Scottish Jazz Awards


The high calibre of talent within Scotland’s jazz scene is set to be celebrated next month, with the return of the Scottish Jazz Awards. Nominees for the 9th edition have been announced, with a public vote to decide who among the country’s dynamic and thriving musical scene is honoured. From soulful jazz singing to experimental crossover sounds, the awards will recognise exceptional talent across its exciting spectrum.

A panel of industry specialists, including media, press and promoters from across the UK, alongside last year’s winners who were ineligible to be nominated in the same category as last year, have carefully selected the shortlist and it’s now up to the public to decide who scoops which Scottish Jazz award. The winners will be named at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday 8 December

Categories in the public vote at the 9th Scottish Jazz Awards are:

Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals
Best Band Award sponsored by Inhouse Event Productions
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD

Two further award winners will be chosen by the expert panel including the Services to Scottish Jazz Award, 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, Fionna Duncan, Carol Kidd, Ken Mathieson, Bobby Wellins, Tam White and Ronnie Rae. Albums released between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2021 were eligible to be nominated in the Best Album category.

You can watch last year’s Virtual Ceremony on the Glasgow Jazz Festival My Player channel. The live-streamed ceremony included exclusive performances from hosts Suzanne Bonnar and Luca Manning plus special guests Fergus McCreadie and Laura MacDonald.

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.

Voting closes at 5pm on Monday 29 November.


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