It’s a great occasion held in the Houses of Parliament and it is amazing to be able to stand on the terrace at Parliament by the Thames and mixing with the great and good of jazz. Jamie Cullum, Abram Wilson and Gary Crosby and many others will be there. Ken Clarke often turns up and has a listen, and Jeremy Hunt even put in an appearance when first appointed as a minister in the new government two years ago.
We were nominated last year too but the London venue The Hideaway won. Maybe this is our year, but the recognition that comes with the nomination is enough in itself, especially as these nominations are all based on votes from the general public.
It’s also good to note that many of the people we have worked with in the last year are nominated. Our new Associate Artist Abram Wilson is up for the Education Award and Phil Robson, Andrew MacKenzie and Jason Yarde, and The Impossible Gentlemen are up for Best Album. Bobby Wellins has been nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year and Beats and Pieces are up for Best Ensemble.
Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazzlines Artistic Advisor