Congratulations to Judy Bailey, a stalwart on the Australian jazz scene, though admittedly she is another New Zealander that we have claimed as our own.

From the 60’s Judy has been involved in the Australian jazz scene from regular performances at the legendary El Rocco Jazz Cellar (with John Sangster, Don Burrows and Graeme Lyall to name but a few), TV appearances and now as well as performing, Judy is also a well respected educator at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – where she continues lecturing to this day.

Judy has just been inducted into the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame and adds this to her other prestigious awards, including the inaugural APRA Award for ‘Jazz Composition’, an Australian Entertainment Industry ‘MO’ for ‘Jazz Performance’ and in 2004 an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) awarded by the Australian Government for ‘Services to Music and Education’. Distinguished Services to Australian Music from APRA/MCA.

Congratulations to the other winners in this year’s Bell awards

TarraWarra Estate Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
Allira Wilson with ‘Rise and Fall’

Palace Cinemas Most Original Australian Jazz Album
Andrea Keller Quartet with ‘Wave Rider’

Ubertas Group Best Australian Contemporary ‘Avant-garde’ Jazz Album
Monash Art Ensemble with ‘Monash Art Ensemble’

Brand Partners Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album
Julien Wilson Quartet with ‘This is Always’

APRA/AMCOS Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year
Julien Wilson with ‘Trout River’

Monash University Best Australian Jazz Ensemble
Julien Wilson Quartet with ‘This is Always’

Fender Katsalidis Architects Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year
Joseph O’Connor with ‘Monash Art Ensemble’

Judy Bailey