And the winner is… SANDY EVANS


When the sky cries rainbows

The Jagermeister Independent Music Awards judges — all 100 of them — have voted Sandy Evans‘ album When the Sky Cries Rainbows as Best Independent Jazz Album for 2011. The announcement was made at The 6th Annual Jagermeister Independent Music Awards presentation on Wednesday, October 12.

The other nominees were:

Allan Browne, Marc Hannaford, Sam Anning: Shreveport Stomp (Jazzhead)

Daniel Gassin Sextet: Daniel Gassin Sextet (Which Way Music)

Elixir featuring Katie Noonan: First Seed Ripening (ABC Music)

Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band: Aurora (Gracemusic)

Shannon Barnett Quartet: Country (Which Way Music)

Congratulations to Sandy Evans and her ensemble. The award is richly deserved. Ausjazz blog’s review predicted this album would be the best of 2011 (subject, of course, to any yet to come) and gave it 4.5 stars.

For any who are not up to speed on these awards, Nick O’Byrne, General Manager of Australian Independent Record Labels Association, explains that they are presented by The Australian Independent Record Labels Assocoiation. AIR is the national body that represents independent master rights owners (record labels and self-released artists).

“Its main tasks are advocacy, professional development for labels, collective bargaining and promotion of the independent sector (that’s where these awards fit in),” O’Byrne says.

Here is the awards website: awards website

“There at 11 categories in these awards. The Best Independent Jazz Album Award is selected by approximately 100 members of a judging pool that we’ve put together which comprises Jazz focussed musicians, bloggers, reviewers, broadcasters and music industry representatives. We’ve worked hard over the last couple of years to build a strong pool of knowledgeable members of the jazz community to help us decide who should win the award.

“We asked the judging pool to nominate albums for a long-list. This long-list (about 45 albums) is then re-presented to the judging pool from which they vote for their favourite three albums in order. We tally up all votes and announce the top 5 as official ‘nominees’,” O’Byrne says. (He may mean the top six).


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