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    JLR Interview Series - Gwilym Simcock April 2021

    Andrea Vicari interviewed pianist Gwilym Simcock to discuss his career to date, Pat Metheny association and life in lockdown. April 2021.

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    Press Release

    Voting is now open for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which this year will take place online. Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline set for midnight on Tuesday 14th May 2021. The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.

    "These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who keep jazz flourishing, in spite of the challenges they faced in 2020”.  John Spellar MP, Lord Mann, Co-chairs of APPJAG, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP, Vice Chairs.

    To vote please go to: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/parliamentaryjazzawards2021/                                     

    Please note the criteria for the different categories:

    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.

    The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann.

    Notes to the Editor

    The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. The Group’s officers as at the Annual General Meeting on 22nd March 2021 are Co-Chairs, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are Lord Colwyn and Sarah Champion MP.

    The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com the web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

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    JLR Interview Series: Joanna Connor February 2021

    Richard Carabine interviewed the "Queen of Blues Rock Guitar" Joanna Connor to discuss her new album called 4801 South Indiana Avenue.

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