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NEWS: 2018 JazzFM Award Winners

‘This award makes me want to go home and practice.’
Pat Metheny receiving the PRS Gold Award
Photo by John L Walters

The Fifth JazzFM Awards were awarded at Shoresitch Town Hall on International Jazz Day 30 April. Here is the complete list of winners and nominees: 

 FULL LIST OF 2018 WINNERS AND NOMINEES

 Breakthrough Act of the Year – Sponsored by Yamaha 

WINNER: Nubya Garcia 
Ezra Collective
Rob Luft

Soul Artist of the Year – Sponsored by RCS 

WINNER: Moonchild 
Jordan Rakei
Leroy Hutson

UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote) – Sponsored by Cambridge Audio 

WINNER: Ezra Collective 

Dinosaur
Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Digital Initiative of the Year 

WINNER: Esperanza Spalding: Exposure 

Jacob Collier: I Harm U
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club: Live Streaming

Instrumentalist of the Year – Sponsored by Grange Hotels 

WINNER: Evan Parker
Theon Cross
Yazz Ahmed

Blues Artist of the Year – Sponsored by British Airways

WINNER: Robert Cray 

Lucky Peterson
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Jazz Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Mishcon De Reya

WINNER: Shabaka Hutchings
Carleen Anderson: Cage Street Memorial
Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin: Idiom

Vocalist of the Year – Sponsored by Lateralise

WINNER: Zara McFarlane 
Alice Zawadzki
Liane Carroll

International Jazz Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Oris Watches

WINNER: Cécile McLorin Salvant
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Thundercat

Album of the Year (Public Vote) – Sponsored by Arqiva
WINNER: Thundercat – Drunk Blue Note All-Stars – Our Point of View
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers 
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Diaspora 
Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane 
Phronesis – The Behemoth 

Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote) – Sponsored by Rathbones 

WINNER: Ronnie Scott’s presents Ezra Collective – EFG London Jazz Festival at Islington Assembly Hall
A Concert for Alice and John – Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Denys Baptiste and Alina Bzhezhinska – EFG London Jazz Festival at The Barbican
An evening with Dave Holland – Ambleside Days Festival at Zeffirellis Cinema
Jazz Re:Fest at Southbank Centre
Makaya McCraven featuring Theon Cross Trio and Jaimie Branch Fly or Die Ensemble –
CHICAGOXLONDON Day 1 at Total Refreshment Centre
Randolph Matthews – Jazz in the Round at Love Supreme Festival

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER: Dame Cleo Laine 

Impact Award

George Benson 

PRS For Music Gold Award 

WINNER: Pat Metheny 

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