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Recipients Announced for All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021

The recipients of the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Monday 26th July at 19:00
 
The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.
 
The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; the Services to Jazz Award and the Lockdown Innovation Award.
 
John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: “These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who kept jazz flourishing, in spite of the challenges they faced in 2020.  In a year of hardship, unparalleled in the last 76 years, these shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in their 16th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”
 
Chi Onwurah MP, Deputy Chair of APPJAG: “This has been another really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved recipients are a veritable who’s who of names that have made a real impact on the music and helped make the UK one of the world’s leading jazz territories”.  
 
The full list of recipients is as follows:
 
Jazz Vocalist of the Year
 
Georgia Mancio

Multi award-winning /nominated vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. From 2010-2014 Georgia produced her now iconic ReVoice! Festival in association with the Pizza Express Jazz Club.  She presented over 160 artists across 5 multi-venue editions and performed 44 sets herself. Since 2017 Georgia has produced 3 editions of her new series, Hang, showcasing her ever-evolving creativity as a curator. Other credits include 2019 BBC Proms and nominations in the Parliamentary, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards.

Georgia’s release, Finding Home (2019), was co-produced with pianist/composer Kate Williams and her acclaimed Four Plus Three ensemble with special guest classical guitarist John Williams; it won Best Album in 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

In partnership with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent they launched their first album Songbook (2017), at a sold out headline show at Ronnie Scott’s (“unequivocally, one of the gigs of the year” Jazzwise) with performances across Europe and the US. This was followed in March 2021 with Quiet Is The Star, the second in partnership Alan Broadbent.
The strengthening bond between these performers and songwriters is sealed by the publication of their first book – The Songs of Alan Broadbent and Georgia Mancio, featuring all their 33 originals, co-written between 2014 and 2020. 
www.georgiamancio.com
 
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
 
Nubya Garcia
 
Award-winning saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens and completed her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.  Her debut EP, NUBYA’s 5IVE, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by the Vinyl Factor. She is a member of the contemporary septet, Nerija, who received the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Newcomer of the Year in 2018, and has toured extensively internationally, playing venues and festivals across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Garcia’s reputation as a DJ is also burgeoning; she currently presents a hit radio residency on NTS Radio.
 
In 2018, Garcia won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award, followed by the 2019 Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award.
 
Nubya Garcia released her debut album SOURCE, released in August 2020 on Concord Jazz. The album was announced after the release of lead single “Pace” and a rousing live performance on the BBC’s 2020 Glastonbury Experience. The Source has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize
www.nubyagarcia.com
 
Jazz Album of the Year
 
Callum Au and Claire Martin “Songs and Stories” Stunt Records
 
Two leading lights of the British jazz scene: composer, arranger and trombonist, Callum Au, and internationally admired singer, Claire Martin, join forces for a new album, “Songs and Stories” on the Copenhagen-based Stunt label. “The album, featuring a total of 82 exceptional musicians, from the UK, Europe and the USA, is a stunningly arranged selection of jazz standards and American Songbook classics, given compelling, sensitive, modern orchestral and big band treatments, whilst drawing extensive style and influence from the definitive peaks of this genre in past eras.
 
This is Claire Martin’s first big band or large orchestral recording – and she is thrilled to be working with Callum Au, who she regards as a “major talent”, with many great successes ahead of him. The album features a superb line-up of soloists and lead musicians including: Ryan Quigley, Andy Wood, Freddie Gavita, Nadim Teimoori, Sam Mayne, Louis Dowdeswell, Andy Martin, Matt Skelton and John Mills – plus conductor Mark Nightingale.
Stunt Records
www.clairemartinjazz.co.uk/
www.callumaumusic.com
 
Jazz Ensemble of the Year
 
KOKOROKO

KOKOROKO are an all star band from the London jazz community led by Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet featuring saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, trombonist Richie Seivewright, Oscar Jerome, guitar, Yohan Kebede, keys drums Ayo Salawu on drums  and percussionist Onome Edgeworth; Kokoroko are on a mission to fashion new languages using the medium of Afrobeat.

