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Scottish Jazz Awards

This year's Glasgow Jazz Festival sees the inaugural Scottish Jazz Awards, arranged by Jazz In Scotland.

The categories of Best Pianist, Best Drummer, Best Bass, Best Guitar, Best Brass, Best Woodwind, Best Vocal, Best Big Band, and Lifetime Achievement will be determined by panel of experts who, where appropriate, will listen to examples without knowing who or what they are listening to - a blind test of quality.

However, the following categories will be determined by public vote on the Jazz In Scotland website - go here to vote! The categories and nominations are:


Jazz Venue of the Year

The Lot, Edinburgh
Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Tolbooth Arts Centre, Stirling
Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Birkhill Hotel, Dumfries (Dumfries Jazz Club)
Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth
Red Rooms, Perth Theatre
West Lothian Golf Club (Linlithgow Jazz Club)
Red Shoes Theatre, Elgin (Moray Jazz Club)
Byre Theatre, St. Andrews
Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Heriots Rugby Club, Edinburgh (Jazz 'n' Jive Club)
Links Hotel, Montrose
Hospitalfield House, Arbroath
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Hopeville Social Club, Inverurie (Garioch Jazz Club)
Fairfield Hotel, Ayr (Ayr Jazz Club)
Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie (Fife Jazz Club)
Dundee Rep Theatre
Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
City Halls, Glasgow
Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir, Larbert

Best Band

Open nomination - choose whoever you like!

Best CD

Brian Kellock The Nine Mile Burn Sessions
David Milligan Shops
Carol Kidd Dreamsville
Kevin Mackenzie Chiasmus
Julian Arguelles Inner Voices
Colin Steele Stramash
Ryan Quigley Laphroaig-ian Slip
Tommy Smith Live at Belleville
Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra Salutes the Kings of Jazz

Best New Project

Martin Kershaw's Hero as a Riddle
Paul Towndrow's Jazz Futures
Raymond Scott Project
Other (nominate anything of your choice)!


I'd've liked to see The 78 (Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow) and The Rio Cafe (Hyndland Street, Glasgow) in the venue category, but never mind. I also struggled over which CD to vote for - for me, it was a choice between Laphroaig-ian Slip and Live at Belleville - I shall refrain from saying which I chose in the end!

Last night Ryan Quigley won Best Jazz Ensemble with his Sextet at this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards - will he win a few more awards in Scotland?

Voting ends on Wednesday 3rd June, and the presentation ceremony will be on Monday 22nd June at The Tron - there are limited public tickets available at £10 each.

Remember to go and vote!

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