Jazz FM Awards 2017 winners revealed

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The Rolling Stones, Laura Mvula, Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka Hutchings and Gilles Peterson were among the winners at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards.

The ceremony, which took place last night (Tuesday) at Shoreditch Town Hall, London, gathered UK and international talent to celebrate the best of jazz, blues, soul and beyond.

The Stones collected two awards, Blues Artist of the Year and the public voted Album of the Year, which were personally accepted by Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood. 

Watts was also presented with the Gold Award in recognition of his significant contribution to jazz and blues from his long-term friend and iconic British jazz musician Evan Parker.

South London jazz/groove duo Yussef Kamaal were named as the Breakthrough Act of the Year, and in their absence the award was collected by DJ Gilles Peterson, who discovered and signed them to his label Brownswood Records in 2016.

Peterson also picked up the Digital Initiative of the Year Award in recognition of Worldwide FM.

Elsewhere, Shabaka Hutchings won the coveted UK Jazz Act of the Year Award, which was voted for by the public.

Long-time jazz singer Norma Winstone took home the Vocalist of the Year accolade, sponsored by PRS for Music.

Other highlights included Laura Mvula receiving the award for Soul Artist of the Year, which she followed up with a live rendition of The Man I Love as a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, whose birthday centenary coincided with the event.

M went along to cover the event: keep an eye out for video interviews with winners and nominees over the coming days and weeks.

The Jazz FM Awards 2017 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious, and is made possible with the support of organisations including?PRS for Music and PPL.

The full list of winners:

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
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
Georgie Fame

IMPACT AWARD
Damien Chazelle

THE GOLD AWARD
Charlie Watts