2020 Scottish Jazz Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards were unveiled on Sunday 18 October at a virtual ceremony hosted by Suzanne Bonnar and Luca Manning. 

Suzanne Bonnar, Luca Manning and Fergus McCreadie at the (virtual) awards ceremony


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Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union : trombonist/singer Anoushka Nanguy

Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club : Kitti

Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals : Fergus McCreadie

Best Band Award sponsored by Love Supreme Jazz Festival  : corto.alto

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.


The live-streamed awards included video messages from previous winners Martin Taylor, Tommy Smith from the SNJO, Georgia Cecile, Fergus McCreadie and Marianne McGregor, and exclusive performances from Fergus McCreadie and Laura MacDonald.

As the Awards were moved from their scheduled date in May 2020 due to Covid-19, the time period for eligible album releases was extended to cover albums released up until the end of July 2020. Last year’s winners were ineligible for nomination in the same category for this year.

NOTE from the LJN team: We are particularly thrilled to see the name of team member/contributor ROB ADAMS among the award-winners. Congratulations. It is always privilege and a pleasure to work with you! 

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