Year after year, our website is very privileged to reward those talented artists that have particularly impressed worldwide audiences either through their live performances or through the release of a hugely inspired studio record.

Our Awards are, as usually, split into two different categories, Artist Of The Year and Best Live Act, with an additional Career Award aimed to recognize and reward the outstanding career of an artist that has been highly inspirational and influential throughout the decades on an international level. 

Marcus Miller & Mark King (Level 42)

In that sumptuous venue that is Shoreditch Town Hall in London, UK, one of the most illustrious radio stations in the country called Jazz FM has awarded for the 9th years in a row some of the most important names in the Jazz world, through a wonderful night hosted in the heart of the United Kingdom's capital.

A live recording for every artist represents a pivotal moment in their career. It's the pinnacle of an artist's activity, the demonstration that their live performance reflects in all its grandiosity their skills and many talents.

Too often though, an artist's almost maniacal habit to polish a live recording to the bone, in order to try and maximize the clarity of the sound, it can be a double-edged sword that may not end up being as successful as an idea as the artist might have thought it would have been in the first place.

There is nothing more difficult for a music writer than to write about an absolute, universally recognized musical living legend of Soul, Jazz, Funk and R&B like the 72-years-old from Buffalo, New York, Ronnie Foster.

To talk about the outstanding career of a musician that is considered among the very few last living Maestros of Hammond Organ, an instrument that Foster has mastered from early adulthood, it would take not days but perhaps weeks, given the magnitude of Foster's musical pedigree.

It's quite fascinating the musical path that a band like Supersonic Blues Machine is walking through, album after album.

After their highly celebrated 2016 debut called West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco, the American collective showed all the signal of a band with a strong Blues/Rock pedigree, mixed with elements of Soul and Funk, able to marry skilled songwriting, songs containing bags of melody and a musical texture of considerable power.

The last three years in the Finnish singer/songwriter Ina Forsman's life must have been a real formative experience, both from a professional and personal perspective.

The long isolation period that millions of people have been through, including the artist, during the pandemic that has heavily shaken the whole world, the move to Berlin in Germany and the change of record label (Jazzhaus Records) must have certainly made an impact on the growth of Ina Forsman and her way to write music.

There is no wonder why an authentic force of nature like the Soul, R&B and Blues singer/songwriter Ann Peebles used to be one of John Lennon's most favorite singers ever.

Peebles, who was inducted back in 2014 at the Memphis Music Hall Of Fame, has certainly been one of the hottest names in the music industry between 1969 and 1979, when she reached worldwide popularity with hit singles such as I Can't Stand The Rain and I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, among others.

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