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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

2018 British Jazz Awards Results Announced

(Press release)
After receiving votes more than 5500 jazz fans across the length and breadth of the UK, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 British Jazz Awards.

Now in their 32nd year, the British Jazz Awards were established to give the array of talented jazz musicians in this country they deserve by allowing the gig-going, record buying public on they thought the best performers, bands and releases were in the last 12 months, via post and an online survey.

The four nominations in each of the 16 categories were selected by a group of respected figures within the Jazz community, a list of whom is included below. In addition, voters had the chance to vote for any musicians not nominated who they considered worthy of a placing as a ‘write-in’ vote – the highest placed of these from each category are included in the final listings

Despite the continued brilliance of all of the nominees over years (and in some cases, decades), a majority of last year’s winners failed to make it two in a row, with Winston Clifford topping the polls in the Drums category for the first time while Kansas Smitty’s House Band and The Gareth Lockrane Big Band making debut wins in the Small Group and Big Band categories. In addition, it was third time lucky for young trumpet star Alexandra Ridout, who walked away with the hotly contested Rising Star award, given to the best up and coming musician under 25.
The results in full are as follows :
Trumpet
1
Enrico Tomasso     
2
Bruce Adams
3
Freddie Gavita
4
Henry Lowther
5
James Copus

Trombone
1
Mark Nightingale
2
Dennis Rollins
3
Mark Bassey
4
Ian Bateman
5
Annie Whitehead
Clarinet
1
Alan Barnes
2
Adrian Cox  
3
Pete Long
4
Julian Marc Stringle
5
Mark Crooks
Alto Sax
1
Alan Barnes
2
Soweto Kinch
3
Sam Mayne
4
Paul Towndrow
5
Mike Chillingworth

Tenor Sax
1
Karen Sharp
2
Dave O’Higgins
3
Art Themen
4
Robert Fowler
5
John Hallam
Piano
1
Dave Newton
2
Nikki Iles
3
Gareth Williams
4
Nikki Yeoh
5
Craig Milverton
Guitar
1
Jim Mullen
2
Martin Taylor
3
John Etheridge
4
Nigel Price
5
Dominic Ashworth
Double Bass
1
Dave Green
2
Alison Rayner
3
Arnie Somogyi
4
Andrew Cleyndert
5
Calum Gourlay


Drums
1
Winston Clifford
2
James Maddren
3
Steve Brown
4
Sebastiaan De Krom
5
Clark Tracey
Vocals
1
Claire Martin
2
Clare Teal
3
Tina May
4
Georgia Mancio 
5
Sara Dowling

Miscellaneous Instrument
1
Courtney Pine (soprano sax)
2
Ross Stanley (organ)
3
Emma Fisk (violin)
4
Andy Panayi (flute)
5
Ben Holder (violin)



Rising Star
1
Alexandra Ridout
2
Nubya Garcia
3
Nadim Teimoori
4
Daniel Casimir
5
Alex Clarke



Small Group
1
Kansas Smitty’s House Band
2
Nigel Price Organ Trio
3
Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
4
Tipitina
5
Alison Rayner Quintet



Big Band
1
Greth Lockrane Big Band
2
NYJO
3
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
4
Beats & Pieces
5
Calum Gourlay Big Band

Best New Album
1
Woodville Records: “Ask Me Now”- Alan Barnes & Dave Newton
2
ECM Records: “The Study of Touch” – Django Bates Beloved
3
ART Records: “The Tour Continues” - Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet
4
Lake Records: “Thanks For The Melody” - Jeff Barnhart & Spats Langham
5
33 Jazz Records for "Risky Furniture" by Paul Jolly and Mike Adcock
Best Re-issue Album
1
Upbeat Recordings: “Sir Humph’s Delight” - Humphrey Lyttelton
2
Esoteric Recordings: “Where Fortune Smiles” – McLaughlin, Surman, Berger, Holland And Martin
3
Jazz Crusade: “It Looks Like A Big Time Tonight” - Johnny Parker
4
Lake Records: “My Tiny Band Is Chosen” - Freddy Randall
5
Gearbox Records: "Monk" - Thelonious Monk

With Thanks to our Nomination Panel:

Chris Hodgkins
Musician and broadcaster
David Nathan
National Jazz Archive
Denny Ilett
Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
Gill Wilde
Grimsby Jazz
Ian Darrington
Wigan Jazz Festival
Jill Roger
Glasgow Jazz Festival
John Billett
JBGB Events
Lance Liddle
Bebop Spoken Here
Laurie Burnette
Jazz London Radio
Roger Cotterrell
Jazz Writer
Ron Simpson
The Jazz Rag

For more information, please contact:
Big Bear Music
On 0121 454 7020 / admin@bigbearmusic.com

Jim Simpson (Big Bear Music).

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