In February 2019 they were named “ones to watch” by the Guardian, after their track ‘Abusey Junction’ garnered 23 million views on YouTube.[4] In February 2020 they won ‘Best Group’ at the Urban Music Awards.[5] In September 2020 they played BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

“This is not idle music!” says Sheila Maurice-Grey, reflecting on the rich history of sounds that have inspired the band, whether it’s the social commentary, the political stance of acts like the Black President, or the high power energy of Afrobeat nights.
www.kokorokomusic.co.uk
Bandcamp

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
 
Jas Kayser
 
Jas Kayser is 24-year-old drummer, composer, band leader from the UK currently based between London and Panama City.
 
Jas’s most recent release is her new Grace; this release has gained attention and support from London’s impressive jazz scene such as Jamie Cullum, BBC 3, Jazz FM and Jazzwise.
 
Jas completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Berklee College of Music whilst studying and playing alongside mentors such as ‪‪Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, Ralph Peterson and Neal Smith. During this time Jas began to explore the common grounds between Jazz and Afro-beat which led to her creating her original sound and compositions.  
 
Jas has featured in bands with leading British lights Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry and Jorja Smith as well as American drummer Ralph Peterson’s Big Band and had a starring role on drums alongside Lenny Kravitz in the official video for his song Low.
 
Jas has also presented her original band at Jazz Re:Fest 2020 Online, London Jazz Festival 2019, RISE concert in Boston supporting Terri Lyne Carrington and Panama Jazz Festival for the past 2 years.
 
Additionally she has also played with various bands and artists like Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Donald Harrison in the Ralph Peterson Big Band and Luciana Souza at venues around the US such as Scullers Jazz Club, Rockwood Music Hall and Newport Jazz Festival, among others. Jas Kayser has recently been appointed NYJO London Intermediate Music Director.
www.jaskayserdrums.com
 
Jazz Venue of the Year
 
Peggy’s Skylight
 
Peggy’s Skylight – Live Jazz and Kitchen, Nottingham, founded by a pianist and a singing chef, Paul Deats, is based in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.
 
Their live acts reflect the diversity of the UK and international music scene, showcasing the best jazz, blues, soul, world and folk artists. 

All their dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced seasonal produce wherever possible. Many of the recipes are based on Paul Deats childhood experiences growing up in Iran. We’ve just begun to explore the wealth of delights that Middle Eastern cuisine has to offer. 
 
Peggy’s Skylight recently received cultural recovery funding support from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England to support jobs, musicians and suppliers over the coming six months.
www.peggysskylight.co.uk
 
Jazz Media Award
 
Women In Jazz Media
 
Women in Jazz Media is a not for profit organization created to help support and create an equal, diverse, safe and healthy jazz industry. They are a team of writers, photographers, painters, musicians, presenters, journalists, producers, editors and more and are based in China, Spain, Germany, Scotland and England but have roots in France, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Mauritius and beyond and collectively speak 8 languages.
 
Jazz represents freedom of expression and yet historically, women, people of colour, the LGBTQ community and many more have not been given equal opportunities in the Jazz industry. Women in Jazz Media explore a wide variety of initiatives to help increase the gender and diversity balance to ensure everyone has a voice. They look for platforms and where no platforms exist and create ones to ensure everyone can be represented. They published their first entirely female led and managed magazine, platforming women on International Women’s Day March 2021. Actively seeking out existing female writers to support and promote their work they also search for new female writers and offer support through their mentoring scheme. Working with partner publications and organisations, they explore the diversity of their content and offer support to increase representation where needed. Through a podcast series, they explore the careers of industry specialists, challenges and inspirations and discuss what actions they can all take to support and encourage a more diverse jazz industry.
www.womeninjazzmedia.com
 
Jazz Education Award
 
The Original UK Summer School
 
The Original Jazz Summer School based in the UK since 1966 has consistently delivered the highest quality jazz tuition one can find. It began in Barry in South Wales and has had several homes over the decades, including Porthcawl, The University of Glamorgan and Trinity College of Music, London. The course returned to South Wales in the summer of 2012 where it is hosted by The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. This college is a beautiful state of the art facility which has recently benefited from a £22.5m investment. It backs onto the picturesque Bute Park and is only a 10 minute walk from the lively Cardiff City Centre.

