We chat songwriting and fandom with Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm at the JazzFM Awards

This week Bloomsbury Ballroom hosted one of the jazz industry’s favourite excuses for a piss up, and invited the likes of Christian Scott, Kandice Springs and Soweto Kinch in the name of celebrating bloody good music. We also got an invite, and who would we be to say no to bubbles?

Live music from London’s Kansas Smitty’s House Band kicked off the show with a fanfare, whilst Hiatus Kaiyote performed a track from their album Choose Your Weapon

Taking away the award for Best Album this week, the front woman chatted with Tina Edwards. After touching on the recent EP Recalibrations Vol 1, she explains how she pushes herself as a songwriter, and tells Jazz Standard listeners about tracks by fans that have touched her. Your new music update includes some topical disco, beats inspired by the courtship of birds, and some sick jazz, as you’d hope.


Track List

Scott Cunningham Band – Morning Madness

Matthew Halsall – Breathless

John Coltrane – One & Four (Aka Mr Day)

Cecilia Stalin – You Are Ft. Stimulus

Leon Vynehall – Paradesia

INTERVIEW: Hiatus Kaiyote

Silent Jay x Jace XL – Rockabye

Carlos Nino & Friends – It’s All Happening

Long Arm – Clouds Over The Foresthead

Elite Beat – Oh Rogg!

Feather – Like No Other

Fatnotronic – 7,8 E 1


JazzFM Awards Winners

Instrumentalist of the Year:  Mark Lockheart

Soul Artist of the Year (Sponsored by RCS): Jill Scott

Breakthrough Act of the Year: Binker & Moses

Blues Artist of the Year:  Gary Clark Jr.

Vocalist of the Year: Lauren Kinsella

International Artist Of The Year (Sponsored by Yamaha): Kamasi Washington

Album Of The Year – Public Vote (Sponsored by Arqiva): Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

UK Jazz Act of the Year (Sponsored by Grange Hotels):  Binker & Moses

Digital Initiative of the Year (sponsored by 7digital): Jacob Collier

Jazz Innovation of the Year (sponsored by Mishcon de Reya): Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Live Experience of the Year – Pubic Vote: Ice-T and Ron McCurdy – The Langston Hughes Project at the Barbican

Impact Award: Gregory Porter

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award: Quincy Jones

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