Shabaka Hutchings, Donny McCaslin and The Rolling Stones among Jazz FM Awards winners

The fourth edition of the Jazz FM Awards, presented by broadcaster Jez Nelson at Shoreditch Town Hall on 25 April, highlighted the innovation and strength of the British and international jazz scenes, with a double hat-tip to jazz and blues loving legends The Rolling Stones, who were winners of Blues Artist of the Year and whose album Blue & Lonesome scooped Album of the Year. Three members of the iconic band made a surprise appearance on the night, with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood joining Charlie Watts to accept both awards.  With live performances from several winners – including International Artist of the Year and former David Bowie saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Soul Artist of the Year Laura Mvula and Lifetime Achievement winner Georgie Fame – the presence of Stones drummer Charlie Watts, recipient of the Gold Award for his lifelong commitment to jazz and the inclusion of Hollywood film director Damien Chazelle, winner of the Impact Award for his two jazz-centred films Whiplash and La La Land, ensured this was the highest profile edition of the awards to date. 

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Many UK musicians won big on the night. The Live Experience of the Year award went to vibes virtuoso Orphy Robinson's All Stars' stellar tribute to Bobby Hutcherson; resurgent keyboardist Nikki Yeoh won Instrumentalist of the Year; revered Brit jazz singer Norma Winstone won Vocalist of the Year award, while irrepressible saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings won UK Jazz Act of the Year and jazzy drum'n'bass group Yussef Kamaal won Breakthrough Jazz Act of the Year. Other winners included imaginative US drummer/soundscaper Jaimeo Brown, who scooped the Jazz Innovation of the Year award for his multi-media approach to audiovisuals and influential DJ/label boss Gilles Peterson was awarded the Digital Initiative of the Year award for the global reach of Worldwide FM. There were plenty of high-profile presenters too on the night, with Van Morrison stepping up to present Georgie Fame with his award, as well as the likes of Cleveland Watkiss, Courtney Pine (pictured above with Maxi Jazz), Gina Miller, Tanita Tikaram and actor Adrian Lester.

The winners are as follows:

BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Yamaha) – Yussef Kamaal

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Oris Watches) – Donny McCaslin

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by PRS for Music) – Norma Winstone

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Rathbones) – Nikki Yeoh

BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by The Piano Bar Soho) – The Rolling Stones

SOUL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by RCS) – Laura Mvula

JAZZ INNOVATION OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya) – Jaimeo Brown

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Pollitt & Partners) –
Gilles Peterson for Worldwide FM

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE) (Sponsored by Arqiva) – The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE) (Sponsored by Grange Hotels) – Shabaka Hutchings

LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE) – Orphy Robinson All Stars – The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook at St James The Great, London

PPL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Georgie Fame

IMPACT AWARD – Damien Chazelle

– Mike Flynn

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