With only two weeks to go until 2018’s Jazz FM Awards, which will be held at Shoreditch Town Hall on Monday April 30th, it’s been announced that two jazz icons – UK vocal legend Dame CLEO LAINE, and US guitar virtuoso and multi-Grammy winner, GEORGE BENSON – will both be honoured at the ceremony. Dame Cleo will be the recipient of a PPL Lifetime Achievement Award while George Benson will pick up the Impact Award gong.
Commenting on her award, Dame Cleo said: “It is an incredible honour to be the recipient of this year’s PPL Lifetime Achievement Award. Jazz continues to amaze me every day and I feel privileged to have been able to spend my life performing around the world and sharing music with many wonderful people. Thank you very much to Jazz FM for recognizing my work.”
Much-admired US jazz singer, Cecile McLorin Salvant, who’s been nominated in two categories – International Jazz Artist of the Year and Album of the Year – is set to perform on the night, accompanied by the Jazz FM House Band led by UK pianist and recent Sony Music-signing, Ashley Henry.