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The winners of the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards were unveiled tonight at a virtual ceremony hosted by Suzanne Bonnar and Luca Manning.
Stand-out artists from Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene were honoured in seven categories, with more than 2,500 public votes cast online to decide which artists scooped prestigious awards including Best Instrumentalist and Rising Star. The Services To Scottish Jazz Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were selected by a panel of industry specialists, including press and promoters from across the UK.
Glasgow based nu-jazz collective corto.alto, who released new music every three weeks from their hub at 435, scooped two awards – Best Band and Best Album – for their collection of releases. Acclaimed pianist Fergus McCreadie picked up the Best Instrumentalist Award after securing a record deal this summer, while Paisleys Kitti was crowned Best Vocalist after recently releasing her debut EP. The Rising Star Award was given to young trombonist and singer Anoushka Nanguy who has already performed with the SNJO and is making waves on the Scottish jazz scene.
Revered music writer, jazz critic and agent Rob Adams was awarded the Services To Scottish Jazz Award and this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Ken Mathieson. Ken ran the very first Glasgow International Jazz Festival in 1987, before devoting himself to playing and arranging for Fat Sam’s Band, Picante and his award-winning Classic Jazz Orchestra. Ken joins an esteemed hall of fame which includes Fionna Duncan, Carol Kidd and Bobby Wellins.
The live-streamed ceremony included video messages from 2019s winners Martin Taylor, Tommy Smith from the SNJO, Brian Kellock, Georgia Cecile, Fergus McCreadie and Marianne McGregor, along with exclusive performances from hosts Suzanne Bonnar and Luca Manning plus special guests Fergus McCreadie and Laura MacDonald.
You can watch the Virtual Ceremony back on the Glasgow Jazz Festival My Player channel and listen to the winners on BBC Radio Scotlands Jazz Nights.
Winners at the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards are:
Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union - Anoushka Nanguy
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club - Kitti
Best Band Award sponsored by Love Supreme Jazz Festival - corto.alto
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals - Fergus McCreadie
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD - corto.alto Live From 435 Vols 1, 2 & 3
Services To Scottish Jazz Award sponsored by Ticketmaster - Rob Adams
Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland - Ken Mathieson
The Scottish Jazz Awards are produced as an independent event by the organisers of Glasgow Jazz Festival and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
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