Hannah Horton wins Parliamentary Jazz AwardThu 6 July 2023
Hannah Horton is a melodic maverick, visionary jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and journalist. Star of UK jazz, her music is rooted in jazz, folk and funk. Her established individual and sophisticated sound is edging through boundaries and creating waves worldwide.
An official Henri Selmer Artist, graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban, and member of award-winning Women In Jazz Media, Hannah works the jazz world in her own authentic way. Her most recent album Inside Out has received critical acclaim worldwide and she continues to wow audiences with her creative playing, alongside her charming personality on stage.
Today Hannah provides inspiration of her own by running J Steps – a new band initiative designed to nurture the talent of musicians who identify as female or non-binary with its main aim being to balance a historic lack of representation of women in jazz.
J Steps is a jazz ensemble for female and non-binary improvising musicians based at the Saffron Centre for Young Musicians. The players are Grade 6 and above and are taught jazz harmony and improvisation, playing standards and originals. J Steps have performed at EFG London Jazz Festival and Saffron Hall foyer and invite new players who want to learn more about jazz in a comfortable and supportive setting.
See the full list of award winners here.
Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Elaine Delmar
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Gary Husband
Jazz Album of the Year: Jo Harrop and Paul Edis, When Winter Turns To Spring
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ubunye
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Sultan Stevenson
Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz at the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Jazz Media Award: The Jazz Rag
PizzaExpress Live Jazz Photographer of the Year: Monika S. Jakubowska
Jazz Education Award: Hannah Horton, J Steps, Saffron Centre For Young Musicians, Saffron Walden
Services to Jazz Award: Janine Irons
Special APPJG Award: Tony Haynes and the Grand Union Orchestra