British Jazz Awards 2015
The winners of the latest British Jazz Awards have been announced, with Digby Fairweather gaining the award for Services To British Jazz
The awards, announced by Jazz Rag magazine, include 12 categories for individual performers, two band categories and awards for the best new and best reissued albums of the year. There is also a special award for services to British jazz, won this year by Digby Fairweather (pictured right).
The British Jazz Awards have been presented every year since 1987. For the 2015 awards over 41,000 votes were cast by over 4,600 voters, by post, email and online. While most of the winners are established performers from the jazz mainstream, the 2015 award winners include trumpeter Laura Jurd, winner in the Rising Star category, and Beats & Pieces, who took fourth place in the Big Band category.
The process begins with a nomination panel of 20 jazz professionals, who independently put forward four names in each category. The four musicians with the most votes in each category are announced as the nominations and put to the popular vote, though voters are welcome to make their own choices from outside that list. In addition one award is made by nomination by the organisers themselves: Services to British Jazz. This year the award went to Digby Fairweather. As a musician, Fairweather’s achievements are regularly recognised by the British Jazz Award for Small Group for his Half Dozen, but his services to British jazz go far wider, as broadcaster, writer, educator, archivist and record producer.
The full list of winners is shown below: more information can be found on the British Jazz Awards Facebook page.
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