Allan Browne performs with his quintet

Allan Browne performs with the quintet that recorded Ithaca Bound.


Australian Jazz Bell Awards 
2016 shortlist

The Australian Jazz Award winners and the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame recipient will be announced at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards on Monday 20 June at Bird’s Basement.

The Bells, named in honour of one of the greats in Australian jazz — the late Graeme Bell, MBE AO — have a prize pool of $40,000. Each category title this year rewards the winner (or collective winners) with $5000 prize money.

Celebrating its 14th year in 2016, the awards recognise the exceptional talent of the Australian jazz community.

Shortlisted artists for the 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards – the only awards in Australia to acknowledge excellence specifically for jazz performance, creativity and presentation – have been announced across the seven categories.

Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
Kristin BerardiWhere Or When
Vince Jones + Paul GrabowskyProvenance
Olivia ChindamoKeep An Eye On Spring

Best Instrumental Jazz Album
Barney McAllMooroolbark
Angela DavisLady Luck
Julien Wilson QuartetThis Narrow Isthmus

Best Produced Album
Barney McAllMooroolbark
Mike Nock/ Laurence PikeBeginning And End of Knowing
Angela DavisLady Luck

Barney McAll

Barney McAll at this year’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Best Australian Jazz Song/Composition of the Year
Barney McAllNectar Spur (Mooroolbark)
Julien Wilson QuartetWeeping Willow (This Narrow Isthmus)
Angela DavisA thousand Feet from Bergen Street (Lady Luck)

Best Australian Small Jazz Band (Up to 6 members)
Barney McAll + A.S.I.O. (Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit) – Mooroolbark
Allan Browne QuintetIthaca Bound
Alister Spence TrioAlister Spence Trio: Live

Best Australian Jazz Ensemble
Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra2015 Live Performance Compilation
Daniel SusnjarThe Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Mace Francis OrchestraMusic For Average Photography

Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (Musicians up to and including 25 years of age)
Olivia ChindamoKeep An Eye On Spring
James McLeanCounter Clockwork
Niran DasikaManticore (Phantom)

Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited was founded by prominent jazz musician Albert Dadon AM, who led the inaugural Australian Jazz Bell Awards in 2003.

“The prestigious Australian Jazz Bell Awards honour the jazz art form in Australia, recognising the achievements of young, upcoming and established Australian jazz performers and composers,” Mr Dadon said.

Visit the Bell Awards website for more information.

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