On Monday 23 September, the 17th annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards acknowledged and applauded excellence of creativity, recording, performance and presentation of jazz in Australia.
[From the Media Release | Photos: Kevin Peterson]
The esteemed industry event celebrated the achievements of jazz musicians over the past year, with pianist
Barney McAll and Andrea Keller being honoured for the second year running.
A total of seven categories were announced, including the prestigious Hall of Fame award. The winner of each category was presented an award along with $5,000 prize money.
Miriam Zolin, former editor of this website, was the MC of the event. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Adrian Jackson with Tamara Kuldin. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Jackey Cole and Jack Pantazis (R) | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Martin Jackson with his wife, Jan. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Henry Manetta, Adam Rudegeair and Nadira Farid | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Jonathan Zwartz (centre) performs a new piece, along with Barney McAll, Julien Wilson and Felix Bloxsom. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Jessica Nicholas (R) | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Stonnington Jazz Festival Artistic Directors Past and Present: Adrian Jackson (centre) and Chelsea Wilson (right), | Photo: Kevin Peterson
The ceremony took place at
Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, and judges included Albert Dadon, Martin and Adrian Jackson and Jessica Nicholas.
Winners for each category:
Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album (Sponsored by Brand Partners): Josh Kyle – Trombone Song Cycle
Adrian Jackson presents Josh Kyle with the Bell Award for the Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album (Sponsored by Jazz Corner Hotel): Sam Anning – Across A Field As Vast As One
(L-R) Miriam Zolin, (Jazz Corner Hotel Manager) Harry Isen, Natasha Fearnside (who received the Best Instrumental Album Award on behalf of Sam Anning) and drummer Raj Jayaweera. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Best Produced Album (Sponsored by Alfi Records): Barney McAll Feat. Monash Art Ensemble – Zephyrix
Alfi Records’ Gary Szoka presents Barney McAll with the Bell Award for Best Produced Album. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Ubertas): Andrea Keller – Five Below Live
Bassist Mick Meagher receives the Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Ensemble, on behalf of Nine Below bandleader Andrea Keller. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Fender Katsalidis): Niran Dasika – Suzaku
Karl Fender presents Niran Dasika with the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Best Australian Jazz Work of the Year (Sponsored by APRA/AMCOS): Jonathan Zwartz – ‘Animarum’ (From ) Animarum
Jonathan Zwartz receives the Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Work of the Year from APRA/AMCOS’ Chris O’ Neill. | Photo: Kevin Peterson
Saxophonist Sandy Evans was inducted into the Hall of Fame, following posthumous inductees Bryce Rohde, Horst Liepolt and Allan Zavod.
Jonathan Zwartz receives the Greame Bell Hall of Fame Award, on behalf of Sandy Evans, from Simon Barr (representing Bird’s Basement). | Photo: Kevin Peterson Here at Australian Jazz Net, we’d like to congratulate everyone who made it to the shortlist:
Harriett Allcroft and Margie Lou Dyer (nominated for Best Australian Vocal Jazz Album); Flora Carbo and Josh Bennier (nominated for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year); and Mat Jodrell (nominated for Best Australian Jazz Work, Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Produced Album).