MJF Award Winners

The leading acts from the past two Margate Jazz Festivals were both honoured at  last night’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards dinner held at the House of Commons. Singer Emilia Mårtensson was awarded Jazz Vocalist of the Year and saxophonist Evan Parker was given a special award  for his lifetime contribution to jazz in the UK. Anyone who saw Evan in action at the Turner Contemporary during the 2014 Margate Jazz Festival will appreciate his description during the awards as “the greatest living exponent of free improvisation” and a “mesmerising presence on stage performing astonishing feats of respiratory endurance and technical multitasking”.  Unfortunately we don’t have a clip to show, but click here to see Emilia mesmerising her audience at last year’s Margate Jazz Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqF2fElwCJY