In the second week of May, the Royal Academy of Music will be honouring five major figures in British jazz with an Associateship.
Of these, four will be awarded the Hon. ARAM (Hon is for people who have not been students of the Academy).
The great pianist, composer and educator Nikki Iles
Keith Loxam, producer of Jazz Line-Up since its inception ten years ago.
Jez Nelson , presenter of Jazz on 3, and Director of Somethin Else .
Nick Smart, the indefatigable engine room of the Royal Academy's jazz department.
Flautist, film composer, bandleader Gareth Lockrane will receive the ARAM. Having been a student at the Academy, his award dispenses with the prefatory "Hon."
Congratulations to five immensely hard-working and deserving people. Here's the equivalent list from last year