Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rolling Stones win Album and Artist Of The Year at UK Jazz FM Awards


The Rolling Stones were honored at the U.K. Jazz FM Awards in London on April 25.

The group picked up Album Of The Year for their covers album, “Blue & Lonesome”, while also being named Blues Artists Of The Year by Jazz FM listeners.

Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were on hand for the event at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall.

“We started off a very long time ago in London trying to play clubs, and those clubs were jazz clubs,” Jagger told the crowd. “We used to try and play these jazz clubs and they used to kick us out for playing blues. So this sort of feels full-circle.”

Recorded over three days in December 2015 at British Grove Studios in West London, the set features updated versions of tunes originally recorded by blues legends Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Magic Sam, among others.

Jagger admitted that he had some initial reservations about putting “Blue & Lonesome” out.

"We were making another record, and we made this [one] sort of in between," he explained. “I said, 'It's a bit of a minority niche thing.' They [Universal Music] were the ones that said, ‘This sounds really great. We want to put it out... Everyone's going to love it.' So I want to thank them for pushing it and helping us and everyone for listening to it."

Watts was also presented with the Jazz FM Gold Award, in recognition of his contribution to jazz and blues from his friend and British musician Evan Parker.

Jagger recently revealed that the Stones were working on a new album of original material, their first since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.”

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