Jazz FM have announced the nominees for the Jazz FM Awards 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music, which will 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, vocalists Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, drummer and co-founder of the RootsQuestlove (nominated for his internationally acclaimed film Summer Of Soul), New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty, US singer Lady Blackbird, and UK soul veteran Omar.
The recipients of this year’s special awards will be announced in due course.
Breakthrough act of the year
International jazz act of the year
Soul act of the year sponsored by Boisdale of Canary Wharf
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
Instrumentalist of the year
The digital award
Summer of Soul
We Out Here
Innovation award sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
Blue Lab Beats
Jazz Is Dead
UK jazz act of the year
Blue Lab Beats
Album of the year
Cleo Sol – Mother
Blue Lab Beats – Motherland
Emma-Jean Thackray – Yellow
Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor
Kurt Elling – SuperBlue
Robert Glasper – Black Radio III
Gifted award categories
Lifetime achievement award
Public voting is open now at www.jazzfmawards.com and via Alexa and will close on Monday September 26 at 6pm.
Since launching in 2013, the Jazz FM Awards with PPL and PRS for Music has honoured some of the 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.
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.
“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of the artists nominated for awards this year,” said Nick Pitts, content director, Jazz FM.
“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.”
“We are proud to once again be co-headline sponsors for the Jazz FM Awards alongside PRS for Music,” added Peter Leathem, chief executive Officer, PPL.
“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 had this to say: “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!”