The glitterati will be putting on their glad rags tonight to attend THE JAZZ FM AWARDS 2015, which takes place tonight at Vinopolis in the heart of London. Hosted by actor/comedian, JOHN THOMSON (of ‘The Fast Show’ and ‘Cold Feet’ fame), the awards also feature live performances from the HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR, REBECCA FERGUSON, and legendary South African horn maestro, HUGH MASEKELA, who will be picking up a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Past winners of the awards, which not only celebrate jazz but also blues and soul and started in 2013, include GREGORY PORTER, ROBERT GLASPER and KURT ELLING.
Here are the full nominations:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (voted for by the public): Ambrose Akinmusire (‘The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint’), D’Angelo (‘Black Messiah’), Dianne Reeves (‘Beautiful Life’), Chris Potter Underground Orchestra (‘Imaginary Cities’), Polar Bear (‘In Each and Every One’), Troyka (‘Ornithophobia’).
LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR, sponsored by 7digital (Public Vote): Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Blue Note 75th Birthday at EFG London Jazz Festival, Jamie Cullum at Love Supreme Jazz Festival
UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Yamaha Music (Public Vote): GoGo Penguin, Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet
BREAKTHROUGH ACT, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management: Bill Laurance, GoGo Penguin, Peter Edwards
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: Alex Hawkins, Laura Jurd, Shabaka Hutchings
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR, sponsored by CityJet: Alice Zawadzki, Lauren Kinsella, Zara McFarlane
JAZZ INNOVATION OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Mishcon de Reya: Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, Theo Croker
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Taylor’s Port: Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy
BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dr John, Otis Taylor, Valerie June
SOUL ARTIST OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Conrad London St. James: D’Angelo, Jarrod Lawson, Lalah Hathaway
PPL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Hugh Masekela