UTB Hosts Jazz FM & BCMA Awards
Under The Bridge had the pleasure of hosting both the Jazz FM and British Country Music Association annual awards ceremonies in the last month, showcasing some of the best artists and musicians in jazz, blues, americana and country music. Guests were treated to live performances, appearances and videos from the best in the business and celebrated in true awards style.
Jazz FM Awards
Hosted with PPL and PRS for Music, one of the highlights from the Jazz FM awards was jazz legend Tony Bennett being awarded a Lifetime Achievement award, who sang a specially recorded version of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, introduced by the legendary TV broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.
The awards were live streamed to the Jazz FM online audience and were hosted by UK saxophonist Soweto Kinch and Jazz FM presenter Anne Frankenstein. Among the winners were Courtney Pine CBE in attendance to collect the Gold Award, US pianist and singer Jon Batiste, who received both the Album Of The Year and Soul Act Of The Year awards, legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, who was presented with International Jazz Act Of The Year and trailblazing multi-instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray, who picked up UK Jazz Act Of The Year. The EFG London Jazz Festival won the Digital Award for last year’s online festival and received a message of congratulations from London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Performances came from Breakthrough Act Of The Year Jas Kayser, Vocalist Of The Year Ego Ella May and an all-star Tomorrow’s Warriors band featuring Gary Crosby OBE, Soweto Kinch, Daniel Casimir, Alex Ho, Maddy Coombsand Romarna Campbell.
The British Country Music Association awards were hosted by Absolute Radio’s Matt Spracklen, and the big winner of the night was Kezia Gill, winning UK Album of the Year, UK song of the year and UK Entertainer of the Year. The evening featured performances from UK Female Artist of the Year Jade Helliwell, UK Musician of the Year Tim Prottey-Jones, Essex Country, Jack & Tim, Alan Finlan, Sophie Hanson, and UK Horizon Award winner Harley Moon Kemp.
Winners on the night also included Gary Quinn, Morganway, Chris Stevens, Chris Stapleton and Ingrid Andress.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the BCMA also hosted their annual showcase event at Under The Bridge the following day, showcasing some amazing upcoming UK country artists in a special ‘in the round’ afternoon. Some of the artists featured were Tom Cary, Hayley McKay, Shaun Samonini and Emma Moore in the round, plus the afternoon also saw performances from Rae Sam, Chris Andreucci, Coaltown Daises, Eric & Jensen, Georgia Nevada and Gareth Nugent.