Courtney Pine CBE to receive the Gold Award at Jazz FM Awards 2021

Mike Flynn
Thursday, October 7, 2021

The revered UK saxophonist will be honoured for his immense contribution to British jazz

The Awards show will be presented by Jazz FM DJ Anne Frankenstein, with the categories reflecting Jazz FM’s on-air mix of jazz, soul and blues, as well as recognising the live sector with venues, festivals and more recently online innovations (particularly in lockdown) to be honoured plus two further special categories, the Impact Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Courtney Pine, who has already received an OBE and CBE for services to music, has been a leading light of the UK jazz scene since the 1980s, with a prolific and internationally acclaimed solo career. He joins previous Gold Award recipients Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Georgie Fame and Ahmad Jamal.

 Commenting on the award Pine said: “I would sincerely like to thank all the hard-working members of Jazz FM for recognising me in this way. An award of this stature to someone like me is amazing, I never thought that I would be acknowledged for trying to perform jazz in the United Kingdom in this way. I am deeply honoured and truly realise the significance of a youth from North West London being given this Gold Award during these times. UK stand tall.”

The nominations for all the award categories are as follows: Blues Act Of The Year: Eric Bibb, Marcus Bonfanti and Ruthie Foster. Breakthrough Act Of The Year: Jas Kayser, Nathaniel Cross and Secret Night Gang. The Digital Award: Bandcamp Fridays, Jazz Re:freshed and Kansas Smitty’s. The Innovation Award sponsored by Mishcon de Reya: Blue Note Re:imagined, EFG London Jazz Festival and SAULT. Instrumentalist Of The Year: Amanda Whiting, Daniel Casimir and Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne. International Jazz Act of The Year: Christian McBride, Gary Bartz and Maria Schneider. Soul Act Of The Year: Ego Ella May, Jon Batiste and Omar. Vocalist Of The Year: Celeste, Ego Ella May and Georgia Mancio.

The Public Vote Categories are Album Of The Year: Fergus McCreadie’s Cairn, Floating Points, London Symphony Orchestra and Pharoah Sanders’ Promises, Jon Batiste’s WE ARE, Matthew Halsall’s Salute To The Sun, Nubya Garcia’s Source and SAULT: UNTITLED (Black Is). UK Jazz Act Of The Year: Archipelago, Emma-Jean Thackray and Fergus McCreadie.

The awards are held in association with PRS for Music and PPL.

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