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12 February 2019

2019 Jazz FM Awards nominations announced

Sons of Kemet, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Nubya Garcia, Poppy Ajudha, Leon Bridges, Makaya McCraven, Louis Cole, Eric Bibb, and Steam Down Collective amongst nominated acts for the annual Jazz FM Awards.

The nominations for the Jazz FM Awards 2019 have been announced this evening. Taking place at Shoreditch Town Hall on International Jazz Day (April 30th), the Awards recognise the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues. This year’s list features the likes of titan saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Mercury Prize-shortlisted Sons of Kemet, trailblazing Chicago jazz drummer Makaya McCraven, popular neo-soul singer and producer Leon Bridges, and blues star Eric Bibb.

Once again, the UK’s celebrated emerging jazz scene features in full force with Nubya GarciaEmma Jean-Thackray, Joe Armon-JonesMoses Boyd, and hotly-tipped neo-soulstress Poppy Ajudha nominated alongside South London collective Steam Down, whose weekly residency in Deptford and spell-binding live shows have become hugely influential in redefining the parameters of jazz for new audiences. Kamasi Washington’s impromptu performance at the residency has also been nominated for the Live Experience of the Year Award.

John Coltrane’s posthumous Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, which charted in the top 20 of the Official Album Charts last year, is up for ‘Album of the Year’ with stiff competition from the likes of Sons of Kemet’s Mercury-shortlisted Your Queen Is A Reptile, Brownswood’s We Out Here compilation, and US saxophonist Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams for Vanished Gardens. The category, in addition to UK Jazz Act of the Year and Live Experience of the Year, will be decided by public vote.

The night will also feature special performances from a host of celebrated artists, still to be revealed.

Jazz FM’s Head of Music and broadcaster Chris Philips will be hosting the Awards Ceremony with Jez Nelson once again.  Of the nominations list this year, Chris said:

“This year’s Jazz FM Award nominees list reflects another tremendous year of growth and interest in the music. In particular it’s fantastic to see some of our formerly recognised emerging talent like Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings sharing nominations with some of the World’s best, testament indeed to a vibrant and strengthening jazz community and industry here in the UK.”

The PPL Lifetime Achievement AwardPRS For Music Gold Award and Impact Award recipients will be announced ahead of the ceremony. Previous winners of these special awards have included the likes of George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Oscar-winning film director Damien Chazelle and the late Hugh Masekela.

Public voting is open now at and will close on Monday 12th March 2019

The Jazz FM Awards 2019 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is made possible with the support of PRS for Music, PPL, Shoreditch Town Hall, Mishcon de Reya, Lateralize, Cambridge Audio, British Airways, Arqiva, Oanda, Warsteiner, Savile Row Gin, Denbies and Yamaha UK.

Highlights from the 2018 Jazz FM Awards can be found at 

Full list of 2019 Nominees:

Breakthrough Act

Cassie Kinoshi

Emma-Jean Thackray

Sarah Tandy

The Digital Award with Oanda

Blue Lab Beats

Louis Cole

Moses Boyd – 1Xtra Residency

The Innovation Award with Mishcon de Reya

Orphy Robinson – Freedom Sessions at Vortex

Steam Down

Tomorrow’s Warriors

Instrumentalist of the Year

Camilla George

Jean Toussaint

Rob Luft

International Jazz Act of the Year with Lateralize

Jamie Branch

Makaya McCraven

Wayne Shorter

Soul Act of the Year

José James

Leon Bridges

Poppy Ajudha

Blues Act of the Year

Eric Bibb

Errol Linton

Roosevelt Collier

Vocalist of the Year

Cherise Adams-Burnett

Ian Shaw

Judi Jackson

UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote) with Cambridge Audio

Jason Yarde

Joe Armon-Jones

Nubya Garcia

Album of the Year (Public Vote) with Arqiva

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams – Vanished Gardens

Jean Toussaint Allstar 6Tet – Brother Raymond

John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile

Various Artists – We Out Here

Wayne Shorter – Emanon

Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote)

Jason Moran: The Harlem Hellfighters – Tour

Jazz Re:Fest 2018: Brighton Edition

Makaya McCraven and Nubya Garcia – EFG London Jazz Festival

Orphy Robinson presents Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks – Tour

Steam Down featuring Kamasi Washington

The Cookers – Church of Sound

Impact Award


PRS Gold Award


PPL Lifetime Achievement Award



For more information, please contact Joe Baxter or Natasha Thomas / / +44 (0)207 636 9562

Notes to Editors:

About Jazz FM:

Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990.  Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular Jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone. As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this – setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.

No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.

About Bauer Media UK:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Serious:

Serious is a producer of live jazz and international and contemporary music. Working with artists and partners from the UK and internationally, Serious creates and produces a diverse range of concerts, tours, festivals and live events. Serious creates and produces the EFG London Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 25th year in 2017.

In addition, Serious is Associate Producer at London’s Barbican. Serious provides Talent Development opportunities for emerging and established artists and delivers an extensive learning and participation programme.

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