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Parliamentary Jazz Awards: 2020 nominations

Fri 29 May 2020

Alumni and staff shortlisted at this year’s prestigious awards that celebrate best of British jazz

Following an online public vote, nominations for the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards have been announced.

The shortlist, chosen by a panel representing a broad cross-section of backgrounds, united in their passion and knowledge of jazz, includes:

  • Jazz alum Cherise Adams Burnett for Jazz Vocalist of the Year
  • Saxophonist Nubya Garcia for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
  • Jazz pianist and faculty member Liam Noble for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
  • Professor of jazz trumpet and composition Byron Wallen for Jazz Ensemble of the Year (Byron Wallen’s Four Corners)

Musician and alum Steve Rubie,who has run London’s 606 club since 1976, has been nominated for the Services to Jazz Award and for Jazz Venue of the Year.

Composition alum Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble has picked up two nominations: Jazz Album of the Year for the Mercury-nominated Driftglass and Jazz Ensemble of the Year.

In the press release John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), said –

“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 Pizza Express Live for supporting the event.”

Established in 2005 by the APPJAG, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards are recognised as some of the UK’s most important and respected awards, recognising rising stars and established talent.

The winners, chosen by judging members of the APPJAG, will be announced at 8.30pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

To learn more about jazz at Trinity Laban, visit our jazz pages

Image credit: Steven Cropper