Nominees announced for Scottish Jazz Awards 2020

Voting is now open for the 8th annual Scottish Jazz Awards 2020 with nominees announced today for five of the main awards. A complete list is below.

Martin Taylor performing at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards

Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, Drygate Glasgow, winner of Lifetime Achievement Award Martin Taylor performing live on stage


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Voting is now open until 5pm on Monday 5th October. The winner will be announced online via a virtual ceremony on Sunday 18th October at 6pm, which will include special guests and exclusive live performances.

Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival and Producer of the Scottish Jazz Awards, said: “The Scottish Jazz Awards are a chance for us to stop each year and recognise some of the most revered jazz musicians on the scene and the contribution they make to the musical landscape in Scotland. This feels particularly poignant this year during what has been a challenging time for so many musicians, festivals and suppliers so I would encourage everyone to get behind the acts and cast their vote.

“Although we can’t celebrate in person, we’re excited to be bringing the first virtual Scottish Jazz Awards ceremony to everyone which we hope will be a fitting and memorable celebration of jazz in Scotland.”
Nominations for the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards are:

Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union

  • Anoushka Nanguy
  • Harry Weir
  • Liam Shortall
  • Matt Carmichael
  • Rebecca Vasmant

Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club

  • Ali Affleck
  • Christine Bovill
  • Emilie Boyd
  • Kitti
  • Luca Manning
  • Rachel Lightbody

Best Band Award sponsored by Love Supreme Jazz Festival

  • Colin Steele Quartet
  • Corto Alto
  • Fat-Suit
  • Fergus McCreadie Trio
  • Graham Costello’s Strata
  • Mezcla

Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals

  • Colin Steele
  • Fergus McCreadie
  • John Burgess
  • Liam Shortall
  • Martin Kershaw
  • Paul Harrison

Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD

  • Brian Kellock – Bidin’ My Time
  • Cafolla – Cowboys & Africans
  • Calum Gourlay Quartet – New Ears
  • Corto Alto – Live From 435 Vols 1, 2 & 3
  • Luca Manning with Fergus McCreadie – When The Sun Comes Out
  • Mezcla – Shoot The Moon

Scottish Jazz Awards logoTwo further award winners will be chosen by the panel including the Services To Scottish Jazz Award sponsored by Ticketmaster, which celebrates those working behind the scenes in the industry.

The Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland will also be presented on the night. Previous winners include Martin Taylor (pictured above), Fionna Duncan, Carol Kidd, Bobby Wellins, Tam White and Ronnie Rae.

LINK: Find out more and cast votes on the Glasgow Jazz Festival website


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