NEWS and PHOTOS: Winners at the 2015 JazzFM Awards

Ashley Slater and Jeremy Farnell receiving the  Live Experience of the Year Award
on behalf of a popular choice, Loose Tubes

The winners of the 2015 JazzFM Awards were announced at Vinopolis tonight

 1) Album of the Year (Public vote):
WINNER: Dianne Reeves (“Beautiful Life”)
Ambrose Akinmusire (“The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint”), 
D'Angelo (“Black Messiah”)
Chris Potter Underground Orchestra (“Imaginary Cities”)
Polar Bear (“In Each and Every One”)
Troyka (“Ornithophobia”)

2) Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote): 
WINNER: Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival
 Blue Note 75th Birthday at EFG London Jazz Festival
Jamie Cullum at Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Kerstan Mackness receiving the UK Jazz Act Award on behalf of
Gogo Penguin

3) UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote):
WINNER: GoGo Penguin 
Polar Bear
Sons of Kemet

4) Breakthrough Act:
WINNER: Bill Laurance
GoGo Penguin
Peter Edwards

5) Instrumentalist:
WINNER: Shabaka Hutchings 
Alex Hawkins
Laura Jurd,

6) Vocalist:
WINNER: Zara McFarlane 
Alice Zawadzki
Lauren Kinsella

Jason Moran/ (Fats Waller) pre-recorded,
accepting his award 

 7) Jazz Innovation:
WINNER: Jason Moran,
Henry Threadgill
Theo Croker

8) International Jazz Artist:
WINNER: Gregory Porter
Antonio Sanchez
Snarky Puppy

 9) Blues Artist:
Otis Taylor
Valerie June

Jarrod Lawson performing at the awards

10 ) Soul Artist: 
WINNER: Jarrod Lawson
Lalah Hathaway

Hugh Masekela, who sang, and played

 11) Lifetime Achievement Award: Hugh Masekela

Judging Panel
Mike Bartlett (Chair), Chris Philips, Helen Mayhew, Amy Pearce, John Cumming, Kevin Le Gendre, Guy Barker MBE and Jason Yarde.
Produced by Serious, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, Audemus Spirits, CityJet, Conrad London St. James, Denbies Wine Estate, Mishcon De Reya, PPL, Taylor’s Port, Vinopolis, Voss, 7digital and Yamaha Music.

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