Jazz community celebrates Bell Awards winners

From a Hall of Fame induction, to the Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, the awards celebrate the full jazz spectrum.

Award-winning jazz pianist Joseph O’Connor. Photo by Olivia Chindamo.

The nation’s jazz community gathered in Melbourne last night for the presentation of the 2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards, recognising outstanding recordings and live performances from 2013.

Pianist and composer Joseph O’Connor was awarded Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, adding to his already significant collection of accolades, which include the prestigious National Jazz Award (2013) and winning the 2011 National Big Band Composition Competition.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts