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BBC Award Nominees Announced

Do you spend a lot of time wondering what kind of jazz the British think is the tops? Whew. We thought we were the only ones. Wonder no more, the nominees for the BBC’s third annual Jazz Awards have been announced. What’s just absolutely fab is that the winner for best album will be picked by the public, American Idol style. You can vote right now:

By Internet: and

By phone: 08700 100 200 and 08700 100 300

By mail (the Brits call it “post”): BBC Jazz Awards Room 436 Pebble Mill Road Birmingham B5 7QQ

The award winners will be announced on July 29 at a ceremony in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. They name everything after her.

The nominees:

Best Album

Gilad Atzmon – Exile

Guy Barker – Soundtrack

Chris Bowden – Slightly Askew
Best Band

Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble

Guy Barker’s International

Tim Garland and the Dean Street Underground Orchestra
Best Vocalist

Stacey Kent

Claire Martin

Clare Teal

Best Instrumentalist

Guy Barker

Brian Kellock

Peter King

Rising Star

Jamie Cullum

Seb Rochford

Clare Teal

Best New Work

Brian Irvine – Interrupting Cutler

Robert Mitchell – Equinox

Chris Bowden – Slightly Askew

Jazz Innovation

Byron Wallen – particularly for Sacred Circles with Cleveland Watkiss plus Indigo and music for Langston Hughes.

Oren Marshall – particularly for his solo work: The story of Speedy Sponda Part One – In A Quiet Room

Iain Ballamy – particularly Food Veggie & Jazz on 3 session.
Jazz Heritage

To be announced at the awards ceremony

Lifetime Achievement

To be announced at the awards ceremony

International Artist of the Year

To be announced on June 1st

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