Just after the official New Years Honours were announced, London Jazz News’ word search of the list returned a big fat zero. So no recognition this time by ‘her maj’ of services to jazz, or to humanity through the medium of jazz. However, I had been musing over repeating my own version of ‘jazz new year’s honours’ – its turning out to a biennial affair – so here goes, all to briefly and better late than never.
This isn’t meant to be a music awards list ( Parliamentary Jazz Awards coming up if any one wants to put their votes in) or a best of list. I, very objectively and with a complete absence of bias, think about people who I’ve noticed making things happen (for jazz and lovers of) when they don’t have to. That inevitably means its all quite local – otherwise I may not have noticed it – and generally something I’ve experienced directly or someone I’ve met.
So here we go ‘new year shout out to’
Wade Edwards – Later this year the Jazz at the Vaults gig at St. James Wine Vaults in Bath will celebrate 10 years of unbroken gigs. Wade gets a gig too as he’s the bass man in the house trio, but his energy and organising have meant its become a local institution with a big following. Thanks Wade.
Ian Storrer – Ian is a bit of an institution himself having run the Albert in Bedminster for years, but over the last couple of years, little by little, the latest spot at The Hen and Chicken has become more and more established until now we are getting a top class gig most months and sometimes more. January has been a bonanza. He’s making it pay and the rest of us are the gainers. Thanks Ian.
Craig Crofton Another tireless, musician organiser. Has anyone checked just how many years the Canteen Jam Session has been going and Craig has been the front man and fair minded, business like organiser for a while now since Greg Cordez passed the baton on. Lets not forget also the huge family of performing blowers he’s grown with Mark Archer through the Blow Out Sax school. Lots of people want to thank Craig.
Sebastian Scotney A bit of different one. London jazz News got a deserved award in the parliamentary jazz Awards, but this is a personal ‘honours list’ and the eclectic community of bloggers as well as the amount of promotion and encouragement to musicians the site makes happen all gives me a warm glow. Its down to Seb and he doesn’t have to do it. Thanks Seb.
It would be possible to reel out the same names every time I do this list, even if it is biennial. Maybe I should anyway.. there are weekly gigs going on, showcasing and promoting great music and these people don;t have to do it
Thanks Andy Hague at the BeBop (weekly on a Friday)
Thanks Jonathan Taylor at Fringe Jazz (now returned to The Fringe, weekly on Wednesday)
Thanks Steve Williams for Jazz at Future Inns (weekly on a Thursday)
Thanks Joe Spibey for the Ring 0 Bells in Bath (weekly on a Sunday)
And there’s an implied thanks to all the people who’s names I don’t know who set the rooms up, do the sound, take the money.