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21 February 2020

Jazz FM Awards Returns in 2020

Highlights from the Jazz FM Awards 2019 can be found here at

The Jazz FM Awards will return in 2020 for its 7th edition at Shoreditch Town Hall in London on Wednesday 27th May. 

Established in 2013, the Jazz FM Awards produced by Serious, has built a global reputation as one of the most prestigious nights in the international jazz calendar, celebrating the diverse range of talent on offer across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues from the best emerging new artists, classic jazz icons and established stars.

Throughout its history, the event has recognised an array of legendary music figures including Quincy Jones, The Rolling Stones, George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, Don Was & Blue Note Records, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Hugh Masekela, as well as shining a light on up-and-coming stars and the younger generation, with the likes of Jacob Collier, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Steam Down, Cassie Kinoshi, Zara McFarlane, Moses Boyd and Binker Golding all receiving awards in recent years.

Nominations for the event and recipients of the Special Award categories will be announced very soon. 

Nick Pitts, Content Director of Jazz FM:

“It’s fantastic that the Jazz FM Awards is back in our 30th anniversary year to celebrate the world’s greatest musicians, artists and venues from the past 12 months. We’re delighted to once again be working with our friends at Serious to create this monumental event. We aim to build on previous years’ successes and really shine a light on this creative and innovative world with an evening of live music and pin-drop moments.”

“As always, we are grateful to the jazz community for their continued involvement and also to our sponsors and partners who once again go above and beyond to support this now landmark event.”

The Jazz FM Awards is made possible with support from PRS for Music, PPL, Shoreditch Town Hall, Mishcon de Reya, Lateralize, Cambridge Audio, Arqiva and Oanda.


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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, and celebrating its 30th birthday year in 2020. Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and entire 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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