Among the 12 award categories, vocalist of the year went to Carol Kidd MBE. Saxophonist Julian Argüelles was instrumentalist of the year, while fellow saxophonist Tommy Smith’s group recording Karma collected album of the year, while Smith also won the education award. A lifetime recognition award went to Ronnie Rae Senior, veteran double-bassist, mentor and patriarch of an entire jazz clan, while this year’s “emerging artist” was the busy young bassist, Euan Burton.
Award for Best Jazz Educator
Award for Best Album of the Year ‘KARMA’
Cleverly timed to follow a highly successful Glasgow Jazz Festival, which saw a 30% increase in box office for the main concerts at the Old Fruitmarket, and on the eve of this year’s Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, which has appearances by Dr John, Manhattan Transfer and Kyle Eastwood, the awards have quickly established themselves on the Scottish music calendar.