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Blue Note Records and Don Was to be honoured at the Jazz FM Awards

It’s been confirmed that iconic US jazz label Blue Note Records and the label’s President – multi-Grammy-winning US musician, record producer and record executive Don Was will be presented with the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Jazz FM Awards, held at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall on International Jazz Day – April 30th and once again produced by Serious.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019, Blue Note has been synonymous with legendary jazz artists and landmark recordings since its inception, producing works which now represent the pillars of jazz history from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley and Art Blakey, and now with contemporary stars like Gregory Porter, Kandace Springs and Robert Glasper, Blue Note remains widely regarded today as the world’s most important jazz label, with Was at the helm.

It’s also been announced that the Jazz FM Awards will feature a one-off tribute performance by UK soul-singer Beverley Knight celebrating her hero – the undisputed ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin. Aretha passed away in August and is seen as one of the most influential soul vocalists of her generation.