International stars come together for the Jazz FM Awards 2020

A host of international stars from around the world came together for last night’s Jazz FM Awards with OANDA, which was livestreamed from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho.

The evening’s two high profile Special Awards, which had been announced before the ceremony, went to 14-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock, who celebrated turning 80 this year by picking up The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, and multi-platinum-selling US singer Norah Jones, who was presented with The Impact Award.

Accepting his award, Herbie Hancock said: “The UK has supported and kept jazz alive for so many years. Not just for its citizens, but globally. And people in distant lands, many fans from Asia, Africa and around the world have been able to enjoy great jazz in places like Ronnie Scott’s and other venues for many, many years.

“It has all been a wonderful ride and continues with the younger generation of jazz musicians collaborating with me and I’m inspired by that. They think I’m inspiring them; they don’t realise they are inspiring me! But jazz is in a very healthy state. The pandemic is not going to stop that. It’s continuing beyond that. So I want to thank the Jazz FM Awards and OANDA for this wonderful honour. Thank you all so very, very much.”

Earth Wind and Fire’s Philip Bailey was presented with Soul Act Of The Year, US saxophonist Charles Lloyd picked up International Act Of The Year, Binker Golding was Instrumentalist Of The Year, The Innovation Award went to Jazz re:freshed and Venue Of The Year was won by The Vortex.

The Gold Award was presented to UK band leader and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson MBE for his services to UK jazz and jazz education.

Stars who turned out to present awards included Jamie Cullum, Hugh Laurie, Yolanda Brown, Robert Glasper, Clarke Peters, Alexander O’Neal and Tom Misch.

JAZZ FM AWARDS 2020 WITH OANDA – FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND NOMINEES

PPL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Herbie Hancock (Presented by Robert Glasper)

 IMPACT AWARD

Norah Jones (Presented by Kandace Springs)

GOLD AWARD

Orphy Robinson (Presented by Chris Philips)

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 BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cambridge Audio

Xhosa Cole – Winner (Presented by Yolanda Brown)

Yelfris Valdés

Rosie Turton

SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR

Philip Bailey – Winner (Presented by Clarke Peters)

Anderson .Paak

Celeste

THE DIGITAL AWARD

Sponsored by OANDA

Chiminyo – Winner (Presented by Joel Culpepper)

Jacob Collier

Jazz re:freshed

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club

Binker Golding – Winner (Presented by Marcus Miller)

Mark Kavuma

Shirley Tetteh

BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Blue Orchid Hotels

Jon Cleary – Winner (Presented by Hugh Laurie)

Keb’ Mo’

Gary Clark Jr.

THE INNOVATION AWARD

Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya

Jazz re:freshed – Winner (Presented by Tony Minvielle)

Moses Boyd

Sarathy Korwar

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Judi Jackson – Winner (Presented by Dee Dee Bridgewater)

Alice Zawadzki

Georgia Cécile

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Saint Lucia Wellness Festival

Charles Lloyd – Winner (Presented by Christian McBride)

Branford Marsalis

Kris Davis

UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)

Sponsored by PRS For Music

Yazz Ahmed – Winner (Presented by Jamie Cullum)

Joe Armon-Jones

SEED Ensemble

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)

Sponsored by Arqiva

Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia – Winner (Presented by Tom Misch)

Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter

SEED Ensemble – Drift Glass

Jazzmeia Horn – Love and Liberation

Binker Golding – Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers

Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul

VENUE OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)

Vortex Jazz Club – Winner (Presented by Alexander O’Neal)

Band on the Wall

Church of Sound

Love Supreme Festival

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Verdict Jazz

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