The nominations for the Jazz FM Awards 2020 have been announced today, recognising the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues.
They include the likes of legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, soul singer and Earth Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey, jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, genre-bending Anderson .Paak and blues singer-songwriter Keb’ Mo’.
Four-time Grammy-winning Jacob Collier, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble and Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Yazz Ahmed, Binker Golding, Xhosa Cole and Ashley Henry are amongst the British artists nominated.
Winners of the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold Award and Impact Award will be announced ahead of the ceremony. Artists such as George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Don Was & Blue Note Records and the late Hugh Masekela have received these special awards in previous years.
This year sees a new category, Venue of The Year with Church of Sound, Love Supreme Festival and Manchester’s Band On The Wall among those competing for the award, which in addition to Album Of The Year and the PRS For Music UK Jazz Act Of The Year will be decided by public vote.
Voting is now open and closes on Wednesday 15 April at 23:59.
Full list of 2020 nominations:
BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Cambridge Audio
THE DIGITAL AWARD
Sponsored by Oanda
THE INNOVATION AWARD
Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Saint Lucia Wellness Festival
SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by British Airways
BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Blue Orchid Hotels
Gary Clark Jr.
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
PRS For Music UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Arqiva
Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter
Binker Golding – Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers
Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
Jazzmeia Horn – Love and Liberation
SEED Ensemble – Drift Glass
Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia
VENUE OF THE YEAR
Band on the Wall, Manchester
Church of Sound
Love Supreme Festival
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
The Verdict, Brighton