Porter honoured at jazz awards

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Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015 by The News Editor

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American singer Gregory Porter has been named international artist of the year at the second annual Jazz FM awards.

The ceremony, at the Great Halls at Vinopolis at London Bridge, honoured top names and newcomers from the industry.

Hosted by The Fast Show’s jazz club personality Louis Balfour – played by John Thompson – it also saw performances from Jarrod Lawson, who was named soul artist of the year.

A lifetime achievement award went to South African singer and composer Hugh Masekela.

Masekela 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.”

“I thank all who have supported me on an often difficult but ultimately joyous voyage which has brought me thus far down this musical highway.”

The full list of winners is:

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

Live Experience of the Year (public vote): Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

UK Jazz Act of the Year (public vote): GoGo Penguin

Breakthrough Act: Bill Laurance

Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings

Vocalist of the Year: Zara McFarlane

Jazz Innovation of the Year: Jason Moran

International Jazz Artist of the Year: Gregory Porter

Blues Artist of the Year: Dr John

Soul Artist of the Year: Jarrod Lawson

PPL Lifetime Achievement: Hugh Masekela

Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015 by The News Editor

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