Jazz FM Awards – The Winners

The winners of the third annual Jazz FM Awards, the most prestigious ceremony in the jazz, soul and blues calendar, were announced last at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, London. Hosted by writer, actor, comedian and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli, the ceremony featured live performances from Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Liv Warfield, Kandace Springs, and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Among the winners were Loose Tubes/Polar Bear saxophonist Mark Lockheart who won Instrumentalist of the Year, Hiatus Kaiyote who took home the Album of the Year award and multi-platinum-selling Gregory Porter who picked up the Impact Award, presented to a jazz artist who’s made an outstanding impression on the wider global music scene. You can find the full list of winners below.

Quincy Jones was honoured with The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award and sent a special video message saying “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!”

The Winners

Instrumentalist of the Year – Mark Lockheart

Soul Artist of the Year (sponsored by RCS) – Jill Scott

Breakthrough Act of the Year – Binker & Moses

Blues Artist of the Year – Gary Clark Jr

Vocalist of the Year – Lauren Kinsella

International Artist Of the Year (sponsored by Yamaha) – Kamasi Washington

Album Of the Year (Public Vote, sponsored by Arqiva) – Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote

UK Jazz Act of the Year (sponsored by Grange Hotels) – Binker & Moses

Digital Initiative of the Year (sponsored by 7digital) – Jacob Collier

Jazz Innovation of the Year (sponsored by Mishcon de Reya) – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Live Experience of the Year (Pubic Vote) – Ice-T and Ron McCurdy – The Langston Hughes Project at the Barbican

Impact Award – Gregory Porter

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award – Quincy Jones