Jazz FM to celebrate PRS for Music UK Jazz Act of the Year nominees

Yazz Ahmed, Joe Armon-Jones and SEED Ensemble to feature across Jazz FM airplay on Thursday 22 October

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L – R: Yazz Ahmed, Joe Armon-Jones, SEED Ensemble’s Cassie Kinoshi

Ahead of the prestigious Jazz FM Awards, nominees for PRS for Music UK Jazz Act of the Year, Yazz Ahmed, Joe-Armon Jones and SEED Ensemble, will be celebrated across Jazz FM in a day of specially dedicated programming on Thursday 22 October from 8.30am.

Earlier in the year, the all-important public vote for the award allowed jazz fans up and down the country to have their say and decide who to crown as PRS for Music UK Jazz Act of the Year. The winner will be announced at The Jazz FM Awards on Tuesday 27 October, livestreamed from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club at 7pm. The ceremony will be broadcast on Jazz FM’s Facebook and Jazz FM.

Nominees for this year’s award include British-Bahraini trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, who seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design through her music, bringing together influences from her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.

Also nominated is Joe Armon-Jones, Ezra Collective co-founder and talented keys player, who is taking the UK Jazz scene by storm with his combination of traditional Jazz, Hip-Hop and Dub flows. Armon-Jones combines free-flowing, dynamic energy with a bigger vision.

Completing the nominations is Mercury Award nominated ten-piece band SEED Ensemble. Formed in early 2016, the collective is led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi. Combining jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, SEED Ensemble explores a blend of genres through original compositions and improvisation.


We are incredibly proud to continue our support for the Jazz FM Awards and all of the talented musicians they honour. Without exception, the UK is home to some of the best jazz in the world right now and the eclectic nominees, as chosen by the public, evidence just how vibrant homegrown talent is.

Andrea C. Martin, CEO. PRS for Music



The energy we generate on stage together is super-important to us, and it’s a great honour to be recognised and nominated in this category. We look forward to being a part of the awards next week.

Cassie Kinoshi, PRS for Music member and SEED Ensemble band leader


PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of more than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers, works to support and nurture the creation of music through its industry partnerships.

Listen to the special day of programming at and on DAB Digital Radio from 8.30am, Thursday 22 October.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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