The shortlist for the Jazz FM Awards have been announced at a station event in London at ‘Melomania at Cambridge Audio’.
Bassist Thundercat, formidable vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, and pioneering trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah are all up for awards alongside Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Jacob Collier and Yazz Ahmed.
The Jazz FM Awards are now in their fifth outing and the winners ceremony will take place at Shoreditch Town Hall on International Jazz Day on 30th April.
As well as the awards presentation, which will be hosted by Jazz FM presenters Chris Philips and Jez Nelson, the night will feature several performances from a range of artists led by rising star pianist and MD of this year’s Jazz FM Awards House Band, Ashley Henry. Cecile McLorin Salvant, who was recently honoured at the Grammys, is the first artist confirmed to perform at the event and will showcase material from her 2017 release Dreams and Daggers. The US vocalist has been nominated for two awards this year under the categories of International Jazz Act of the Year and Album of the Year, with the latter decided by public vote.
The recipients of the special award categories – PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, PRS For Music Gold Award and Impact Award – will be announced ahead of the ceremony. In previous years, these special award-winners have included film director Damien Chazelle, Georgie Fame, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter and the late Hugh Masekela.
Public voting is open now at www.jazzfmawards.com and will close on Monday 2nd April.
Full list of 2018 Nominees:
Breakthrough Act of the Year
Soul Artist of the Year
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UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote)
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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
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Blues Artist of the Year
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Jazz Innovation of the Year
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Vocalist of the Year
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International Jazz Artist of the Year
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Cécile McLorin Salvant
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
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Jazz Re:Fest at Southbank Centre
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