Right here. I think it is going to be a Dolphy autumn. LOTS of alternate takes no one has heard. Reams of annotations. Poke your eye out photos. All you need to know in the build-up. Dolphy remains a significant influence on Empirical, Shabaka Hutchings, David Murray, and Chris Biscoe — to name just a few serious players spanning the generational circle of life.
Yep it’s the Parliamentaries this week.
Already, if only, announced are worst on spoons obviously Boris; and on tuneless melodeon Rees-Mogg, J.
The real nominees are:
Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Liane Carroll; Georgia Mancio; Zara McFarlane and Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw should scoop this.
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Rob Luft; Arun Ghosh and Ross Stanley
Hmmm hard to guess this, Arun Ghosh would be a popular choice.
Jazz Album of the Year: Arun Ghosh – But Where Are You Really From?; Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane; Gareth Lockrane Big Band – Fistfight At The Barndance
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective; Dinosaur; ARQ – Alison Rayner Quartet and Beats & Pieces Big Band
The Ezras deserve this but Dinosaur do too.
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Fergus McCreadie; Sarah Tandy; Shirley Tetteh
Sarah and Shirley are not exactly newcomers. Sarah by a whisker?
Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz Re:Freshed; Jazz At The Lescar and South Coast Jazz Festival
Lescar deserves it.
Jazz Media Award: Richard Williams; Kevin Le Gendre and Lance Liddle for Bebop Spoken Here website
Richard Williams, obviously. (Still mystified however why Mike Hobart who is THE best live reviewer working is not on the list.)
Jazz Education Award: Pete Churchill; Jean Toussaint and Nikki Iles
Jean Toussaint should win this by rights.
Services to Jazz Award: Blow The Fuse – Alison Rayner and Deirdre Cartwright; Jill Rodger – Glasgow Jazz Festival; Gary
Crosby and Gill Wilde
Easy again but hey anything could happen — Jill Rodger.
Sarah Tandy above right live at the Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston. Photo: Marlbank