14 May 2018
2018 AUSTRALIAN JAZZ BELL AWARDS
Australian jazz society gathered in Melbourne’s Bird’s Basement on 14th of May 2018 to celebrate the winners the 16th Australian Jazz Bell Awards.
The 2018 winners are:
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the year, presented by Monash University – Barney McAll
Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album, presented by TarraWarra WineryEstate – Andrea Keller ‘Still Night: Music in Poetry’
Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year, presented by Fender Katsalidis Architects – Evan Harris
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album, presented by Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers – Barney McAll, ‘Hearing the blood’
Best Australian Jazz Song of the year, presented by APRA/AMCOS – Speedball ‘Judgement Day’
Best Produced Album, presented by ALFi records – Barney McAll ‘Hearing the blood’
Pianist Bob Sedergreen was inducted into Graeme Bell Hall of Fame this year.
The prestigious awards were decided by a judging panel which included key industry figures: Albert Dadon (Founder and Chairman of The Australian Jazz Bell Awards and owner of Bird’s Basement), Adrian Jackson (Artistic Director of the Wangaratta Jazz festival) , Gerry Koster (radio presenter), Martin Jackson (Founder of the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative), Jessica Nicholas (journalist and radio presenter) and John Shand (author, journalist, drummer and critic).
The Australian Jazz Bell Awards are named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, AO, “The Bells”, are prestigious and highly praised among musicians. Established in 2003, the Award celebrates and elevates excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of Jazz in Australia.
The winner in each category receives $5000 as well as the Award presented to the artist at the Gala Awards Ceremony.
The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited is a not-for-profit company.
For interviews with Albert Dadon, Founder and Chairman of the Australian Jazz Bell awards, and further information please contact Marina Grashchenkova