Jazz FM have today announced the nominees for the Jazz FM Awards 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music, which will once again recognize 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, legendary vocalists Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, superstar drummer and co-founder of The Roots’ Questlove (nominated for his internationally acclaimed film Summer Of Soul), New Orleans icon Trombone Shorty, powerhouse US singer Lady Blackbird, and UK soul veteran Omar.
Jazz FM’s continued commitment to supporting and celebrating up-and-coming UK artists is evident with nominations for a selection of the most exciting young artists on the UK scene including the likes of jazztronica duo Blue Lab Beats, who are nominated in three categories including Album Of The Year, six-piece afrobeat group Kokoroko, fiery tenor saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael, Manchester singer-songwriter Mica Millar, multi-instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray, revered Scottish singer Georgia Cécile, trailblazing saxophonist Emma Rawicz, and the hotly-tipped Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie.
Since launching in 2013, the Jazz FM Awards with PPL and PRS for Music has honoured some of the true 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.
Votes can be submitted via the event’s official website and, for the very first time, via Amazon smart speakers by using the command “Alexa, vote for the Jazz FM Awards”.
Nick Pitts, Content Director, Jazz FM, said: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of the artists nominated for awards this year. 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.”
Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer, PPL, added: “We are proud to once again be co-headline sponsors for the 2022 Jazz FM Awards alongside PRS for Music. 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 recognizes 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 also said: “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!”
JAZZ FM AWARDS 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music: NOMINEES:
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
PUBLIC VOTE: UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
Blue Lab Beats
PUBLIC VOTE: 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