Jan 232017

Nominations are now open for 15th annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards.

Named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, AO, “The Bells” are prestigious and highly praised among musicians. They celebrate and elevate excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of Jazz in Australia.

The winner in each of the 7 award categories receives $5000 as well as the Award, which is represented by a much coveted statuette which is presented to the artist at the gala awards ceremony at Bird’s Basement, 18th May and is pictured here.

Previous winners include a Who’s Who of jazz players including Kristin Berardi, Joe Chindamo, Allan Browne Quintet, Julien Wilson, Tina Harrod, The Necks, Paul Grabowski and many others.

Nominations for the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards will close on 15th March 2017.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be downloaded from bellawards.org.

The 2017 awards categories are:
· Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
· Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album
· Best Produced Album
· Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year
· Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year
· Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year
· Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame

The prestigious awards will be decided by a judging panel of leading members of the Australian and international jazz community.

Winners of the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards will be announced at a gala event at Bird’s Basement on 18th May 2017.


The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited is a not-for-profit company.