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Voting for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards opens

Voting has begun for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and continues until midnight on 14 May. Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann categories are: Jazz Album of the Year …

Published: 28 Apr 2021. Updated: 9 days.

Voting has begun for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and continues until midnight on 14 May. Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann categories are: Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2020 by a UK band or musicians); Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK); Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2020); Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK); Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books); Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters); Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2020); Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2020); Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2020); Lockdown Innovation Award. To vote, click

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Lars Danielsson's Liberetto, 'Desert of Catanga' ****

The sixth of Cloudland's 12 tracks the gorgeous 'Desert of Catanga' by double bassist-cellist Lars Danielsson's band Liberetto to be released on 28 May by the ACT label is streaming. Last time marlbank heard Danielsson was actually live rather than …

Published: 27 Apr 2021. Updated: 10 days.

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The sixth of Cloudland's 12 tracks the gorgeous 'Desert of Catanga' by double bassist-cellist Lars Danielsson's band Liberetto to be released on 28 May by the ACT label is streaming. Last time marlbank heard Danielsson was actually live rather than on record that time at the Wigmore Hall in London during the 2019 London Jazz Festival. The overall line-up is mostly the same, the Swedish leader joined by French pianist Grégory Privat; the legendary e.s.t drummer Danielsson’s fellow Swede Magnus Öström; long-time band guitarist Londoner John Parricelli; and this time added and featured on 'Desert of Catanga' Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh. The album also includes a guest appearance by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen. The Danielsson signature sound is a romantic, nomadic sound that straddles the lilting Nordic landscapes of Danielsson’s imagination (that 'Asta' cadence and lick) and a hybrid Mediterranean here into Levantine sound. All pieces were written by Danielsson, the album recorded in Sweden in a Mölnlycke studio near Gothenburg and produced by singer Cæcilie Norby, Öström and Danielsson. Magnus Öström, top left, John Parricelli, Lars Danielsson, Grégory Privat. Photo: Seda Ozguven/ACT