Things are really hotting up within the new UK Jazz Rat Pack. Jazz sensations Clare Teal and million pound Verve signing Jamie Cullum have been pitted against each other in the nominations for the annual BBC Jazz Awards - both are nominated for "Rising Star", however Clare Teal is breaking new ground by also being nominated in a second catagory "Best Vocalist". Luckily there will be no hard feelings however comes away with an award as it is a well known fact that Jamie and Clare are close friends. In fact, news has just reached me from Clare's management that Jamie has recorded a duet with Clare for her new album which should be in the shops on September 8th. Clare is the first vocalist to be nominated for anything other than a vocal award at the BBC Jazz Awards. Another young "Rat Pack"musician Dylan Howe, son of legendary "Yes" guitarist Steve Howe, is rumoured to have signed a multi album deal with a new UK jazz label while leading funk tromboneist Dennis Rollins is receiving massive critical acclaim for his new album "Make Your Move".