Monika S. Jakubowska invites you to nominate her for the Jazz Media category in Britain's Parliamentary Jazz Awards. To nominate Monika simple click this link(http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/parliamentary-jazz-awards/-2014-entry-form) and write her name in the category for Jazz Media. For samples of Monika's work please visit http://www.msjphotos.co.uk/
Monika continues to shoot some of Britain's biggest stars at places like Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Jazz, 606, The Vortex, Cafe Oto, Royal Festival Hall, Jazz Cafe POSK and many other prominent London Jazz venues. Prominent artists Monika has photographed include Mark Fletcher and Fletch's Brew(featuring Carl Orr, Steve Pearce and Freddie Gavita)Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Nigel Kennedy, John Etheridge, Michal Urbaniak, Ross Stanley, Abraham Wilson, Zhenya Strigalev, Brandon Allen, Soft Machine Legacy, Jim Hart, Alice Zawadzki, Papa George, The Groove Razors and many more.
Here is a recent statement in support of Monika's nomination: Here is your chance(you the public) to enter your nominations for the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Below are my choices. Since this her page, I'd like to say a few words about why I nominated Monika for the 'Jazz Media Award' category. I have always believed that the musical arts and the visual arts have had a very important relationship. Visionary artists from both the music world and the world of visual arts have helped create artistic concepts which have moved the souls of thousands throughout the years. From Willem Mengelberg's desire to unite early film technology with early sound recording or Herbert von Karajan's masterful concert films to great photographer/designer Storm Thorgerson who created photographic imagines forever identified with the music they accompanied; sound and vision have been intrinsically united in the psyche of 20th and 21st century music fans.
When several years ago I discovered Monika's photography, I knew I had found something special. In an age of glossy images devoid of any concept or personality, Monika's art is a breath of fresh air. In photographing Britain and Europe's finest jazz artists, Monika has demonstrated what music photography is about. Music photography is about transposing; not transposing one key to another, but transposing the emotions which lie in the notes, into emotions one can experience through the eye. Her music photography captures all of the poetry, unique personalities, beauty, pain and passion inherent in this thing called jazz; a style of music which is more alive, spontaneous and human than almost any other genre of music. Britain's finest jazz artists continually ask Monika to shoot their performances for this very reason; her photography captures the essence of the music. By nominating her for Britain's most prestigious jazz award, you'll help show a wider public what music photography is all about. It's not about faces or places; it's about the feeling that is embedded in the notes and more importantly in the notes between the notes; after all light travels faster than sound...so long as you've got the right shutter speed.
Other recommendations for those who may not be familiar with the London Jazz Scene
Jazz Album of the Year: Ray Russell: Now More Than Ever
Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Liane Carroll
Jazz Insturmentalist of the Year: Gary Husband
Jazz Ensamble of the Year: Fletch's Brew
Jazz Venue of The Year: Official Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club & Ronnie's Bar
Jazz Newcomer of The Year: Tomasz Bura
Jazz Media Award: Monika S. Jakubowska
Jazz Education Award: Mark Fletcher
Services To Jazz Award: Keith Tippett