2014 Parliamentary Jazz Award winners revealed

Parliamentary Jazz awardsClarinettist Arun Ghosh, jazz trio Troyka and singer songwriter Christine Tobin were among the winners at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards last night.

Ghosh received the Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year award while Tobin was recognised in the Jazz Vocalist category and Troyka took the Album of the Year Award for Troykestra: Live at Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Ensemble of the Year gong went to Beats & Pieces Big Band and the coveted Newcomer award went to Phil Meadows, a rising Mancunian saxophonist.

Singer songwriter and DJ Jamie Cullum received the Jazz Media Award for his weekly BBC Radio 2 show, which has helped keep jazz in the public ear and attract younger listeners to the genre.

Now in its tenth year, the awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) and sponsored by PPL.

Michael Connarty MP, APPJAG co-chairman, said: ‘The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is one way MPs and Peers of all political parties aim to support British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in this country. The star studded names of this year’s winners speak for themselves and we are very grateful to PPL for sponsoring the awards.’

Fran Nevrkla OBE, PPL chairman, added: ‘I would like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to Michael Connarty MP and to Lord Colwyn for doing such a fantastic job in co-chairing and running APPJAG as well as my thanks to Bob Blizzard.

‘I would also like to thank all the judges for their time and welcome Jon Newey,the Awards’ presenter. These Jazz Awards remain a special night for Parliament, the jazz community and award recipients as well as for PPL and the music industry generally.’

Full list of winners:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Christine Tobin

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Arun Ghosh

Jazz Album of the Year: Troykestra ‘Live At Cheltenham 13 Jazz Festival’

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Beats & Pieces Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Phil Meadows

Jazz Venue of the Year: EFG London Jazz Festival

Jazz Media Award: Jamie Cullum

Jazz Education Award: Issie Barratt, National Youth Jazz Collective

Services to Jazz Award: David Redfern

Special APPJAG Award: Chris Barber

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