Welcome to the Guide to the Week of Music, a round-up of music news, media and releases from the wide musical world. This week, we look at the nominees for the 2019 Jazz FM awards, explore Theon Cross’ album Fyah, and take in inspiring audio-visual work by Cykada, Hania Rani and many others.
Jazz FM announced the artists shortlisted for the 2019 Jazz FM awards this week. Guitarist Rob Luft, who released his album Riser in 2017 and features in Laura Jurd’s inventive 14-piece ensemble for her Stepping Back, Jumping In project, has been nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year alongside saxophonists Camilla George and Jean Toussaint.
Multi-instrumentalist Emma-Jean Thackray has received a nomination in the Breakthrough Act category, while Nubya Garcia — the saxophonist she joins on a three-act bill at Band on the Wall next month — is shortlisted for UK Jazz Act of the Year, which will be decided by public vote.
Roosevelt Collier, who also plays with the world-fusion outfit Bokanté, gets a nod in the Blues category and Sons of Kemet’s Mercury Prize-nominated album, Your Queen Is A Reptile, is amongst the six LPs listed for Album of the Year.
Explore the full category list and cast your vote, here.
Photos: Hania Rani by Nat Kontrakiewicz, Cykada by Daniel Woodflield