The Scottish Jazz Awards have been absent for the last four years. Now they are back, courtesy of Glasgow Jazz Festival and Hands Up For Trad. Peter Bacon picks through the names.
The strong Scottish jazz scene has always championed its musicians, both established and still rising, so it’s good news that the Scottish Jazz Awards are back. The awards ceremony – the fifth since they were started – will be held on the closing night, Sunday 25 June, of the Glasgow Jazz Festival (it’s the 31st this year) in the City of Music Studio at the Royal Concert Hall.
A nominating panel of press, media and promoters has drawn up the shortlists in five categories and the public will be able to vote for the winners.
Jill Rodger, the festival’s director, said: “We’re looking forward to honouring some of the best in the business, and opening the public vote to jazz fans across the country. Good luck to all those nominated!”
Nominations for the 5th Scottish Jazz Awards are as follows:
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by The Brunswick Hotel
Best Band/Ensemble Award sponsored by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music
Colin Steele Quartet
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals
Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD
Colin Steele Quartet: Even in the Darkest Places
New Focus: On Song
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Beauty & The Beast featuring Bill Evans
Square One: In Motion
A Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Susan Rose, will also be persented at the ceremony. Previous recipients are Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, Tam White and Ronnie Rae. To vote in the 5th Scottish Jazz Awards, visit http://www.jazzfest.co.uk/awards/. Voting closes at 5pm, Friday 2 June. The Glasgow Jazz Festival runs from 21 to 25 June. Tickets and full programme available at www.jazzfest.co.uk