Course directors, the late Dave Wickins and Buster Birch have had many years of experience running the Summer School, and during this time have assembled a world renowned team of tutors. 
The course is open to all instrumentalists of all ages and levels of experience. They also welcome singers, who are specifically catered for by their vocal coach. 
 
Launched in 2021, The Online UK Jazz School is a year-round resource providing live online master classes and short courses for all instruments by jazz professors and lecturers from some of the UK’s finest music conservatoires. The Online UK Jazz School enables beginner and intermediate musicians from anywhere in the world to study with the finest jazz educators in the UK. 
www.theoriginalukjazzsummerschool.com
 
Services to Jazz Award
 
Norma Winstone 
 
Norma Winstone MBE In a career spanning more than 50 years as a vocalist and lyricist has worked include Michael Garrick, John Surman, Michael Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, as well as pianist John Taylor. Norma Winstone was born in London and first attracted attention in the late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scott’s club with Roland Kirk.
 
Although she was known initially for evolving her own wordless approach to improvisation, her extraordinary versatility means she is equally at home with the standards repertoire, performing with small groups, orchestras and big bands.
 
She has worked extensively with many of the major European names and visiting Americans. In the late seventies she joined pianist John Taylor and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to form the group Azimuth, which was described by Richard Williams of The Times as “one of the most imaginatively conceived and delicately balanced of all contemporary chamber jazz groups“.
 
Her voice  became an important part of the sound of Kenny Wheeler’s big band, and can be heard on the ECM double CD ‘Music for Large and Small Ensembles‘ which also features John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine and John Taylor.
 
With Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German saxophonist/ bass clarinettist Klaus Gesing she has recorded four albums for the ECM label, the first of which, “Distances” was nominated for a Grammy. Norma also works with the Nikki Iles’ group “The Printmakers” comprising some of the UK’s finest musicians.

Recent Awards are: the Lifetime Achievement Jazz Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians (2010, Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Vocalist (2015), Jazz FM Award for Vocalist of the year (2017)
www.normawinstone.com

Lockdown Innovation Award
 
The Globe – Newcastle upon Tyne
 
The Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne is the first bar and music venue in the UK to be owned by a cooperative committed to music. The Globe was bought in 2014 following a successful community share issue. Over 225 people bought shares and became members of the cooperative, and more are welcome to join. Jazz.Coop provides an extensive range of courses, workshops, jam sessions and projects.
 
Their determination to keep live music going during the pandemic has been rewarded with a national award. The Globe was declared the Small Community Co-op of the Year 2021.
 
Dave Parker, co-chair of Jazz.Coop, said, “We’re delighted with this award because it recognises the vision, determination and hard work of members, volunteers and everyone else who helped keep us going during the pandemic, providing income for musicians, employment for staff, and joy for lovers of live music. Eight years ago, The Globe was a failing pub. Today it is an award-winning music venue and learning centre owned and run by a co-operative. We worked with musicians to develop live streaming, and soon decided this was the way forward. The Globe was refurbished, and new equipment was installed by volunteers. We were fortunate in accessing funding from Power to Change and the Culture Recovery Fund.”
 
Cooperative ownership ensures that The Globe is a place where people can enjoy live music in a relaxed environment and where musicians can share and develop their skills.
https://theglobenewcastle.bar/
 
Special APPJAG Awards
 
Digby Fairweather
 
Richard ‘Digby’ Fairweather was a librarian before becoming a professional musician and retains an interest in jazz history and bibliography.  A trumpeter and cornetist influenced by classical jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, he started leading his own bands in the early 1970s. He continues to play and has collaborated with many celebrated UK artists over the years including George Chisholm, Alex Welsh, George Melly and Paul Jones.

