Birmingham soul legend Jaki Graham has been announced as the host of the 2013 British Jazz Awards.
St Paulâs Church in the Jewellery Quarter will host the best jazz musicians in the UK as the prestigious awards ceremony makes a return to Birmingham on July 10th, 27 years after it started in the city.
The event, known in the industry as the âJazz Oscarsâ, is being produced in partnership with the Jewellery Quarter BID and the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival.
Jaki has enjoyed chart success for more than 30 years with hits such as âCould it Be Iâm Falling In Love?â, âSet Me Freeâ and a version of Chaka Khanâs âAinât Nobodyâ, which topped the USA Billboard dance charts for five weeks in the 1990s.
More recently, Jaki has toured with the BBC Big Band, accompanied Michael McDonald and Al Green on their UK âLegendsâ arena tour, and joined Sir Cliff Richard on his successful âSouliciousâ arena tour.
Last year, Jaki released her first, long-awaited studio album in over 15 years. âFor Sentimental Reasonsâ pays homage to some of her favourite jazz classics with a contemporary twist.
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Jim Simpson, former manager of Black Sabbath, started the British Jazz Awards with legendary jazz personalities Humphrey Lyttleton and Benny Green.
He said: âWe felt that Jazz musicians were often overlooked for their talents and so decided to set up the British Jazz Awards to celebrate the genre. The Jewellery Quarter BID has helped bring the awards back to Birmingham and we are very excited to have Jaki as the host.â
Luke Crane, Jewellery Quarter BID manager, said: âWe are very honoured to be hosting the awards in St Paulâs Church. Situated in a beautiful Georgian square in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, the church is a unique venue and will provide fantastic acoustics for the artistsâ performances. It promises to be a fantastic evening.â
Jazz fans from throughout the UK have voted for their favourite artists in 16 categories. These include 11 instrumental categories, awards for Rising Star, Big Band, and Small Group, plus industry awards to record companies for Best New Album and Best Reissue. There is also an award for Services To British Jazz, decided by the British Jazz Awards panel.
Winners will be presented with a treble clef award provided by Jewellery Quarter-basedÂ company WH Darby. The Birmingham Assay Office will engrave the awards with the winnersâ names.
Several of this yearâs nominees, along with an exciting array of musicians from around the world, will also be playing at venues across the city as part of the 29th
Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival (5th
July). Over 200 (mostly) free performances will take music to pubs, restaurants and public places around the city, making up Europeâs biggest free jazz party. For more information on jazz events in the Jewellery Quarter, please visit www.jewelleryquarter.net/jazz
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