Ringo Starr honours historic US label at Jazz FM Awards

Ringo Starr has paid tribute to the president of one of the US’ most prestigious jazz labels during an event celebrating the genre in London.

The former Beatle handed Don Was the lifetime achievement gong for his work as president of Blue Note Records at the Jazz FM Awards at Shoreditch Town Hall in east London.

The historic label has released music by John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk since its inception in 1939.

Was, who has produced for stars including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elton John, has been the label’s president since 2012.

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