Away from the cornet he was concerned with national cultural advancement of the music and, amongst other activities, founded the successful educational charity ‘Jazz College’ with pianist Stan Barker (1979-95); the National Jazz Archive (Britain’s primary research centre for jazz music, 1988) and a number of other jazz-related organizations at this period the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union (1992-2014) the Jazz Development Trust  with Sir John Dankworth and in 2016  the  Jazz Centre UK  – Britain’s first cultural centre for jazz music – in Southend-on-Sea.

In 2009 as Founder of the National Jazz Archive he was presented with their Special Award in celebration of the organization’s twenty-first anniversary. In 2015 Digby received the British Jazz Award for Services to Jazz.
Apart from his playing and band leading, Fairweather has long pursued a parallel career as a jazz broadcaster and writer. Digby is the editor of a history of the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street, London, Ace of Clubs, recently published by Brewin Books.

After almost fifty years in professional jazz Digby Fairweather remains – in the words of The Stage – just about the best ambassador the music could have. 
https://digbyfairweather.com/

Lord Colwyn
 
Lord Colwyn is a peer, dentist and politician. He is one of ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999, sitting as a Conservative, he is the second longest standing  member of the House of Lords. Tony Colwyn was instrumental in the formation of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group and was co-chair until March 2021.
 
He started a band at school with school friend Jim Beach and they travelled through France and Spain playing in bars. In the early 60’s he organised Arts Balls at Cheltenham Town Hall.
 
The school band grew into a successful dance band and played at just about every hunt ball, deb dance and charity ball throughout the 60s and 70s. Jim left the band to become manager of Queen – Tony continued to lead the band for another 30 years as a 9 piece band. One of the special honours was playing for the Queen and Prince Philip’s private Ruby wedding dance. Another personal highlight was playing trumpet alongside Adelaide Hall on stage at Ronnie’s. For a while he put together a 24 piece Big Band that played at the Albert Hall with Red Skelton for HBO.
 
He felt very strongly and was a great supporter of live music in pubs and spoke many times in Parliament when legislation was going through.  He was a founder director of Jazz FM alongside Dave Lee and John Dankworth
 
Lord Colwyn secured funding from PPL for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards that started in 2005 to the present day and he is still actively involved with the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group
 
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Extension of deadline to midnight on 1st September 2021 for completion of questionnaire for the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Review Of Jazz In England

 Following an enforced delay due to the global pandemic and a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and specific hardships for working musicians, promoters, venues, jazz organisations, studios, technical staff, media and the jazz constituency at large, the All Party Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) commissioned a Review of Jazz in England that was launched on Friday 28th May. The Review is being undertaken by APPJAG’s Secretary, Chris Hodgkins, and an expert advisory panel, chaired by musician and jazz educator Dr Kathy Dyson and supported by Teesside University Business School.

Full details and briefing papers – ‘Cold Comfort and Home Truths’ – Terms of reference, composition of the Advisory Panel, and the five questionnaires dealing with promoters and venues, musicians, jazz festivals, audiences plus individuals and organisations are available at: Review of Jazz in England      
The closing date for the questionnaires is midnight, Sunday 1stAugust 2021.
 
For further information please contact:
Chris Hodgkins
Tel: 0208 840 4643
Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com
 
Notes to editors

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) aims to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. APPJAG currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties.   The Group’s officers, as at the Annual General Meeting of 22nd March 2021, are Co-Chairs:, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are Lord Colwyn and Sarah Champion MP.

The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com the web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the group. This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees.
 
 
 
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Nominations have been announced for the
2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
The Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live.

 The recipients of the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards will be announced online on Monday 26th July, 2021. The Awards celebrate
and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of
the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.
 
The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award;
Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award.
 
Following the online public vote for the Awards, a shortlist was voted on by a selection panel representing a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion for and knowledge of jazz.

