Vote for us and help celebrate Jazzlines' success

We’re looking for your help to nominate us for a Parliamentary Jazz Award 2013 (by Monday 4 February!) to celebrate the success of Jazzlines’ first year. Mary Wakelam Sloan argues we’re worth it:

“It’s almost a year since Tony and I launched Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s Jazzlines programme of live performances and innovative education work. During that time, we have programmed major international stars and up-and-coming British artists, we’ve arranged live concerts across the city, started a free series at Bramall Hall, organised a summer school, brought together the Jazzlines Ensemble, developed national and international commissions and developed inspiring education work. (I’ve listed a few of my own personal highlights below, but you’ll no doubt have your own.)

We hope you’ll agree that this is worthy of celebration and we’re asking for your help in our bid for a Parliamentary Jazz Award. These prestigious Awards are an important date in the UK jazz diary and we would love our audiences and supporters to help us through the first round by voting for us in the Live Jazz Award category.

By nominating Jazzlines for the Live Jazz Award you will help us raise the national profile of jazz in our city and all that Jazzlines has to offer. If we receive enough nominations we will be shortlisted, and a panel of industry experts will then choose the winner for each category. Please do take a moment to complete the online voting form at the Jazz Services website, adding Jazzlines in the voting box for Live Jazz Award here

Mary Wakelam Sloan, Jazzlines

The deadline for entries is midday on Monday February 4, 2013 so please get voting!

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, Jazz UK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union. There is more information at


Here are some of Mary’s personal highlights of the last twelve months…

The fantastic support set from the Jazzlines Trio (Ric Yarborough, Reuben James and James Banner) when they opened for The Wayne Shorter Quartet, playing to a packed Town Hall in November.

Sara Colman’s vocal series launched, building on Sara’s profile as well as introducing her to fellow vocalists that she admires. Highlights have included Claire Martin and a number of students from Birmingham Conservatoire. The next date in the series takes place at the Hare & Hounds in April, when Sara will be joined by American vocalist Jose James.

Shabaka Hutchings, a saxophonist originally from Birmingham, at the Hare & Hounds was an electrifying gig and showcased the incredible talent that this city has to offer. Our series at The Hare & Hounds focuses on interesting contemporary bands, often with a wide perspective of influences including rock, electronica, and metal.

Last May we had the pleasure of working with the late jazz musician and educator Abram Wilson, who became our first Jazzlines Associate Artist, on the Ladywood Showcase Jazz Electives project. Abram was commissioned to write a piece for 270 young musicians from the Ladywood area of Birmingham, which was showcased at a concert in Symphony Hall. Abram was an inspiring musician and also worked with the Jazzlines Trio and on Connecting To Jazz education project. His enthusiasm, passion and musicality was a joy to experience and he is sadly missed by the team here at THSH and the jazz community.

The Mike Fletcher East Coast West Midlands project with New York musicians Dan Weiss and Andrew D’Angelo working alongside Mike Fletcher’s excellent Birmingham Big Band on a new work composed by Mike.

The Chicago International Exchange Project A collaborative project between Birmingham pianist and composer Steve Tromans and his quartet, and Chicago based creative musician Ken Vandermark. Birmingham musicians Miles Levin, Chris Mapp. More info here

Chris Mapp’s Buzzoig Birmingham bass player and composer Chris Mapp has been commissioned to create a new work for THSH’s Reich:Influences series, inspired by the music of Steve Reich and some of his varied influences, including Radiohead, Miles Daves and John Coltrane. Buzzoig can be heard in a free Jazzlines performance at Bramall Music Building on Thursday March 7th

Jazzlines Fellowships supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation 2013 is the first year of a new Fellowship Scheme that Jazzlines will develop, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.