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29 October 2014
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Winners of the BBC Jazz Awards 2003

BBC Radios 2 and 3 came together tonight to present the third annual BBC Jazz Awards which were held at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Co-hosted by Courtney Pine and the legendary Humphrey Lyttelton, the event was a star-studded gala celebrating the entire spectrum of the jazz idiom.

Humphrey Lyttelton and Courtney Pine co-host the BBC Jazz Awards 2003

The ceremony featured award presentations by such jazz-loving stars as Ulrika Jonsson, Paul Weller, Michael Parkinson, Warren Mitchell and Georgie Fame.

Performances came from a number of the most talented and well known musicians in the world, with The Merseysippi Jazz Band, recipients of The Award for Jazz Heritage, enthusiastically opening the proceedings.

Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble added an infusion of political intellectualism, performing from his album "Exile" which subsequently received the award for Best CD.

In a stunningly entertaining duet, Best Vocalist recipient Claire Martin joined forces with Rising Star winner Jamie Cullum providing the awards with a magnetic sense of energy proclaiming with great clarity and vibrance that jazz is anything but a floundering art.

Brian Irvine followed up with an eclectic mix of brass and strings showcasing a fantastically organic, sensuous sound that combines influences from a number of genres.

In one of the evening's pleasant surprises, the Swedish trio E.S.T (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) was a crowd pleaser displaying the unique, accessible blend of showmanship that has made them as popular in traditional jazz venues as rock festivals.

Culminating the night's activities was a technically masterful performance from the renowned Guy Barker International Septet, who also picked up a well deserved Best Band Award.

The award presenters and winners are detailed below:

Award Winner
Presented By
Jazz Heritage Award
The Merseysippi Jazz Band
Craig Charles
Best Vocalist Award
Claire Martin
Georgie Fame
Rising Star Award
Jamie Cullum
Michael Parkinson
Best CD Award
Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble ('Exile')
Verity Sharp
Best Instrumentalist Award
Brian Kellock
Michael Garrick
Best New Work Award
'Interrupting Cutler' by Brian Irvine
Django Bates
Jazz Innovation Award
Byron Wallen
Claude Deppa
Services to Jazz Award
Tony Dudley Evans
Diane Parish
Lifetime Achievement Award
George Shearing
Warren Mitchell
International Artist Award
Esbjorn Svensson Trio, E.S.T
Ulrika Jonsson
Best Band Award
Guy Barker's International Septet
Paul Weller

Notes to Editors

The awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Monday 4 August from 7.00 to 8.30pm and on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up on Saturday 2 August at 4.00pm.

The awards will also be available online as a streamable webcast from Monday at

BBC Jazz Awards 2003 - presenters, International Artist of the Year and Jazz Heritage winner announced (16.07.03)

BBC Jazz Awards 2003 - nominees announced (16.05.03)

Winners of the BBC Jazz Awards 2002 (31.07.02)

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