The winners, chosen by judging members of the
All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG),
will be announced on 
Monday 26th July 2021
“These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who keep jazz flourishing, in spite of the challenges faced in 2020.  In a year of hardship, unparalleled in the last 76 years, these shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 16th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz.
MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”
John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG
 
The full list of nominees is as follows:
 
Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Claire Martin
Brigitte Beraha 
Georgia Mancio
 
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Tony Kofi
Adrian Cox
Nubya Garcia
 
Jazz Album of the Year
Byron Wallen ‘PORTRAIT: Reflections on Belonging’  
Callum Au & Claire Martin ‘Songs and Stories’
Nubya Garcia ‘Source’   
 
Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Kansas Smitty’s House Band 
Nigel Price Organ Trio/Quartet 
Kokoroko
 
Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Jas Kayser   
Rosie Frater-Taylor 
Deschanel Gordon   
Alex Clarke
 
Jazz Venue of the Year
Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
606 Club
Kansas Smitty’s  
Peggy’s Skylight
Live jazz and kitchen Nottingham   
 
Jazz Media Award
Jazzwise Magazine
Women In Jazz Media
London Jazz News
 
Jazz Education Award
The Original UK Jazz Summer School
Nikki Yeoh
Pete Churchill 
 
Services to Jazz Award
Steve Rubie
Norma Winstone
Digby Fairweather
 
Lockdown Innovation Award
Liam Noble  – Saturday Lockdown Live Sessions 
Joe Stilgoe’s ‘Stilgoe in the Shed’ 100 shows 
Adrian Cox’s Sunday Service 
The Globe Newcastle upon Tyne
 
Extension of deadline to midnight, 1st August 2021, for completion of questionnaire for the All Party Parliamentary Jazz
Appreciation Group  
Review Of Jazz In England
 Following an enforced delay due to the global pandemic and a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and specific hardships for working musicians, promoters, venues, jazz organisations, studios, technical staff, media and the jazz constituency at large, the All Party Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) commissioned a Review of Jazz in England that was launched on Friday 28th May. The Review is being undertaken by APPJAG’s Secretary, Chris Hodgkins, and an expert advisory panel, chaired by musician and jazz educator Dr Kathy Dyson and supported by Teesside University Business School.
Full details and briefing papers – ‘Cold Comfort and Home Truths’ – Terms of reference, composition of the Advisory Panel, and the five questionnaires dealing with promoters and venues, musicians, jazz festivals, audiences plus individuals and organisations are available at: Review of Jazz in England

The closing date for the questionnaires is midnight,
Sunday 1st August 2021.

For further information please contact:
Chris Hodgkins
Tel: 0208 840 4643
Email: chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com
 
Notes to editors
The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) aims to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz; to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it; to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. APPJAG currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords
across all political parties.
 
Group’s Officers, as at the 22nd March, 2021 Annual General Meeting: 
Co-Chairs:
John Spellar MP and Lord Mann
Secretary
Sir Greg Knight MP
Vice Chairs:
Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP.
Treasurer:
Ian Paisley MP.
Officers:
Lord Colwyn and Sarah Champion MP.
Secretariat:
Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood.
Contact address: 
appjag1@gmail.com 
Web address: 
https://appjag.wordpress.com

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the group. This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees.
  
 Copyright © 2021 Chris Hodgkins, All rights reserved. 
Our mailing address is: 
Chris Hodgkins, 41 Bedford Road, West Ealing, London, 
Middlesex, W13 0SP United Kingdom

Summer Time …

I had long wanted to film Ron Findon’s virtuoso rendition of “Summertime” and finally had the good fortune to do so when he played with Christine’s Stockyard Stompers at
Lemsford Jazz Club on Sunday, 4th January, 2015.

Back then it was a wonderful way to usher in the New Year but now, upon his passing in the summer of 2021, I am immensely humbled to be able to include it in my Jazz&Jazz tribute to such a remarkably talented musician.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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Review of Jazz in England

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Announces A Review Of Jazz In England


Reproduced courtesy of Chris Hodgkins:
https://appjag.org/review-of-jazz-in-england/

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Following an enforced delay due to the global pandemic and a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and specific hardships for working musicians, the All Party Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) commissioned a Review of Jazz in England. The Review will be undertaken by APPJAG’s Secretary, Chris Hodgkins, and an expert advisory panel, chaired by musician and jazz educator Dr Kathy Dyson.

Questionnaires

If you are a jazz musician, a professional working in the jazz industry or a jazz fan, the Review wants to hear from you.

