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The 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards shortlist

Bells---wideThe shortlist for this year’s Australian Jazz “BELL” Awards has been officially announced. This year’s crop has been extraordinary, with many great albums submitted in the competition. The amount of talent in this list is overwhelming, and it is bound to make the work of the judges very hard. 

In the category of Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album, the shortlist nominees are:

Kristin Berardi – Where or When

Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky – Provenance

Olivia Chindamo – Keep An Eye On Spring

In the category of Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album, the shortlist nominees are:

Barney McAll – Mooroolbark

Angela Davis – Lady Luck

Julien Wilson Quartet  This Narrow Isthmus

In the category of Best Produced Album, the shortlist nominees are:

Barney McAll – Mooroolbark
Mike Nock/Laurence Pike – Beginning And End of Knowing

Angela Davis – Lady Luck

In the category of Best Australian Small Jazz Band, the shortlist nominees are:

Barney McAll + A.S.I.O (Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit) – Mooroolbark
Allan Browne Quintet – Ithaca Bound

Alister Spence Trio – Alister Spence Trio: Live

In the category of Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year, the shortlist nominees are:

Barney McAll – Mooroolbark – Nectar Spur

Julien Wilson Quartet – This Narrow Isthmus – Weeping Willow

Angela Davis – Lady Luck – A Thousand Feet From Bergen Street

In the category of Best Australian Jazz Ensemble, the shortlist nominees are:

Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra 2015 Live Performance Compilation
Daniel Susnjar – The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Mace Francis Orchestra – Music For Average Photography

In the category of Young Australian Jazz Artist Of The Year, the shortlist nominees are:

Olivia Chindamo – Keep An Eye On Spring
James McLean – Counter Clockwork

Niran DasikaManticore (Phantom)

Explore more of the nominations on Nominations page. The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony, which is set to take place on Monday 20 June, at Bird’s Basement – it’s already sold out, apparently

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I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. Also a father, a husband, a writer, an editor, a coffee addict, a type 1 diabetic and an expat. Born and raised in Athens. Based in Melbourne. Jazz is my country.