Trinity Laban’s acclaimed jazz department is proud to count two 2016 Jazz FM Award winners and seven 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees among its staff, current students and alumni.
The third annual Jazz FM Awards took place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom on Tuesday 26 April, and was produced by Serious. Saxophonist and professorial staff member Mark Lockheart won the Instrumentalist of the Year category, while drummer Moses Boyd of duo Binker & Moses won UK Jazz Act of the Year as well as Breakthrough Act of the Year categories. Other winners include iconic jazz innovator Quincy Jones, Kamasi Washington and Christian Scott.
The 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees have also been announced, with a strong showing for Trinity Laban staff, students and alumni, highlighting the breadth and depth of talent within Trinity Laban’s jazz department.
Pianist and professorial staff member Liam Noble has been nominated twice – in the Instrumentalist of the Year and Jazz Album of the Year categories, for his solo album A Room Somewhere. Mark Lockheart appears in the Jazz Ensemble of the Year category with his group Loose Tubes.
Empirical – featuring Trinity Laban alumni Lewis Wright and Shane Forbes – have also been nominated in the Jazz Ensemble category. There are two Trinity Laban appearances in the Newcomer of the Year award. Alumnus Corrie Dick picks up a nomination, whilst current student Moses Boyd appears again with his duo Binker & Moses.
Lastly, alumnus Emilia Martensson has been nominated in the Vocalist of the Year category.
The Parliamentary Jazz Awards, organised by The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will take place at the House Of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 10th May.
To find out more about the Trinity Laban jazz department, please visit Trinity Laban website.
Photography credit: Tim Platt