Below are four questionnaires dealing with the crucial areas of gigs, festivals, audiences and musicians. The fifth questionnaire is for people and organisations who want to address the terms of reference or a particular area; you are able to attach a document if it is easier.   Please select the appropriate questionnaire for you and click on the link below to complete and return it to us, so your views form part of the Review.

Please note the closing date for the questionnaires is midnight, Monday 28th June 2021.

Review of Jazz in England – National Jazz Promoter and Venue Research Questionnaire

Review of Jazz In England Audience Questionnaire

Review of Jazz in England Jazz Festivals

Review of Jazz In England Musicians’ Questionnaire

Review of Jazz in England  People and Organisations Questionnaire

The Review’s Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference for the Review of Jazz in England

Review’s Advisory Panel

Review of Jazz Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel Review of Jazz in England

“Cold Comfort and Home Truths” an introduction to the issues the Review will be considering

Introduction and Summary Front Cover 1st May Final 2021-page-001

Cold Comfort and Home Truths Introduction and Summary

Foreword and summary by John Fordham

Link to full text of “Cold Comfort and Home Truths – informing the review of jazz in England

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Cold Comfort and Home Truths – informing the review of jazz in England

Foreword and summary by John Fordham

 The Objectives of the Review

Chris Hodgkins summarises the review’s objectives:

 ‘This review concerns the operation, management and business of jazz, and its purposes are twofold:

 One, to help  the jazz constituency in England to understand and use its resources in the most efficient and effective ways –  and two, to make the case for improving the support, sustainability and promotion of jazz in England. 

    The review will be undertaken in two phases. The first, entitled “Where are we now?”, examines the present state of jazz in England, drawing on revealing data from five key surveys aimed at the jazz constituency. The second asks the question: “Where do we want to be?”, and develops a succinct action plan for jazz in England that will go out for consultation to  all interested parties, and the jazz constituency at large.’

John Spellar MP and Lord Mann (Co-Chairs of APPJAG), and Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP (Co-Vice Chairs of APPJAG), detail some of the review’s objectives:

“It has been a tough year for jazz with many musicians and promoters falling through the cracks in terms of funding. APPJAG continues to put the case to the Department for Culture, Digital, Media and Sport to rectify this egregious state of affairs. Underpinning the review is the fact that jazz in England (and indeed across the UK) is “rich beyond the dreams of avarice” in terms of human resources: jazz musicians, composers, volunteer promoters, audiences, commercial promoters, educators, youth orchestras, jazz festivals, Arts Council England funded jazz National Portfolio Organisations, a growing service economy and jazz archives. But there are some vital issues that need addressing urgently; increased investment, frictionless touring in the EU, financial support for musicians and promoters who fell through the cracks in 2020/21 and a fair deal for musicians getting their music streamed. The objective of the Review of Jazz in England is to inform Government, funding bodies, potential sponsors, Parliament and to assist the jazz constituency in shaping an action plan for jazz in England.”

And Dr Kathy Dyson, Chair of the Advisory Panel of the Review of Jazz in England, comments:

“As a jazz musician and educator I am well aware of how hard a year it has been for jazz musicians, promoters, studios, technical staff, media and the jazz constituency at large. Realistically, recovery will be slow on the domestic scene and our touring capabilities will be hampered both by Brexit and the myriad quarantine and travel issues globally. This current situation is exacerbated by ten years of funding cuts which have dramatically affected the arts and now the Government is planning to impose a disastrous 50% funding cut to arts subjects including music at Higher Education level in England. The pandemic has thrown petrol on flames and highlighted issues of insecurity, low wages and exploitation of musicians by the music streaming companies. This Review of Jazz in England is a genuine and concerted attempt by people who care deeply about the music, musicians and all  involved in promoting it, to find out how the jazz community has fared during the pandemic, what the main issues are that we face now; how these can best be addressed during the post Covid period with the aim of an  action plan for the  jazz community in England.” 

