Jazz FM Award winners announced

GoGo PenguinGoGo Penguin, Gregory Porter and Loose Tubes were among the winners at the Jazz FM Awards 2015.

The awardsin partnership with Serious, took place 10 June at the Great Halls at Vinopolis, London Bridge to celebrate the best in contemporary jazz, soul and blues.

Gregory Porter received the prize for best international jazz artist while UK jazz act of the year went to Manchester trio GoGo Penguin.

South African composer and bandleader Hugh Masekela was honoured with the PPL Lifetime Achievement prize.

Commenting, Hugh said: ‘Over the past 45 years, England and particularly London has been a principal centre in my developmental journey to the place I have ultimately reached today in my life as a musician. Jazz FM has been a prime centre of support for me since its inception. It is therefore a humbling and highly fulfilling privilege for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award.’

The full list of winners is below:

Album of the Year (public vote): 
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Live Experience of the Year, sponsored by 7digital (public vote):
Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

UK Jazz Act of the Year sponsored by Yamaha Music (public vote): 
GoGo Penguin

Breakthrough Act, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management: 
Bill Laurance

Instrumentalist of the Year:
Shabaka Hutchings

Vocalist of the Year, sponsored by CityJet: 
Zara McFarlane

Jazz Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Mishcon de Reya: 
Jason Moran

International Jazz Artist of the Year, sponsored by Taylor’s Port: 
Gregory Porter

Blues Artist of the Year: 
Dr John

Soul Artist of the Year, sponsored by Conrad London St. James: 
Jarrod Lawson

PPL Lifetime Achievement:
Hugh Masekela

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