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2016 Awards

The highest achievers from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond were honoured at the third annual Jazz FM Awards produced by Serious, which took place on 26 April 2016 at a star-studded ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London. The ceremony featured performances from some of the hottest acts across the genre and was attended by a host of well-known faces including Jon Snow, Cerys Matthews, Nitin Sawhney, Soweto Kinch, the Brand New Heavies and others.

Multi-platinum-selling Gregory Porter picked up the Impact Award for his outstanding impression on the wider global music scene. Porter thanked Jazz FM for their unwavering support having previously credited the station with initiating his chart-topping collaboration with Disclosure. In typical Gregory warm-hearted fashion he thanked his audiences saying:

”Thank you to everybody because it is you who inspire me and then I just give it back to you. I’m inspired and impacted by you.”

Legendary composer, arranger and producer Quincy Jones was honoured with The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award and thanked the station via a specially recorded video message:

“What can I say Jazz FM? I’m so moved… To be so young and receive an award like this it’s astounding; I’m only 83, man! It’s with great honour and pride that I’d like to say thank you and show you my gratitude and my respect and love, I really appreciate it, thank you. It always feels good, man!”

Guests were treated to live performances from Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Liv Warfield and rising star singer/pianist Kandace Springs, an artist championed by Prince who will release her debut album Soul Eyes on Blue Note Records in July.

The event came to a climax with a performance from Hiatus Kaiyote, who were honoured with the prestigious award for Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed Choose Your Weapon.

winners nominees
Breakthrough Act of the Year
Binker and Moses
Jacob Collier
International Jazz Artist of the Year
Sponsored by Yamaha
Kamasi Washington
Marcus Miller
Maria Schneider
Vocalist of the Year
Lauren Kinsella
Liane Carroll
Instrumentalist of the Year
Mark Lockheart
Theon Cross
Zoe Rahman
Blues Artist of the Year
Alabama Shakes
Buddy Guy
Gary Clark Jr.
Soul Artist of the Year
Sponsored by RCS
Jill Scott
Leon Bridges
Lizz Wright
Jazz Innovation of the Year
Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
Black Top
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
David Virelles
Digital Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by 7digital
Jacob Collier
Tin Men and the Telephone
UK Jazz Act of the Year
Sponsored by Grange Hotels
Binker and Moses
Matthew Halsall
Sons of Kemet
Live Experience of the Year
Ice-T and Ron McCurdy :
The Langston Hughes Project at the Barbican
Maria Schneider :
Symphony Hall Birmingham
Taylor McFerrin :
Rio Club, Glasgow Jazz Festival
PPL Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by PPL
Quincy Jones
Impact Award
Gregory Porter
Album of the Year
Sponsored by Arqiva
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah :
Stretch Music
Hiatus Kaiyote :
Choose Your Weapon
Kamasi Washington :
The Epic
Maria Schneider :
The Thompson Fields
Charenee Wade :
Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest :

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