Teesside University Business School is partnering the Review of Jazz in England, and Associate Dean (Marketing & Recruitment) Dr Noel Dennis, writes:

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“Teesside University Business School is proud to support the Review of Jazz in England. This is a very timely project that will provide the analysis to allow for fresh strategic thinking to ensure a sustainable future for this wonderful music. I am delighted our students are being afforded the opportunity to contribute to this exciting project and, in so doing, develop their professional skills.” 

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) aims is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. APPJAG currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties.   The Group’s officers, as at the Annual General Meeting of 22nd March 2021, are Co-Chairs:, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are Lord Colwyn and Sarah Champion MP.

The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com the web address is: https://appjag.org/

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the group. This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees.

Peter M Butler
Editor, Jazz&Jazz.com

Farewell Colin Kingwell!

The sad news reached me today that Colin Kingwell has, in words he would appreciate, shuffled off his mortal coil. I was flawed.
Colin always welcomed me to film him with his Jazz Bandits.

The last time I filmed the band was when Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle welcomed him back to their 2014 Festival. As ever, Colin and the band were on top form and his jokes and repartee
surpassed adoration.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

Farewell Chris Barber

“The sad news keeps on coming. Chris Barber has now joined
the band in the sky.”

Brian O’Connor

“Chris Barber OBE, one of the greatest figures in the history of British jazz, has sadly passed. For nearly 70 years, Chris led bands that covered many genres of jazz from New Orleans, the Blues, Rhythm & Blues and, of course, skiffle. A great servant to the jazz world who will be
hugely missed by jazz fans.”
National Jazz Archive

I was delightfully privileged to spend time in deep conversation with Chris not so long ago:
http://www.jazzandjazz.com/2020/04/chris-barber-90-today/
Thank you, Chris, for your massive contribution to Jazz. I managed to capture the YouTube featured in the link above from way back in The Gods in Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. That same day Chris said we should get together to share the story of his life in jazz in full. I guess that now we will have to wait until another day!

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

Food for Thought! “UK Government Committed to Saving Touring in Europe”

Courtesy of the Musician’s Union

The music industry welcomes UK Government’s firm commitment to save touring in Europe following Commons evidence session.”
The largest bodies representing musicians – the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union – have welcomed the
UK Government’s firm commitment to solve the critical
issues facing touring post-Brexit.

MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committees heard evidence from industry leaders, including the Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), Deborah Annetts. The ISM warned that touring artists faced an “extraordinary crisis” due to costly new barriers to performing in the European Union which include visas and work permits. The ISM called on the UK Government to:
(1) negotiate a bespoke visa waiver agreement with the EU
for the creative sector and
(2) enter bilateral discussions with key EU Member States to sort
out work permit rules.
 

The ISM and the MU have welcomed the firm commitment of the Minister for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dinenage, to work with music organisations to find workable solutions to these critical issues including mobility. This commitment extends across the whole of Whitehall. The Government has also indicated that it is its ambition to start discussions with key EU Member states in the coming weeks to address issues regarding work permits. DCMS also confirmed that musicians travelling with portable musical instruments between the UK and the EU will not be subject to costly customs rules in the form of formal declarations or ATA Carnet. Guidance will be available as soon as possible. This important clarification has been welcomed by the music sector. The ISM and the MU have outlined their commitment to play an active and constructive role with the UK Government to resolve the problems facing touring musicians after Brexit.

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said: 
“I was delighted to speak to MPs yesterday and it was fantastic to see that the Minister and civil servants at DCMS are fully committed to fixing the problems including mobility facing touring musicians after Brexit. We now need the same willingness from the EU so that both sides can come together to find workable solutions to the mountain of costs and red tape.
 
“The Creative industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018 but we have already been badly affected by COVID-19.
The ISM is ready to expand our ongoing activities to support the
UK Government so that close cultural collaboration can
continue after Brexit.”

MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge said:
“Both the MU and the ISM have amassed a large body of evidence and information that we are happy to share with the Ministers in order to work towards finding positive solutions for the problems that our world leading musicians and their ancillary workers currently face as a result of the breakdown in negotiations for our sector.
Let’s move forward together with the various Government departments in a spirit of cooperation to systematically remove the barriers that we have identified.”

