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The Jazz FM Awards 2013: And the Nominees are…

Jamie Cullum, Sonny Rollins and Roller Trio
up for the inaugural Jazz FM Awards 2013

With three months to go until the first Jazz FM Awards Powered by Klipsch, the nominations have been announced today, revealing that 2013 see’s Jamie Cullum up for UK Jazz Artist of the Year and Sonny Rollins up for International Artist of the Year. Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper will go head to head in the Album of the Year Award.

The 34 nominations recognise and commend those who have made exceptional contributions to jazz this year. The awards see new talent and legends up for the coveted gongs and the public will have the opportunity to get involved too with a public vote for the UK Jazz Artist of the Year. The public voting will begin on 1st November 2012.

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 31st 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.

Judges have been selected based on their roles and contributions to the jazz industry, with the UK Jazz Artist of the Year Award up for public vote. Online voting opens on 1st November 2012, at Also, be sure to enter our online competition for the opportunity to win a pair of Klipsch headphones.

The Jazz FM Awards Nominees are…


Enter your choice below for the UK Jazz Artist of the Year…

Voting closes 23:59 31st December 2012.

International Jazz Artist
Kurt Elling
Brad Mehldau
Sonny Rollins

Cutting Edge Award for Jazz Innovation
Django Bates
Robert Glasper

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)

Jazz Media

AllAboutJazz .com (website)
Do The Math (website of Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus)
Jazzwise (magazine)

Best UK Newcomer
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Josh Arcoleo
Roller Trio

UK Vocalist of the year
Carleen Anderson
Liane Carroll
Ian Shaw

UK Instrumentalist of the year
Nathaniel Facey (saxophonist with Empirical)
Ivo Neame (pianist with Phronesis)
Phil Robson

Live UK shows of the year
Gregory Porter
PB Underground

Best UK Jazz Venue
Band on the Wall
Café Oto
Ronnie Scott’s

The event is invitation only and with fewer than 270 guests, the event is an exclusive and intimate celebration, but will be broadcast live on Jazz FM with video highlights of the awards and performances available online.

More information on the award categories can be found at

The Nominations Panel:

Rob Adams (Freelance Journalist)
Mike Chadwick (Jazz FM / Manchester)
Clive Davis (The Times Jazz Writer)
Ross Dines (Pizza Express)
Alex Dutilh (Radio France Jazz Broadcaster, Journalist)
Mike Flynn (Jazzwise)
Nathan Graves (Consultant To Universal)
Mike Hobart (FT Jazz Writer)
John Kelman (Editor Allaboutjazz.Com, US)
Rosemary Laryea (Jazz FM)
Howard Mandel (Chair Of the US Jazz Journalists Association)
Helen Mayhew (Jazz FM)
Wulf Muller (All-In Music, Jazz Consultant To Sony/BMG)
Stuart Nicholson (Jazzwise)
Paul Pace (Promoter / Ronnie Scotts)
Steve Rubie (Promoter / 606)
Peter Schultze (Jazzahead, Germany)
Seb Scotney (London Jazz Blog)