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2 May 2014

2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: Keller, Bailey, Wilson

Andrea Keller Image: Andrea Keller  
© Natasha Blankfield

Andrea Keller Quartet's album Wave Rider has won one of this year's Australian Jazz Bell Awards, in the category 'Best Australian Modern Jazz Album'. The award ceremony was organised in Melbourne on Thursday night. A highlight of the evening was the induction of Judy Bailey, one of Australia's leading musicians and composers, into the Jazz Hall of Fame.

The winning Wave Rider album by Andrea Keller Quartet (Keller, Eugene Ball, Ian Whitehurst, Joe Talia) also features violinist & improviser Erkki Veltheim, violinist Helen Ayres, violist Matt Laing and cellist Zoe Knighton.

Julien Wilson and his Quartet (Wilson, Barney McAll, Jonathan Zwartz, Allan Browne) were by far the most successful nominees this year, winning three awards. Wilson's 'Trout River' won the Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year award, while Julien Wilson Quartet was ranked the Best Australian Jazz Ensemble and also awarded for the Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album (for This is Always).

The Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2014 - winners

Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
Allira Wilson ‐ Rise and Fall

Best Australian Modern Jazz Album:
Andrea Keller Quartet ‐ Wave Rider

Best Australian Contemporary 'Avant-garde' Jazz Album:
Monash Art Ensemble ‐ Monash Art Ensemble

Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album:
Julien Wilson Quartet ‐ This is Always

Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year:
Julien Wilson ‐ Trout River

Best Australian Jazz Ensemble:
Julien Wilson Quartet ‐ This is Always

Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year:
Joseph O'Connor ‐ Monash Art Ensemble

Further links

Bell Awards website (www.bellawards.or)
Andrea Keller - AMC profile
Andrea Keller - Wave Rider (Jazzhead)
Julien Wilson (http://julienwilson.com/)

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