Notes for Editors
The ISM and the MU have already held constructive high-level meetings with politicians and civil servants. Together, we are calling on the UK Government to:
Negotiate a bespoke visa waiver agreement with the EU that is separate to the trade deal exempting touring performers, creative teams and crews from needing to obtain a visa for up to 90 days in a 180-day
period when seeking paid work.
Enter bilateral discussions with individual EU Member States that do not currently offer cultural exemptions for work permits, such as Spain, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.
Create a properly resourced and dedicated UK Music Export Office to help new and established artists and their businesses to navigate the
new regulatory environment.
Publish guidance to help the performing arts sector navigate the different visa and work permit requirements for each EU Member State as a matter of urgency.
Provide an emergency funding package for the performing arts sector to mitigate against the additional costs and loss of work due to the lack of mobility provisions in the trade deal.
Explore with the EU cultural exemptions for new Carnets and
Cabotage rules.

Background information
The Creative Industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018. (UK Gov)
Music contributed £5.8 billion to the UK economy in 2019 and employment in the industry hit an all-time high of 197,168 in 2019.
(UK Music)
International touring represents an essential part of many musicians’ livelihoods. ISM research shows that:
44% of musicians earn up to half of their earnings in the EU/EEA.
(54% in 2016)
43% travelled to the EU more than five times a year. (39% in 2018)
32% spend more than 30 days in the EU for work. (41% in 2018)
76% of UK musicians fear it’s likely Brexit will stop them performing
in Europe. (Encore)
Arts, entertainment & recreation are the sectors worst affected by coronavirus. (ONS)
79% of musicians earn less than £30,000. (ISM)
   
About the Musicians’ Union 
The Musicians’ Union (MU) represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors and genres of music. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

MU website  
The Union was founded in May 1893 in Manchester by a musician,
JB Williams, who became the Union’s first General Secretary.
Further details about the history of the Union can be found at its dedicated archive website.   
For more information, please 
email Keith Ames at the MU.

    About the ISM
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, it has been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.  
It supports over 10,000 music professionals across the UK and Ireland with unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services.
Members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. It campaigns tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession
as a whole.
It is a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no
political affiliation. This permits freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.  
For more information, email Bruce Rothberg at the ISM.

“A Touch of High Society”

YouTube No 56 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

The Adrian Cox Quartet recaptures the magic of
clarinetist Edmund Hall

One of a series of Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed during Adrian’s
Edmund Hall Presentations.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

“Stairway to the Stars”

YouTube No 55 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

I jumped at the opportunity to meet and film Jonny Boston at
Botany Bay Jazz Club for my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes.
Just today (9th January, 2021) Jonny messaged me:
“So much has happened since this gig. Lovely to watch again!
Thanks Peter for posting it!”

Full story and more YouTubes on Jazz&Jazz: http://goo.gl/QBG4ey

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats Live at The Walnut Tree

Station Road,  Blisworth,  NN7 3DS
Sunday 3rd January, 2021: 12.30-3pm

Admission £15.00 in advance only (reduced numbers strictly limited).

Call 01604 858549 to book and for further information. 

Three miles from J15 on M1.
Free parking
.

LIVE JAZZ … USE IT OR LOSE IT!
TAD NEWTON 01604 858549

www.tadnewtonsjazzfriends.com
email: tadjazzfriends@gmail.com

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz&Jazz

“Cushion Foot Stomp”… YouTube Masterpiece: Sarah Spencer’s Covid 19 Global Ramblers

A fine example of jazz musicians combining their talents from different locations to compensate for the plight of the Covid19 live jazz shut down.
Thanks go to Sarah for her skill in compiling this
YouTube masterpiece.

Also to help fill the void whilst Covid19 casts its unwanted pall of silence over live jazz, I am currently featuring a series of my own Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed in happier days. These include Sarah playing with Mike Owen’s Scarlett’s Serenaders (below) shortly after her arrival
in the UK from the USA.

Mike (trombone), Sarah (Saxophone) , Brian Mellor (Banjo),
Brian Lawrence (bass) and Baby Jools (Drums).

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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