Parliamentary Awards : Winners ...and winners on the night

Here- in bold- are the 2009 Parliamentary Awards winners. And then a few unofficial ones on the night...

There were nine categories, and a tenth , special award.

1) Jazz Musician of the Year

Jason Yarde
Phil Robson

Zem Audu

2) Jazz CD

Norma Winstone, ‘Distances’

Phil Robson, ‘Six Strings & the Beat’

The Sam Crockatt Quartet, ‘Howeird’

3) Jazz Ensemble

Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors

Ryan Quigley Sextet

Zoe & Idris Rahman’s ‘Where Rivers Meet’ project

4) Jazz Venue

606 Club (London)

Fleece Jazz (South East England)

St Ives Jazz Club (Cornwall)

The Spin (Oxford)

Wakefield Jazz (Yorkshire)

5) Jazz Journalist

Kevin LeGendre

Mike Flynn

John L Walters

6) Jazz Broadcaster

Alyn Shipton

Mike Chadwick

Sarah Ward

7) Jazz Publication


8) Jazz Education

Nikki Iles

Orphy Robinson

Richard Michael

9) Services to Jazz

Brian Blain

Celia Greenwood

Val Wilmer

10) Special Award

Ronnie Scott's on its 50th Anniversary


Awards on the night

1) Best Gaffe

John Prescott (who else, you might ask?)

"On June 21st we'll be electing a new sleeper.........I mean speaker."

2) Shortest acceptance speeches

First equal, and much appreciated: Ryan Quigley and Sam Crockatt.

3) Most touching acceptance speech

Kevin Le Gendre, explaining how lucky to do a job he loves, and paying sincere tribute to his father, far less fortunate

4) Best mimic

Richard Michael's imitation of a Cowdenbeath teenager refusing to take any nonsense from a row of educational suits.

5) Best Yahboo moment

Richard Wheatly of JazzFM talking about his 500,000 audience numbers:
"That's one in the eye for Smooth and one in the bank for Jazz."

6) Prize for comic timing

Liane Carroll, presenting an award:

"Thank you all SO much..(thinks) ..Oh no, I haven't won anything"

7) Getting carried away adlibbing Award

Paul Gambaccini announcing his engagement to Helen Mayhew.

8) Special always the bridesmaid/thank you for turning up Award

Mark Doffman of the Spin in Oxford. Fourth time nominee....


  1. Here's the release from PPL with notes about the winners

    And here's an ice-cold counterblast to the music industry lobby from Vic Keegan in today's Guardian

  2. I wonder if there will be one next year, with the upheavals going on and articles on a few of the MPs involved. If not, then what sort of celebration of UK jazz is left?