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Jazz FM AWARDS 2017: Shoreditch Town Hall, London 25/04/2017

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The wonderful grandeur of Shoreditch Town hall played host to the Jazz FM awards this year and what a sterling star studded night it turned out to be! The Rolling Stones were the surprise guests of honour and picked up a brace of awards-best blues and best album of the year and deservedly so, with their cracking album 'Blue And Lonesome'.

"We were making another record, and we made this one sort of in between," retorted Jagger, who admitted having some initial reservations about releasing the blues stuff until his label won him over. "I told them, 'It's a bit of a minority niche thing,'" the singer went on to say. "They [Universal] were the ones that said, 'This sounds really great. We want to put it out... Everyone's going to love it.' So I want to thank them for pushing it and helping us and everyone for listening to it.We started off a very long time ago in London trying to play clubs, and those clubs were jazz clubs and they used to kick us out for playing blues. So this sort of feels full-circle,” the 73-year-old singer still sprightly, enthused before thanking listeners of Jazz FM for voting for the band Charlie Watts a true giant and gent also picked up an award also as did Georgie Fame who took the night out with some swinging tunes.Earlier in the evening Laura Mvula picked up best soul act and treated us to a heartfelt Jazz standard Ella Fitzgerald's 'The Man I love which morphed into 'Show Me Love' from her self confessional second album 'The Dreaming Room'.She has had a tough year what with her marriage breakdown and being dropped by her label so it was especially good to see her on top form.

New Yorker Danny McCaslin, also an award winner on the night,blew up a storm on his trusty tenor sax just as he did on Bowie's jazz tinged 'Black Star' and no doubt fired up by a video message from producer Tony Visconti who praised the man with the following -“When we did Blackstar together, you blew our minds, because you are a one-take guy,” the record’s producer and lifelong Bowie friend wax lyrical about Donny in a video relay. “You would just play live in the studio and that would be the take. David and I were not used to such professionalism. If it wasn't for you, Blackstar wouldn’t be the success that it is.”

La La Land and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle was also honored, receiving the Impact Award.

“I’ve been jazz-obsessed my whole life. As a former wannabe jazz musician, I was never quite good enough to make it, so I decided to film jazz musicians instead and try to put jazz onscreen,” the filmmaker said via video speech. “I truly believe in the marriage between jazz and cinema, and I hope to play a small tiny part in keeping that tradition alive.”

La La Land and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle was also a winner, receiving the Impact Award.

“I’ve been jazz-obsessed my whole life. As a former wannabe jazz musician, I was never quite good enough to make it, so I decided to film jazz musicians instead and try to put jazz onscreen,” the film man said via video relay. “I truly believe in the marriage between jazz and cinema, and I hope to play a small tiny part in keeping that tradition alive.”

Well there you have it jazz hands all round and props to Jazz Fm for hosting a top night!

The full list of winners is as follows:


BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR
Yussef Kamaal    

                                                               

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR 
Donny McCaslin          
                                                       
                                               

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Norma Winstone           
                    
                                               

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR 

Nikki Yeoh                     
                       
                                               

BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Rolling Stones    
                                         
                                                               

SOUL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Laura Mvula                      
                  
                                               

JAZZ INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Jaimeo Brown    
                                                 
                                               

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Gilles Peterson – Worldwide FM      
                               
                                               

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)

Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome     
    
                             

UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)
Shabaka Hutchings
                                                                                 
                                               

LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE)                                         
Orphy Robinson All Stars – The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook

PPL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Recipient: Georgie Fame

IMPACT AWARD 
Recipient: Damien Chazelle

THE GOLD AWARD 
Recipient: Charlie Watts
Words Emrys Baird

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