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Nominees Announced For Jazz FM Awards 2021 with PPL and PRS for Music

The nominees for the Jazz FM Awards 2021 with PPL and PRS for Music have been announced, once again recognising a diverse array of artists from the UK and abroad who have made a significant impact on the genre. This year’s ceremony will take place at Under The Bridge in West London on October 28th 2021 and will be available to livestream via Jazz FM. The Awards will celebrate music created and released between 1st January 2020 to the end of May 2021 to reflect the jazz community’s enduring creativity and innovation during the pandemic.

As announced in a special Jazz FM programme hosted by Anne Frankenstein, nominees this year include star saxophonist Nubya Garcia, chart-topping singer Celeste, London soul collective SAULT, US pianist and singer Jon Batiste, fast-rising trumpeter Emma-Jean Thackray, producer and DJ Floating Points with the London Symphony Orchestra and Pharoah Sanders, neo-soul singer-songwriter Ego Ella May, revered British-Italian singer Georgia Mancio, and the legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. The recipients of the special award categories - Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold Award and Impact Award - will be announced in due course.

Since launching in 2013, the Jazz FM Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the international jazz calendar honouring some of the true greats of the genre including the likes of Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Georgie Fame and Ahmad Jamal.

Jazz FM Content Director Nick Pitts:

“We are of course delighted that the Jazz FM Awards will return in 2021 to celebrate the incredible level of innovation, creativity and joy that the global jazz community has to offer. Jazz has provided a lifeline for so many of us over the last year and a half and we look forward to bringing everyone together again for what is sure to be a very special occasion.

We also welcome PPL and PRS for Music who are the Jazz FM Awards headline sponsors for 2021.  They have both been outstanding supporters of the Jazz FM Awards since its inception in 2013 and I’m so pleased that they have cemented their position as true supporters of the UK’s greatest jazz, soul and blues music awards”.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer, PPL:

Having supported the Jazz FM Awards since it began in 2013, we are delighted to be this year’s headline partners alongside our colleagues at PRS for Music. We are proud champions of jazz music at PPL and are delighted to help fund the careers of artists through our talent development work. Indeed, it’s a pleasure to see a number of artists we have supported through the PRS Foundation PPL Momentum Music Fund amongst those shortlisted this year. The UK is a hotbed of jazz music talent and we look forward to the sector’s continued success in the future.”

Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO, PRS for Music:

We are incredibly proud to be joint headline sponsor of this year’s Jazz FM Awards, alongside PPL. Even in the face of a global pandemic, songwriters and composers in the jazz, soul and blues communities continued to produce inspired music, and we are honoured to support Jazz FM in acknowledging and recognising them for their exceptional work. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and we look forward to celebrating with you in person at this truly special event.”

JAZZ FM AWARDS 2021 with PPL and PRS for Music: NOMINEES

BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR

Eric Bibb

Marcus Bonfanti

Ruthie Foster

BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR

Jas Kayser

Nathaniel Cross

Secret Night Gang

THE DIGITAL AWARD

Bandcamp Fridays

jazz re:freshed

Kansas Smitty’s

THE INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Mishcon de Reya

Blue Note Re:imagined

EFG London Jazz Festival

SAULT

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Amanda Whiting

Daniel Casimir

Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Travelzoo

Christian McBride

Gary Bartz

Maria Schneider

SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR

Ego Ella May

Jon Batiste

Omar

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Celeste

Ego Ella May

Georgia Mancio

PUBLIC VOTE CATEGORIES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Fergus McCreadie: Cairn

Floating Points, London Symphony Orchestra, and Pharoah Sanders: Promises

Jon Batiste: WE ARE

Matthew Halsall: Salute To The Sun

Nubya Garcia: SOURCE

SAULT: UNTITLED (Black Is)

UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR

Archipelago

Emma-Jean Thackray

Fergus McCreadie

GIFTED AWARD CATEGORIES

GOLD AWARD

TBC

IMPACT AWARD

TBC

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

TBC

Public voting is open now at www.jazzfmawards.com and will close on Friday September 24th.

The Jazz FM Awards 2021 is made possible with the support of PPL and PRS for Music, Mishcon De Reya, Travelzoo and Yamaha.

Launching this year on the Jazz FM Premium app is a Jazz FM Awards channel that celebrates the rich history of the Awards with non-stop, ad break free music from winners and nominees. Jazz FM Premium launched earlier this year and offers its subscribers 20 exclusive Jazz FM stations along with a host of additional content.

www.jazzfmawards.com

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For further press information on Jazz FM, please contact:

Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director (Radio)

M: 07932 746 363

Amelia O’Shea – Bauer Media Communications Manager (Radio)

M: 07718 489342

About Jazz FM:

Jazz FM plays the world’s greatest jazz, soul and blues from the world’s greatest artists. Since its launch in 1990, Jazz FM has pioneered a new approach to broadcasting. The music output is truly unique; a colourful mixture of well-known pieces by legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Nina Simone, alongside emerging artists such as Judi Jackson, Kamasi Washington and Ezra Collective.

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. Jazz FM also offers an even deeper dive to jazz fans with its online Premium service where they can listen without ad-breaks and access exclusive jazz, soul and blues 24/7 radio stations alongside the rich archive of programmes that’s been over 30 years in the making.

Bute no matter how or where people listen, they always listen in colour.