Jazz MOBO nominees announced

The nominees for this year’s MOBO awards for Best Jazz Act include Courtney Pine, Soweto Kinch and Sons of Kemet

The nominees for the 18th annual MOBO awards have now been announced, with the jazz category represented by saxophonist Courtney Pine (who has won twice before in 1996 and 2001), saxophonist Soweto Kinch (pictured) (who also has two wins from 2003 and 2007), quartet Sons of Kemet featuring tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall, ska and reggae-influenced band Jazz Jamaica, and Caribbean-influenced band Lineage.

Past winners include Zoe Rahman (2012), Kairos 4tet (2011) and Yolanda Brown (2009).

The MOBO awards show takes place on 19 October in Glasgow, with tickets starting from £25. The ceremony will be shown live on BBC 3.

A jazz category has generally been included in the "Music of Black Origin" awards since the ceremony’s inception in 1992, apart from a notable blip in 2006 when both the jazz and world music categories were suspended (with jazz-influenced Corinne Bailey Rae being recognised as Best UK Newcomer instead). Outcry from the jazz community, including a protest march organised by Jazz Services on Royal Albert Hall, saw the jazz and world categories reinstated in 2007.

Awards in each category will be decided by public vote, which can be accessed on the MOBO website, where you can also find out more about the awards and buy tickets to the ceremony.

Sally Evans-Darby

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