Rolling Stones’ drummer, CHARLIE WATTS – a long time jazz and blues aficionado whose latest album, ‘Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band,‘ has just been released on the iconic Impulse! label – is set to be the recipient of the ‘Gold Award’ at this month’s Jazz FM Awards in London. The award is being given to honour Watts’ contribution to jazz and blues. Watts has also been nominated with his band, the ROLLING STONES in two categories: Album of the Year and Best Blues Album.
In a statement, Watts said: “I am very grateful to be honoured by Jazz FM for my contribution to Jazz and Blues. I’ve always loved and been influenced by the music and its players. It was one of the reasons I wanted to be a musician myself. It’s still important that we continue to support this music to ensure it lives on for the next generations.“
Another veteran of the British R&B scene getting recognition is GEORGIE FAME, who will be stopping by to pick up a PPL Lifetime Achievement Award as well as performing with a band that includes Guy Barker and Alec Dankworth.
Jazz FM has also revealed that LAURA MVULA will be performing at the awards ceremony (which take place on the night of April 25th at Shoreditch Town Hall) as well as David Bowie collaborator, saxophonist DONNY McCASLIN.
See the full list of nominations here: