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BBC Radio Announces Second Annual Jazz Awards

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 31 July at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

Last year’s 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. 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 year’s 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 6 May.

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 BBC’s unique support for the genre an annual event."

Terry Carter, Producer, BBC Radio Jazz Awards, said: "This year’s 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 Britain’s 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 Lyttleton’s Best of Jazz, Courtney Pine’s Jazz Crusade, Stacey Kent’s Big Band Special, Michael Parkinson’s 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 Radio’s position as the market leader in bringing jazz, both old and new, to the listening public.

The BBC Radio Jazz Awards take place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday 31 July and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Monday 5 August (7.00 to 8.30pm) and on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up on Saturday 3 August (4.00pm).

There will be more information on the awards and a chance to listen to the acts on BBC Radio 2 Online at and BBC Radio 3 Online at

Notes to Editors

BBC Radio Jazz Award winners in 2001

Best Band: Courtney Pine Band
Rising Star: Alex Wilson
Best Instrumental: Alan Barnes
Best Vocalist: Norma Winstone
Best Album: Jean Toussaint’s Nazaire - The Street Above The Underground
Best New Work: Chris Batchelor
Jazz Innovation: Iain Ballamy
Services To Jazz: Pete King (Ronnie Scott's)
International Award: Clark Terry
Lifetime Achievement: Humphrey Lyttelton

BBC Radio 2 Jazz Shows

Humphrey Lyttleton’s Best of Jazz – Mondays at 8.00pm
Courtney Pine’s Jazz Crusade – Mondays at 9.00pm (new series starts, 24 June 2002)
Stacey Kent’s Big Band Special - Mondays at 10.00pm
Michael Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement – Sundays at 11.00am
The Jools Holland Show - Mondays at 9.00pm

BBC Radio 3 Jazz Shows

Jazz Legends – Fridays at 4.00pm
Jazz On 3 – Fridays at 11.30pm
Jazz Line-up – Saturdays at 4.00pm
Jazz Record Requests – Saturdays at 5.00pm
Jazz File – Saturday at 6.00pm



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