NEWS: 2018 JazzFM Award Winners

‘This award makes me want to go home and practice.’
Pat Metheny receiving the PRS Gold Award
Photo by John L Walters
The Fifth JazzFM Awards were awarded at Shoresitch Town Hall on International Jazz Day 30 April. Here is the complete list of winners and nominees: 


 Breakthrough Act of the Year - Sponsored by Yamaha 

WINNER: Nubya Garcia 
Ezra Collective
Rob Luft

Soul Artist of the Year - Sponsored by RCS 

WINNER: Moonchild 
Jordan Rakei
Leroy Hutson

UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote) - Sponsored by Cambridge Audio 

WINNER: Ezra Collective 

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Digital Initiative of the Year 

WINNER: Esperanza Spalding: Exposure 

Jacob Collier: I Harm U
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club: Live Streaming

Instrumentalist of the Year - Sponsored by Grange Hotels 

WINNER: Evan Parker
Theon Cross
Yazz Ahmed

Blues Artist of the Year - Sponsored by British Airways

WINNER: Robert Cray 

Lucky Peterson
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Jazz Innovation of the Year - Sponsored by Mishcon De Reya

WINNER: Shabaka Hutchings
Carleen Anderson: Cage Street Memorial
Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin: Idiom

Vocalist of the Year - Sponsored by Lateralise

WINNER: Zara McFarlane 
Alice Zawadzki
Liane Carroll

International Jazz Artist of the Year - Sponsored by Oris Watches

WINNER: Cécile McLorin Salvant
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Album of the Year (Public Vote) - Sponsored by Arqiva
WINNER: Thundercat – Drunk  Blue Note All-Stars – Our Point of View
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers 
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Diaspora 
Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane 
Phronesis – The Behemoth 

Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote) - Sponsored by Rathbones 

WINNER: Ronnie Scott’s presents Ezra Collective – EFG London Jazz Festival at Islington Assembly Hall
A Concert for Alice and John - Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Denys Baptiste and Alina Bzhezhinska – EFG London Jazz Festival at The Barbican
An evening with Dave Holland – Ambleside Days Festival at Zeffirellis Cinema
Jazz Re:Fest at Southbank Centre
Makaya McCraven featuring Theon Cross Trio and Jaimie Branch Fly or Die Ensemble -
CHICAGOXLONDON Day 1 at Total Refreshment Centre
Randolph Matthews – Jazz in the Round at Love Supreme Festival

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER: Dame Cleo Laine 

Impact Award

George Benson 

PRS For Music Gold Award 

WINNER: Pat Metheny 


  1. Glad Evan Parker gets some recognition.

    Some of the other!! Can only conclude Jazz FM does not get out much!

  2. Here is Chris Gilvear's account of the ceremony drawing attention to the Windrush generation and how their plight ran through the occasion Link Here