British Jazz Awards nominations

The British Jazz Awards 2017 have announced nominations in 16 categories, the winners to be decided by public vote

The nominations have been announced for the 2017 edition of the British Jazz Awards, which are now in their 31st year.

The categories range from individual instruments such as trumpet and tenor sax to rising star and reissue CDs. Many of the best known names in British jazz are featured, along with younger artists currently making a name for themselves. Previous winners include saxophonist and popular Jazz Journal writer Simon Spillett (pictured right by Merlin Daleman).

An initially wide list of contenders has been narrowed down to four nominees within each category. Voting has now been thrown open to the public, with over 2000 votes received within the first week. Voting closes on 31 October and the organisers expect the number of votes to top last year's total of around 6000.

Voting can be undertaken online at the award's voting pages, or by requesting a paper copy of the voting form via email to Big Bear Music

Results will be announced via the British Jazz Awards page at Big Bear Music, in issue 149 of The Jazz Rag, and on the British Jazz Awards Facebook page.

The 2017 nominees for the British Jazz Awards are as follows:

Best trumpet player: Bruce Adams, Enrico Tomasso, Freddie Gavita, Laura Jurd (pictured below left by Trish Keogh Hodgett)

Best trombone player: Adrian Fry, Dennis Rollins, Ian Bateman, Mark Nightingale

Best clarinet player: Alan Barnes, Julian Stringle, Mark Crooks, Peter Long

Best alto saxophone player: Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Nigel Hitchcock, Soweto Kinch

Best tenor saxophone player: Alex Garnett, Art Themen, Karen Sharp, Robert Fowler

Best guitarist: Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor, Nigel Price, Remi Harris

Best pianist: David Newton, Gareth Williams, Nikki Iles, Zoe Rahman

Best double bass player: Alec Dankworth, Andrew Cleyndert, Dave Green, Simon Thorpe

Best drummer: Clark Tracey, Matt Home, Steve Brown, Winston Clifford

Best vocalist: Claire Martin, Clare Teal, Georgia Mancio, Tina May

Miscellaneous instruments: Alan Barnes (baritone saxophone), Jim Hart (vibraphone), Karen Sharp (baritone saxophone), Ross Stanley (organ)

Best small group: Brandon Allen Six, Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen, Nigel Price Organ Trio, Tipitina

Best big band: Beats and Pieces, Echoes of Ellington, NYJO, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Rising star: Alexandra Ridout (pictured right), Camilla George, Nubya Garcia, Rory Ingham

Best new CD: Explore Records for Golden Moments by Bruce Adams/Craig Milverton; Gearbox Records for Journey To The Mountain Of Forever by Binker & Moses; JVG Productions for It's Always 9:30 In Zog by Dave O'Higgins; Woodville Records for The Lowest Common Denominator by Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes

Best reissue CD: Acrobat Music for Helter Skelter by Joe Harriott; Harkit Records for Change of Setting by Tubby Hayes and Paul Gonsalves; Lake Records for Dusting Off The Archives by Humphrey Lyttleton; Rhythm and Blues Records for The Songbook by Harry South

The British Jazz Awards nomination panel consisted of Sue Edwards (manager/tour organiser), Jill Roger (director: Glasgow Jazz Festival), Phil Meadows (musician/educator/band leader), Burnette Laurie (managing director: Jazz London Radio), Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here), Dave Cottle (Swansea International Jazz Festival), Chris Hodgkins (musician/broadcaster), David Nathan (National Jazz Archive), Denny Ilett (Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival), Fred Lindop (Swanage Jazz Festival), John Billett (JBGB Events), Peter Vacher (jazz writer), Ron Simpson (Jazz Rag).

Guitar nominee Nigel Price, referring on Facebook to jazz awards in general, said: "There's sometimes a bit of bad talk about these things but this is a totally public vote and the nominations are generally pretty representative of those who are out there treading the boards these days".

Bruce Lindsay

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