown Innovation Award for its heroic determination to keep live music going during the pandemic.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this years event. The future continues to look very bright with such talented and innovative people representing the UK scene in so many exciting ways.

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