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8 September 2022

Nominees Announced For Jazz FM Awards 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music

Jazz FM have today announced the nominees for the Jazz FM Awards 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music, which will once again recognise the best new talent, contemporary icons and established stars from across the jazz, soul and blues spectrum.

This year’s nominees include the multi-Grammy-winning pianist, composer and producer Robert Glasper, legendary vocalists Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, superstar drummer and co-founder of the Roots Questlove (nominated for his internationally acclaimed film Summer Of Soul), New Orleans icon Trombone Shorty, powerhouse US singer Lady Blackbird, and UK soul veteran Omar.

Jazz FM’s continued commitment to supporting and celebrating up-and-coming UK artists is evident with nominations for a selection of the most exciting young artists on the UK scene including the likes of jazztronica duo Blue Lab Beats, who are nominated in three categories including Album Of The Year, six-piece afrobeat group Kokoroko, fiery tenor saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael, Manchester singer-songwriter Mica Millar, multi-instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray, revered Scottish singer Georgia Cécile, trailblazing saxophonist Emma Rawicz, and the hotly-tipped Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie.

The recipients of this year’s special awards will be announced in due course.

Since launching in 2013, the Jazz FM Awards with PPL and PRS for Music has honoured some of the true greats of the genre including the likes of Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Georgie Fame and Ahmad Jamal.

Votes can be submitted via and, for the very first time, via Amazon smart speakers by using the command “Alexa, vote for the Jazz FM Awards”.

Nick Pitts, Content Director, Jazz FM:

“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of the artists nominated for awards this year. The scene both in the UK and abroad continues to thrive, and competition for nominations is as fierce as ever so all of those we’ve included on the list are special talents who continue to push the boundaries and create incredible music.”

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer, PPL:

“We are proud to once again be co-headline sponsors for the Jazz FM Awards alongside PRS for Music. Each year the Awards showcase the great depth of talent that the jazz genre has in the UK, celebrating not just established artists but also showcasing those whose careers are just beginning. It also recognises the important work of Jazz FM in providing a platform for these artists and for supporting their work. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and we look forward to celebrating their work in October.”

Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO, PRS for Music:

“PRS for Music is proud to be the co-headline sponsor of the Jazz FM Awards, alongside PPL. It’s incredible to see the exceptional, daring and distinctive music being created by the UK’s finest Jazz, Soul and Blues songwriters and musicians. Congratulations to this year’s nominees, we look forward to celebrating with you!”

JAZZ FM AWARDS 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music: NOMINEES



Chelsea Carmichael

Jasmin Myra

Mica Millar


Lady Blackbird

Theo Croker

Trombone Shorty

SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Alex Isley

Cleo Sol

Mica Millar

BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Imagine Cruising

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram

Joanne Taylor Shaw

Mavis Staples and Levon Helm

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club and Lateralize Records

Brigitte Beraha

Georgia Cecile



Emma Rawicz

Fergus McCreadie

Mark Kavuma



Summer of Soul

We Out Here

INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Mishcon de Reya

Blue Lab Beats

Café OTO

Jazz Is Dead



Blue Lab Beats


Georgia Cecile


Cleo Sol – Mother

Blue Lab Beats – Motherland

Emma-Jean Thackray – Yellow

Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor

Kurt Elling – SuperBlue

Robert Glasper – Black Radio III







Public voting is open now at and via Alexa and will close on Monday 26th September at 6pm.

The Jazz FM Awards 2022 is made possible with the support of PPL and PRS for Music, Mishcon De Reya, Imagine Cruising, Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Hampstead Jazz Club, Lateralize, Savile Row Gin, Shoreditch Town Hall and Lotus.

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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.  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.

An innovating and contemporary brand, Jazz FM launched Jazz FM Premium in 2021 allowing listeners a selection of 20 extra jazz themed stations, all ad break free along with the main station and 30+ years of archive material, exclusively for them for £3.99 per month.

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

For further press information, please contact:

Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK
E: M: 07718 489342

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media Audio
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About Bauer Media UK:

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