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Vibraphonist Jim Hart Nominated For Musician Of The Year In Parlimentary Jazz Awards

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Brian Kellock, Django Bates and Jim Hart have been nominated for musician of the year in this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards, one of the most prestigious set of jazz awards on the UK jazz calendar, while Bates also picks up a second nomination in the album of the year category, this time vying with John Turville, Norma Winstone and Tim Whitehead for the gong.

The awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group and sponsored by music licensing company PPL and Jazz Services, feature nine categories with the winners set to be announced at a special reception at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on 17 May. Over 1,600 online entry forms were received for the awards via the Jazz Services website and the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel drawn from all sections of the jazz community. The winners themselves are chosen by members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group in Parliament.

The complete list of nominations are: Jazz Musician of the Year: Brian Kellock; Django Bates; and Jim Hart. Jazz Album of the Year: Django Bates for Beloved Bird; John Turville for Midas; Norma Winstone for Stories Yet To Tell and Tim Whitehead for Colour Beginnings. Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Brass Jaw; Jason Yarde/Andrew McCormack; and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Jazz Promoter/Venue of the Year: 606, London; Birmingham Jazz; Hideaway (London); London Jazz Festival; Scarborough Jazz Festival (Yorkshire); and The Vortex Jazz Club (London). Jazz Journalist of the Year: Alyn Shipton; John Fordham; and Kevin Le Gendre. Jazz Broadcaster of the Year: Alan Steadman; Helen Mayhew; Jez Nelson; Mike Chadwick and Paul Barnes. Jazz Publication of the Year Jazz UK; londonjazz.blogspot.com; and Goin' Home: The Uncompromising Life and Music of Ken Colyer by Mike Pointon, Ray Smith, Martin Colyer. Jazz Education Award: Dr Ian Darrington MBE; Nick Smart; and Professor Tommy Smith. Services to Jazz Award: Coleridge Goode; Dr Ian Darrington MBE; and Peter Ind.

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