Mercury Prize nominated GoGo Penguin and Seb Rochford’s experimental outfit Polar Bear are both listed for UK Jazz Act of the Year in a public vote alongside Sons of Kemet.
Troyka and their latest album Ornithophobia are in the running for album of the year, up against Polar Bear and their In Each and Every One as well as US soul man D’Angelo and his recent album Black Messiah.
Taking place on 10 June 2015 at London’s Vinopolis, the awards event will celebrate the best in jazz, soul and blues and feature a very special performance from Lifetime Achievement award winner Hugh Masekela and Rebecca Ferguson who will also perform as part of a celebration of Billie Holiday’s centenary.
Three other audience vote awards: Live Experience of the Year, UK Jazz Act of the Year and Album of the Year were announced previously. Voting is open until 10 May via jazzfmawards.com/vote.
The full nominations list is below:
Album of the Year (public vote): Ambrose Akinmusire (The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint), D’Angelo (Black Messiah), Dianne Reeves (Beautiful Life), Chris Potter Underground Orchestra (Imaginary Cities), Polar Bear (In Each and Every One), Troyka (Ornithophobia).
Live Experience of the Year (public vote): Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival,
Blue Note 75th Birthday at EFG London Jazz Festival,
Jamie Cullum at Love Supreme Jazz Festival
UK Jazz Act of the Year (public vote): GoGo Penguin, Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet
Breakthrough Act: Bill Laurance, GoGo Penguin, Peter Edwards
Instrumentalist: Alexander Hawkins, Laura Jurd, Shabaka Hutchings
Vocalist: Alice Zawadzki, Lauren Kinsella, Zara McFarlane interview
Jazz Innovation: Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, Theo Croker
International Jazz Artist: Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy
Blues Artist: Dr John, Otis Taylor, Valerie June
Soul Artist: D’Angelo, Jarrod Lawson, Lalah Hathaway
Lifetime Achievement Award: Hugh Masekela