Voting open for Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012...

…and we have a favour to ask!

Categories up for grabs in this eighth year of the awards are: Musician of the Year, Best Ensemble of the Year, Live Jazz Award (venues, promoters, festival and clubs), Journalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Broadcaster of the Year, Publication of the Year (inc magazines, blogs, listings and books), Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK), and the coveted Services to Jazz title (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to Jazz in the UK).

We hope that you’ll help us in putting Rush Hour Blues, the weekly free jazz sessions presented by Birmingham Jazz in Symphony Hall’s Cafe Bar, forward for the Live Jazz Award.

Overseen by the city’s leading contemporary jazz programmers, Rush Hour Blues regularly attracts audiences of up to 400 people or more – with some regulars arriving up to two hours in advance to guarantee seats – and has become an essential part of Birmingham’s musical fabric.

The Friday slot has showcased emerging and established talent from across the UK and beyond for over 8 years; artists including Soweto Kinch, Cleveland Watkiss, Chris Bowden and Andy Hamilton have all performed at the session.

We’d really like to see Birmingham Jazz recognised for their hard work and fantastic bookings to date as well as the very loyal and supportive Rush Hour Blues audience members – so please lend us your vote!

The nomination form can be found here

Rush Hour Blues continues over the coming weeks with the Nick Jurd Quartet (27 Jan), the MHJQ Jazz Blues Trio (3 Feb), the University of Birmingham Big Band (10 Feb) and the Paul Riley Band (17 Feb).

Previous Parliamentary Jazz Awards winners include Dennis Rollins, Val Wilmer, Alyn Shipton and Brass Jaw.

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) supported by public and broadcast licensing organisation PPL in conjunction with support from national jazz development organisation Jazz Services, music magazines Jazz UK and Jazzwise, as well as the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union .