Stars gather to honour Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones & more at Jazz FM Awards 2020

Stars gather to honour Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones & more at Jazz FM Awards 2020

Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones were among the big winners at the Jazz FM Awards with OANDA 2020, which took place via a livestream from legendary London venue Ronnie Scott's. 

Presenter Marcus Brigstocke was on hosting duties, as Herbie Hancock, winner of 14 Grammys, picked up the the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award and Norah Jones won the Impact Award.

Herbie Hancock, who turned 80 this year, said: “The UK has supported and kept jazz alive for so many years. Not just for its citizens, but globally. And people in distant lands, many fans from Asia, Africa and around the world have been able to enjoy great jazz in places like Ronnie Scott’s and other venues for many, many years.

He continued: “It has all been a wonderful ride and continues with the younger generation of jazz musicians collaborating with me and I’m inspired by that. They think I’m inspiring them; they don’t realise they are inspiring me! But jazz is in a very healthy state. The pandemic is not going to stop that. It’s continuing beyond that. So I want to thank the Jazz FM Awards and OANDA for this wonderful honour. Thank you all so very, very much.”


The UK has supported and kept jazz alive for so many years

Herbie Hancock


Elsewhere on the night, The Gold Award went to UK band leader and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson MBE, Earth Wind and Fire’s Philip Bailey was named Soul Act Of The Year, US saxophonist Charles Lloyd picked up International Act Of The Year and Binker Golding won Instrumentalist Of The Year. The Innovation Award went to record label Jazz re:freshed and Venue Of The Year was won by The Vortex.

Guest presenters (pictured above) on the night included Jamie Cullum, Hugh Laurie, Yolanda Brown, Robert Glasper, Clarke Peters, Alexander O’Neal and Tom Misch. There were performances from award winners Judi Jackson, Xhosa Cole and Yazz Ahmed.

Jazz FM content director Nick Pitts, said: “That we were able to put an event like this together in such tumultuous times is a reflection of the excellent work and will of our team at Jazz FM, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Serious, Ben Lloyd Evans Productions, Baxter PR and our various partners and sponsors. It also displays the strength and resilience of the jazz community as a whole and hopefully provides a much-needed boost to everyone who works within it. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved here and congratulations to all of our incredibly worthy winners.”

See the full list of winners and nominees below:

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award

Herbie Hancock


Impact Award

Norah Jones


Gold Award

Orphy Robinson


Breakthrough Act Of The Year

Sponsored By Cambridge Audio

Xhosa Cole – Winner

Yelfris Valdés

Rosie Turton


Soul Act Of The Year

Philip Bailey – Winner

Anderson .Paak



The Digital Award

Sponsored By Oanda

Chiminyo - Winner

Jacob Collier

Jazz Re:Freshed


Instrumentalist Of The Year

Sponsored By Hampstead Jazz Club

Binker Golding – Winner

Mark Kavuma

Shirley Tetteh


Blues Act Of The Year

Sponsored By Blue Orchid Hotels

Jon Cleary – Winner

Keb’ Mo’

Gary Clark Jr.


The Innovation Award

Sponsored By Mishcon De Reya

Jazz Re:Freshed – Winner

Moses Boyd

Sarathy Korwar


Vocalist Of The Year

Judi Jackson – Winner

Alice Zawadzki

Georgia Cécile


International Jazz Act Of The Year

Sponsored By Saint Lucia Wellness Festival

Charles Lloyd – Winner

Branford Marsalis

Kris Davis


UK Jazz Act Of The Year (Public Vote)

Sponsored By Prs For Music

Yazz Ahmed - Winner

Joe Armon-Jones

Seed Ensemble


Album Of The Year (Public Vote)

Sponsored By Arqiva

Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia - Winner

Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter

Seed Ensemble – Drift Glass

Jazzmeia Horn – Love And Liberation

Binker Golding – Abstractions Of Reality Past And Incredible Feathers

Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul


Venue Of The Year (Public Vote)

Vortex Jazz Club - Winner

Band On The Wall

Church Of Sound

Love Supreme Festival

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Verdict Jazz


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