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.
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