The nominations for the first Jazz FM Awards have been revealed.
The 34 nominations recognise and commend those who have made exceptional contributions to jazz this year. The public will have the opportunity to get involved too with a vote for the UK Jazz Artist of the Year which will begin on November 1, 2012 at www.jazzfmawards.com.
The nominations were chosen by a 13-strong panel of experts which included jazz journalists Clive Davis, Mike Hobart, Rob Adams, Stuart Nicholson and Seb Scotney; the live jazz promoters Steve Rubie (the 606 Club), Paul Pace (Ronnie Scott's) and Ross Dines (Pizza Express); and international commentators including John Kelman (editor of AllAboutJazz.com), chair of the US Jazz Journalists Association Howard Mandel and Peter Schulze of the German jazz expo Jazzahead.
The winners will be named at the awards ceremony on January 31 at Number One Marylebone and will be selected by an expert panel of judges including: John Cumming, Director of Serious Productions, Tony Dudley-Evans, Artistic Director of Birmingham Jazz and of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Alex Webb, songwriter, musician and journalist.
The exclusive, intimate event is invitation only but will be broadcast live on Jazz FM with video highlights of the awards and performances available online.
Notable nominees include Jamie Cullum for UK Jazz Artist of the Year, Sonny Rollins for International Artist of the Year and Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper will go head-to-head in the Album of the Year Award.
The full list of nominees is below:
International Jazz Artist
Cutting Edge Award for Jazz Innovation
Album Of The Year
Robert Glasper: Black Radio
Keith Jarrett: Sleeper
Pat Metheny: Unity Band
Gregory Porter: Be Good
John Surman: Saltash Bells
Ryan Truesdell: Centenial (Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans)
Do The Math (website of Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus)
Best UK Newcomer
Troyka feat. Kit Downes
Public Vote - UK Jazz Artist of the Year - Voting opens on 1st November 2012
Neil Cowley Trio
UK Vocalist of the Year
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Nathaniel Facey (saxophonist with Empirical)
Ivo Neame (pianist with Phronesis)
Live UK Shows of the Year
Best UK Jazz Venue
Band on the Wall