The Jazz FM Awards have announced the iconic jazz label and its president will be presented with the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony.
Blue Note Records will celebrate their 80th birthday in style with a lifetime achievement award for themselves and their president, Don Was. The label is home to the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock and one of the greatest of all time.
“Jazz is what inspired me to become a musician many years ago, and it is incredibly rewarding and humbling to serve as the caretaker for this historic and hugely important label.”Don Was
Don Was (real name Don Edward Fagenson) was born in Detroit, rising to fame in the 80s with
The 2019 Jazz FM Awards will be held on International Jazz Day on Tuesday 30th April at Shoreditch Town Hall. Both parties are more than worthy of their awards. It’s great to see a jazz label continue to thrive through difficult times in music over the decades.
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List of nominees
The Digital Award with Oanda
Blue Lab Beats
Moses Boyd – 1Xtra Residency
The Innovation Award with Mishcon de Reya
Orphy Robinson – Freedom Sessions at Vortex
Instrumentalist of the Year
International Jazz Act of the Year with Lateralize
Soul Act of the Year
Blues Act of the Year
Vocalist of the Year
UK Jazz Act of the Year (Public Vote) with Cambridge Audio
Album of the Year (Public Vote) with Arqiva
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams – Vanished Gardens
Jean Toussaint Allstar 6Tet – Brother Raymond
John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Various Artists – We Out Here
Wayne Shorter – Emanon
Live Experience of the Year (Public Vote)
Jason Moran: The Harlem Hellfighters – Tour
Jazz Re:Fest 2018: Brighton Edition
Makaya McCraven and Nubya Garcia – EFG London Jazz Festival
Orphy Robinson presents Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks – Tour
Steam Down featuring Kamasi Washington
The Cookers – Church of Sound