Scottish group Brass Jaw have been voted ‘Jazz Ensemble of The Year’ at the 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Brass Jaw by Calum Morrell

Since the demise of the BBC Jazz Awards, the Parliamentary Awards, run by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group in conjunction with Jazz Services, are recognised as the most prestigious in the UK.

“We are delighted and honoured to receive this award – it marks the culmination of a lot of hard work for us over the last few years, and it will inspire us to move forward with what we are doing” says baritone saxophonist Allon Beauvoisin.

“It’s always nice to be recognised, and we are really pleased and quite flattered to be recognised in this way. Hopefully the exposure that goes with these sorts of awards will ultimately allow us to play our music for more people” says alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow.

The award comes at a busy time for in Brass Jaws international touring schedule, which has seen them perform in recent months across Europe, including at the Jazzkaar Festival in Estonia.

They will perform the opening concert of Glasgow International Jazz Festival at The City Halls on 29th June at 6pm.

Brass Jaw are:

Ryan Quigley (Trumpet)

Paul Towndrow (Alto Saxophone)

Konrad Wiszniewski (Tenor Saxophone)

Allon Beauvoisin (Baritone Saxophone)


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