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.
Jazz FM, a station that aims to celebrate those artists that, through their body of works, have made an extraordinary contribution through genres such as Jazz, Soul and Blues, has reunited once again incredibly talented contemporary British artists and international musicians in a night where celebrating music was at the very core of the event.
Hugh Laurie & Jools Holland
The Awards, hosted brilliantly by American-British actor, writer and director Clarke Peters have been handed to the deserved winners not only by the cream of the music business, like Level 42's Mark King or Imagination's Leee John but also by celebrated actors and comedians such as Hugh Laurie or Marcus Brigstocke, just to mention a few.
The artists awarded on the night have shown huge talent and musicianship, throughout the 2022, with Scottish singer/songwriter Georgia Cecile especially scooping up two Awards as Vocalist Of The Year and UK Jazz Act Of The Year.
Tributes have been also paid to absolute musical giants by Jazz FM, with Special Awards given on the night respectively to English Jazz singer Norma Winstone (Lifetime Achievement Award), pianist, composer and TV presenter Jools Holland OBE (Impact Award) and last, but not least, to another living legend of the Jazz industry, songwriter, bass player and record producer Marcus Miller (Gold Award).
Here the complete list of all the winners on the night:
Lifetime Achievement Award = Norma Winstone
Impact Award = Jools Holland
Gold Award = Marcus Miller
Breakthrough Act Of The Year = Chelsea Carmichael
International Jazz Act Of The Year = Lady Blackbird
Soul Act Of the Year = Mica Millar
Blues Act Of The Year = Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Vocalist Of The Year = Georgia Cecile
Instrumentalist Of The Year = Fergus McCreadie
The Digital Award = Summer Of Soul
Innovation Award = Blue Lab Beats
UK Jazz Act Of The Year = Georgia Cecile
Album Of The Year = Emma-Jean Thackray (Yellow).
All photos courtesy of Baxter PR