This year’s nominees include star saxophonist Nubya Garcia, chart-topping singer Celeste, London soul collective SAULT, US pianist and singer Jon Batiste, fast-rising trumpeter Emma-Jean Thackray, producer and DJ Floating Points with the London Symphony Orchestra and Pharoah Sanders, neo-soul singer-songwriter Ego Ella May, revered British-Italian singer Georgia Mancio, and the legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz.
Jazz FM Content Director Nick Pitts said ‘We are of course delighted that the Jazz FM Awards will return in 2021 to celebrate the incredible level of innovation, creativity and joy that the global jazz community has to offer. Jazz has provided a lifeline for so many of us over the last year and a half and we look forward to bringing everyone together again for what is sure to be a very special occasion’.
He also welcomed PPL and PRS for Music as the Jazz FM Awards headline sponsors for 2021. Both organisations have been strong supporters of the Jazz FM Awards since its inception in 2013.
Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO, PRS for Music added ‘We are incredibly proud to be joint headline sponsor of this year’s Jazz FM Awards, alongside PPL. Even in the face of a global pandemic, songwriters and composers in the jazz, soul and blues communities continued to produce inspired music, and we are honoured to support Jazz FM in acknowledging and recognising them for their exceptional work. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and we look forward to celebrating with you in person at this truly special event.’
Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer, PPL said ‘Having supported the Jazz FM Awards since it began in 2013, we are delighted to be this year’s headline partners alongside our colleagues at . We are proud champions of jazz music at PPL and are delighted to help fund the careers of artists through our talent development work. Indeed, it’s a pleasure to see a number of artists we have supported through the PRS Foundation PPL Momentum Music Fund amongst those shortlisted this year. The UK is a hotbed of jazz music talent and we look forward to the sector’s continued success in the future.’
The winners will be announced in a special programme hosted by Anne Frankenstein on October 28th 2021 and will be available to livestream via Jazz FM.
NOMINEES for the JAZZ FM AWARDS 2021 with PPL and PRS for Music are:
BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR
BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR
Secret Night Gang
THE DIGITAL AWARD
THE INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
Blue Note Re:imagined
EFG London Jazz Festival
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Travelzoo
SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR
Ego Ella May
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Ego Ella May
PUBLIC VOTE CATEGORIES
Public voting is open now at www.jazzfmawards.com and will close on Friday September 24th.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Fergus McCreadie: Cairn
Floating Points, London Symphony Orchestra, and Pharoah Sanders: Promises
Jon Batiste: WE ARE
Matthew Halsall: Salute To The Sun
Nubya Garcia: SOURCE
SAULT: UNTITLED (Black Is)
UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
GIFTED AWARD CATEGORIES
GOLD AWARD, IMPACT AWARD and LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
To be announced.
The Jazz FM Awards 2021 is made possible with the support of PPL and PRS for Music, Mishcon De Reya, Travelzoo and Yamaha. Since launching in 2013, the Jazz FM Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the international jazz calendar honouring some of the true greats of the genre including the likes of Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Georgie Fame and Ahmad Jamal.
Launching this year on the Jazz FM Premium app is a Jazz FM Awards channel that celebrates the rich history of the Awards with non-stop, ad break free music from winners and nominees. Jazz FM Premium launched earlier this year and offers its subscribers 20 exclusive Jazz FM stations along with a host of additional content.