Scottish Jazz Awards

A talented roster of nominees have been unveiled for the highly anticipated 2023 Scottish Jazz Awards. The vibrant celebration of Scotland’s thriving jazz scene is set to take place at the historic Savings Bank in Glasgow on Thursday 7th December and will be hosted by celebrated musician Seonaid Aitkin. Since their inception, the Scottish Jazz Awards have become a hallmark event on the Scottish cultural calendar, recognising and honouring contributions to the genre from some of Scotland’s finest vocalists and instrumentalists, while inspiring gifted newcomers to the scene.

A carefully selected shortlist across five categories has been chosen by 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.

The public vote opens below from 12 noon on Monday 13th November, allowing fans of Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene to decide which of the shortlisted stars will be honoured at the glittering ceremony. The public will have until 5pm on Wednesday 29th November to voice their support for who they think deserves to win.

Categories at the 11th Scottish Jazz Awards are:

Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union 

The Fionna Duncan Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club 

Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals 

Best Band Award sponsored by Pizza Express

Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD 

Plus a new panel selected award for 2023 which will be announced shortly, sponsored by Inhouse Event Productions 

The Best Vocalist Award has been renamed in honour of the late jazz singer Fionna Duncan, who sadly passed away last year. Fionna made great contributions to the Scottish jazz scene with her impeccable vocals and infectious enthusiasm for the music, and was a previous recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters. 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.


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