Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) and supported by PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, Jazz UK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.

Last night, the House of Commons played host to the eighth PPL sponsored Parliamentary Jazz Awards which was attended by a record number of MPs and peers, showing a cross-party love of jazz.

Now the only UK jazz awards the night was hosted by broadcaster Paul Gambaccini. Many MPs, Peers and renowned jazz musicians were present on the night including Jamie Cullum, Acker Bilk, Claire Martin, Laurie Holloway, Arts Minister Ed Vaizey MP, The Rt Hon Lord Prescott and Lord David Steel.

Here are the full list of winners:

Jazz Musician of the Year
Bobby Wellins

Jazz Album of the Year
Liane Carroll 'Up and Down'

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Live Jazz Award of the Year
The Spin, Oxford

Jazz Journalist of the Year
Jon Newey

Jazz Broadcaster of the Year
Jamie Cullum

Jazz Publication of the Year
Jazz UK

Jazz Education Award
Gary Crosby OBE

Services to Jazz Award
John Cumming

APPJAG Special Award
Acker Bilk


APPJAG has over 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a 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.