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  Set to take place on International Jazz Day on Monday April 30th at Shoreditch Town Hall in London, this year’s Jazz FM awards will be honouring newcomers, innovators, and established practitioners of the jazz idiom.  

Double Grammy winner, US singer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, is due to perform at the ceremony, and is also a nominee in the category of International Jazz Artist of the Year, alongside Thundercat and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Elsewhere, British acts are well represented and include Shabaka Hutchings, Jacob Collier, Yazz Ahmed, Jordan Rakei, Evan Parker, Rob Luft, and Zara McFarlane.

Also up for a gong are Esperanza Spalding, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, and soul veteran Leroy Hutson

The full list of nominees are…

    altBreakthrough Act of the Year

Ezra Collective

Nubya Garcia

Rob Luft


Soul Artist of the Year

Jordan Rakei

Leroy Hutson


UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote)


Ezra Collective

Kansas Smitty’s House Band


Digital Initiative of the Year

Esperanza Spalding: Exposure

Jacob Collier: I Harm U

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club: Live Streaming


Instrumentalist of the Year

Evan Parker

Theon Cross

Yazz Ahmed


Blues Artist of the Year

Lucky Peterson

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Robert Cray


Jazz Innovation of the Year

 Carleen Anderson: Cage Street Memorial

Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin: Idiom

Shabaka Hutchings


Vocalist of the Year

Alice Zawadzki

Liane Carroll

Zara McFarlane


International Jazz Artist of the Year

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah



Album of the Year (Public Vote)

Blue Note All-Stars – Our Point of View

Cécile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Diaspora

Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane

Phronesis – The Behemoth

Thundercat – Drunk


Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote)

A Concert for Alice and John – Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Denys Baptiste and Alina Bzhezhinska – EFG London Jazz Festival at The Barbican

An evening with Dave Holland – Ambleside Days Festival at Zephirellis Cinema

Jazz Re:Fest at Southbank Centre

Makaya McCraven featuring Theon Cross Trio and Jaimie Branch Fly or Die Ensemble – CHICAGOXLONDON Day 1 at Total Refreshment Centre

Randolph Matthews – Jazz in the Round at Love Supreme Festival

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