Pianist Gwilym Simcock was named jazz musician of the year, one of the top honors at last night's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards.

Other winners included Jez Nelson for jazz broadcaster of the year, Jazzwise as the publication of the year, and Pizza Express in London's Soho as venue of the year.

A special award was given to Bill Ashton, for his dedication to the jazz genre in the United Kingdom. Ashton founded the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) in 1965, and continues to run it today

The event, hosted by veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, took place Tuesday at the House of Commons in London.

Mercury Music Prize nominee Zoƫ Rahman, a winner at last year's jazz awards, performed a forty-five minute set.

In a statement, Bob Blizzard, member of parliament and secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, said in a statement, "We are delighted to honor all of the winners who have done so much to advance British jazz. We are very pleased that by holding these awards, parliament is able to promote British jazz in this way."

The APPJAG has more than 120 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, who aim to raise interest among parliamentarians on jazz and issues affecting the jazz music industry.

London-based U.K. music industry service company PPL sponsored the event.