Norah Jones is set to receive the Impact Award at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards in London.
The awards were postponed earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but will now take place at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho on October 27. Jones will receive the Impact Award alongside the first ever Jazz FM Awards headline sponsor in the form of foreign exchange company OANDA.
The ceremony will adhere to UK all government guidelines and will be a closed event that will be livestreamed on both the Jazz FM and Ronnie Scott’s Facebook pages alongside special dedicated programming on Jazz FM.
Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts says: “There’s so much to say! Firstly, I’m so pleased that we are now in a position to move forward with a celebration of the ‘Jazz FM Awards 2020 with OANDA’. I’d also like to thank OANDA for showing their continued support and faith in our annual celebration and upgrading their support to headline sponsor.
“Elsewhere, it’s been a tough few months for everyone in our community so a real moment to allow the brilliance to shine through is most welcome. Venues have of course also suffered terribly so to be able to partner with the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as our “base” for this year reminds people that live music is still there and vitally important. I thank Fred Nash and his team for loving the idea as much as us.
“And finally… congrats to Norah Jones and her Impact Award. Norah has done so much to bring jazz music to the greater public and her 50 million record sales and 9 Grammys prove it. This year’s Jazz FM Awards with OANDA is shaping up to be not only rather unique, but also something incredibly special.”
Ronnie Scott’s General Manager Fred Nash: “We felt that Ronnie’s was the perfect place to host the awards. The connection between Jazz FM and Ronnie’s is longstanding, and we hope this continues for many years.”
Since launching in 2013, The Jazz FM Awards with OANDA has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the music industry calendar, providing an opportunity to celebrate both emerging artists and established stars from across the genre’s increasingly vibrant and diverse community. Previous recipients include the likes of Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, The Rolling Stones, Gregory Porter, Don Was, Hugh Masekela, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Mvula and Georgie Fame.
Amongst the nominees this year are legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, iconic soul singer and Earth Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, four-time Grammy-winning Jacob Collier, genre-bending Anderson .Paak and the Mercury-nominated drummer Moses Boyd. The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award and Gold Award recipients will be announced in due course.
The Jazz FM Awards with OANDA is made possible with support from PRS for Music, PPL, Mishcon de Reya, Cambridge Audio, Arqiva, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Blue Orchid Hotels, Denbies and Saville Row Gin.
Full list of 2020 awards and nominations:
IMPACT AWARD – Norah Jones
GOLD AWARD – TBA
PPL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – TBA
BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Cambridge Audio
THE DIGITAL AWARD Sponsored by Oanda
THE INNOVATION AWARD Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR
BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Blue Orchid Hotels
Gary Clark Jr.
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
PRS For Music UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Arqiva
Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter
Binker Golding – Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers
Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
Jazzmeia Horn – Love and Liberation
SEED Ensemble – Drift Glass
Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia
VENUE OF THE YEAR
Band on the Wall, Manchester
Church of Sound
Love Supreme Festival
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
The Verdict, Brighton