Following the success of the first BBC Radio Jazz Awards, BBC Radios 2 and 3 are jointly to stage the second annual BBC Radio Jazz Awards. This unique BBC Radio collaboration takes place on Wednesday July 31st at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Last years successful event, hosted by Humphrey Lyttelton and Jools Holland combined awards and performances from the complete spectrum of jazz. Popular awards included Rising Star for pianist Alex Wilson and the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award for Humph himself. Guest presenters included Michael Parkinson, Roni Size and Rolling Stone, Charlie Watts and notable live highlights were show-stopping performances from the likes of Best Band winner Courtney Pine, who amazed with his virtuoso display of circular breathing and Norma Winstone, surprise winner of the Best Vocalist award.
Nomination forms for this years event have been sent to 100 of the most influential members of the UK music industry. The voting college has been expanded to include more votes from all four nations of the UK and all areas of jazz related music. A new award for 2002 will celebrate the groups, musicians or organisations who keep alive the spirit from the early days of jazz and will be named the Jazz Heritage Award.
The award categories are: Best Band, Best Vocalist, Best Instrumentalist, Best Album, Rising Star, Services to Jazz, Best New Work, Jazz Innovation, Jazz Heritage, International Award and the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award. When all the votes have been counted, the top three nominees in each category will be announced, this is expected to be in the week commencing May 6th.
In a joint statement, Controllers of BBC Radio 2 and 3, James Moir and Roger Wright said: Jazz is a hugely important part of the contemporary music scene and, following the success of the first BBC Radio Jazz Awards last year it is only natural to make this celebration of jazz and the BBCs unique support for the genre an annual event.
Terry Carter, Producer, BBC Radio Jazz Awards said: This years show promises to be a star studded affair with guests from stage, screen, television and politics. Hosts on the night will be big band leader and TV and radio presenter Jools Holland and one of Britains best known jazz musicians Courtney Pine.
The awards ceremony will feature nine live performances from the biggest names in jazz. Those performing will be chosen from the various nominees highlighting those artists who have shone brightest over the last 12 months as well as one or two special guests.
BBC Radio 2 shows such as Humphrey Lyttletons Best of Jazz, Courtney Pines Jazz Crusade, Stacey Kents Big Band Special, Michael Parkinsons Sunday Supplement and The Jools Holland Show and Radio 3 shows such Jazz On 3, Jazz Legends, Jazz Line-up, Jazz File and Jazz Record Requests underline BBC Radios position as the market leader in bringing jazz, both old and new, to the listening public.
The BBC Radio Jazz Awards take place at Londons Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday , July 31st and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, 5 August at 7.00-8.30pm and on BBC Radio 3s Jazz Line-Up on Saturday, 3 August at 4.00pm.
There will be more information on the awards and a chance to listen to the acts on BBC Radio 2 Online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 and BBC Radio 3 Online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3.
Fri Apr 26 2002 (6:41:53 PM)