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          Held, for the second year, at Shoreditch Town Hall, the Jazz FM Awards 2018 offered a glittering celebration of a music genre that has been written off for years but which is continuing to evolve and flourish in the 21st century. It was a star-studded event with Tito Jackson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Omar, and Nitin Sawhney there to present awards to victorious recipients on the night.

Those honoured ranged from newcomers like rising British sax star, Nubya Garcia (Breakthrough Act Of The Year), and Ezra Collective (who picked up the gong for UK Jazz Act Of The Year) to veterans such as Pat Metheny (PRS For Music Gold Award), George Benson (Impact Award), and Dame Cleo Laine (PPL Lifetime Achievement Award).

Other winners included female singers, Zara McFarlane (Vocalist Of The Year) and Cecile McLorin Salvant (International Jazz Artist Of The Year), while bassist/composer/singer Esperanza Spalding picked up the Digital Initiative Of The Year award for her album, ‘Exposure.’

There were also some stunning live performances on the night. British pianist, Ashley Henry, led a house band, which accompanied Nubya Garcia and Esperanza Spalding.  Cecile McLorin Salvant brought along her own pianist, Aaron Diehl, for a stunning rendition of Jimmy Rowles’ ‘The Peacocks.’  The most poignant performance of the evening came from Dame Cleo Laine singing ‘I’ve Got A Crush On You.’ She showed that even at 90, her voice still possesses a luminous beauty.


Here’s the full list of winners:

Breakthrough Act of the Year

Nubya Garcia

International Soul Artist of the Year


UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote)

Ezra Collective

Digital Initiative of the Year

Esperanza Spalding: Exposure

Instrumentalist of the Year

Evan Parker

International Blues Artist of the Year

Robert Cray

Jazz Innovation of the Year

Shabaka Hutchings: Multiple projects

Vocalist of the Year

Zara McFarlane

International Jazz Artist of the Year

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Album of the Year (Public Vote)

Thundercat – Drunk

Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote)

Ronnie Scott’s presents Ezra Collective – EFG London Jazz Festival at Islington Assembly Hall   

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award

Recipient: Dame Cleo Laine 

Impact Award

Recipient: George Benson

PRS for Music Gold Award

Recipient: Pat Metheny