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Herbie Hancock to be honoured at Jazz FM Awards

14-time Grammy-winning pianist Herbie Hancock will receive this year’s PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at The Jazz FM Awards.

The news follows the recent announcement that Norah Jones will be presented with this year’s Impact Award at the ceremony, which will be livestreamed from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho on Tuesday 27 October.

Having been postponed earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, The Jazz FM Awards 2020 with OANDA will now take place as a closed event at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside special dedicated programming on the station.

Comedian, actor and regular Jazz FM presenter Marcus Brigstocke, who is hosting the event, says: “For me it’s been the route through these last few difficult months. So, the opportunity to celebrate the musicians who thrill and entertain us all is as good as it gets. I can’t wait to host The Jazz FM Awards with OANDA. Live from Ronnie’s too! This will be fun.”

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Membership and Communications at PPL said: “The Jazz FM Awards with OANDA hold an important place in the musical calendar, celebrating a genre rich with UK talent. This is especially true now as a new generation of jazz artists and musicians receive critical acclaim for their work. As well as recognising new talent, it also presents the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of those who have made jazz what it is today.

“Herbie Hancock is a deserved winner of this year’s PPL Lifetime Achievement Award after decades of innovation in the genre, and we are looking forward to presenting him with his award at this year’s ceremony.”

Other nominees this year include US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, soul singer and Earth Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, four-time Grammy-winning Jacob Collier, genre-bending Anderson .Paak and the Mercury-nominated drummer Moses Boyd.

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