The Jazz FM Awards 2020 are to take place at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho on 27 October, after being postponed earlier this year because of coronavirus restrictions.
One of the evening’s special awards, The Impact Award, will be presented to multi-million-selling singer and pianist Norah Jones. She has clocked up 50 million record sales and is a nine times Grammy winner.
Other nominees this year include legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, iconic 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. The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award and Gold Award recipients will be announced in due course.
The ceremony will adhere to all government guidelines and will be a closed event that will be livestreamed on both the Jazz FM and Ronnie Scott’s Facebook pages. There will also be special dedicated programming on Jazz FM.
Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts said: “There’s so much to say! Firstly, I’m so pleased that we are now in a position to move forward with a celebration of the ‘Jazz FM Awards 2020 with OANDA’. I’d also like to thank OANDA for showing their continued support and faith in our annual celebration and upgrading their support to headline sponsor.
“Elsewhere, it’s been a tough few months for everyone in our community so a real moment to allow the brilliance to shine through is most welcome. Venues have of course also suffered terribly so to be able to partner with the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as our “base” for this year reminds people that live music is still there and vitally important. I thank Fred Nash and his team for loving the idea as much as us.
And finally, congrats to Norah Jones and her Impact Award. Norah has done so much to bring jazz music to the greater public and her 50 million record sales and 9 GRAMMYs® prove it. This year’s Jazz FM Awards with OANDA is shaping up to be not only rather unique, but also something incredibly special.”
Ronnie Scott’s General Manager Fred Nash said: “We felt that Ronnie’s was the perfect place to host the awards. The connection between Jazz FM and Ronnie’s is longstanding, and we hope this continues for many years.”
We're SO excited to announce that The Jazz FM Awards 2020 with OANDA will go ahead, socially-distanced and live-streamed from London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on Tuesday 27th October
— Jazz FM (@jazzfm) October 8, 2020