The 6th Scottish Jazz Awards took place on Sunday 3 June 2018 in St Luke’s, Glasgow. The awards once again brought together the best in Scottish jazz and honoured some of the most talented and revered musicians in the industry.
Last year, after an absence of four years, Glasgow Jazz Festival revived the prestigious awards ceremony that celebrates Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene. A panel of industry specialists, including press and promoters, selected the shortlist for the awards and the public were able to choose the winners by voting online. Over 3000 people voted for their favourite, a 20% increase in votes since last year.
In 2017 the festival incorporated the awards into their festival programme but thanks to the success of the event and the support it received from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Scottish jazz community they hosted it as a stand-alone awards ceremony for 2018.
Winners for the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards were as follows:
Rising Star Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland – Luca Manning
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Jazz from Scotland – Seonaid Aitken
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals – Fergus McCreadie
Best Band Award sponsored by The Blue Arrow – Rose Room
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD – Alan Benzie Trio ‘Little Mysteries’
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Ticketmaster – Fionna Duncan