It’s all that jazz which has won Mike prize nomination

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Organiser of Scarborough Jazz Festival and the Cask-based club Mike Gordon has been nominated for an award for his services to jazz.

He is in a category with Chris Hodgkins, one-time director of Jazz Services, and UK saxophonist Evan Parker.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group and supported by music licencing company PPL and Jazz Services.

The awards allow the public to nominate their favourite jazz stars in a number of different categories, and are a fantastic way of celebrating those special individuals who make up our brilliant and diverse jazz scene.

“I am thrilled to be nominated,” said Mike who lives on Scarborough.

As pianist with his trio he founded Scarborough Jazz, which meets at the Cask every Wednesday, 31 years ago and since then the club has been providing 50 nights of jazz every year.

The festival is now in its 13th year and he hosts the event in the Scarborough Spa with audience figures of more than 1,000 for the evening events and 700 for the day.

The festival is self-funding with only small amounts of sponsorship from local businesses.

This year it runs from Friday September 25 to Sunday September 27.