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The Jazz FM Awards make a comeback for 2015

by RadioToday UK
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Digital station Jazz FM is holding its awards for the second time, honouring those that have made an exceptional contribution to Jazz, Blues and Soul.

Hugh Masekela, who will get a Lifetime Achievement Award, will perform with Larry Willis at the event on June 10th, in the Great Halls at Vinopolis, London Bridge.

The Jazz FM Awards 2015, produced by Serious, will present eleven awards to honour musicians and performers that have made an exceptional contribution within the worlds of Jazz, Blues and Soul. The categories are confirmed as:

• Breakthrough Act
• Instrumentalist of the Year
• Album of the Year
• Jazz Innovation of the Year
• Live Experience of the Year
• UK Jazz Act of the Year
• International Jazz Artist of the Year
• Blues Artist of the Year
• Soul Artist of the Year
• Vocalist of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement – to be presented to Hugh Masekela

Jazz FM Chairman Richard Wheatly said: “We’re proud to be celebrating 25 years of Jazz FM at this year’s Awards which recognise the best musicians and performers. The evening is set to be a fantastic occasion, bringing together the jazz world’s finest with Hugh Masekela headlining what will be an unforgettable night.”

The first event took place in 2013, and the winners were:

• UK Jazz Artist – Neil Cowley Trio
• International Jazz Artist – Kurt Elling
• Cutting Edge Award For Jazz Innovation – Robert Glasper
• Album – John Surman: Saltash Bells
• Jazz Media – Jazzwise
• Best UK Newcomer – Beats & Pieces Big Band
• UK Vocalist – Carleen Anderson
• UK Instrumentalist – Nathaniel Facey
• Live UK Shows -Gregory Porter
• Best UK Jazz Venue – Ronnie Scott’s
• Lifetime Achievement – Ahmad Jamal
• Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jazz – Ramsey Lewis

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