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Jazz FM Awards announce 2018 nominees

NOMINEE: Carleen Anderson

THE NOMINATIONS for the 2018 Jazz FM Awards have been announced.

Bassist extraordinaire Thundercat, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, genre-bending bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, and pioneering trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah are all up for awards alongside the cream of the thriving UK scene including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Jacob Collier and Yazz Ahmed.

This year, The Jazz FM Awards will celebrate their fifth year and will mark what has been an amazing year for jazz which has seen the genre continue to enjoy widespread critical acclaim and a huge resurgence in popularity.

As well as the awards presentation, which will be hosted by Jazz FM presenters Chris Philips and Jez Nelson, the night will feature several performances from a range of acclaimed artists led by rising star pianist and MD of this year’s Jazz FM Awards House Band, Ashley Henry.

Cecile McLorin Salvant, who was recently honoured at the Grammys, is the first artist confirmed to perform at the event and will showcase material from her 2017 release Dreams and Daggers. The US powerhouse vocalist has been nominated for two awards this year under the categories of International Jazz Act of the Year and Album of the Year, with the latter decided by public vote.

Shabaka Hutchings

The recipients of the special award categories - PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, PRS For Music Gold Award and Impact Award - will be announced ahead of the ceremony. In previous years, these special award-winners have included Oscar-winning film director Damien Chazelle, Georgie Fame, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter and the late Hugh Masekela.

Public voting is open now at Jazz FM's website and will close on Monday 2nd April.

The ceremony will take place at Shoreditch Town Hall on International Jazz Day on April 30.

See the full list of 2018 Nominees below:

Breakthrough Act of the Year
Ezra Collective
Nubya Garcia
Rob Luft

Soul Artist of the Year
Jordan Rakei
Leroy Hutson

UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote)
Ezra Collective
Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Cecile Mclorin Salvant

Digital Initiative of the Year
Esperanza Spalding: Exposure
Jacob Collier: I Harm U
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club: Live Streaming

Instrumentalist of the Year
Evan Parker
Theon Cross
Yazz Ahmed

Blues Artist of the Year
Lucky Peterson
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’
Robert Cray

Jazz Innovation of the Year
Carleen Anderson: Cage Street Memorial
Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin: Idiom
Shabaka Hutchings

Vocalist of the Year
Alice Zawadzki
Liane Carroll
Zara McFarlane

International Jazz Artist of the Year
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'

Album of the Year
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
Thundercat – Drunk

Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote)
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 Zephirellis 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
Ronnie Scott’s presents Ezra Collective – EFG London Jazz Festival at Islington Assembly Hall

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