Scottish Jazz Awards


The winners of the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards were unveiled on Sunday 18 October 2020 at a virtual ceremony hosted by Suzanne Bonnar and Luca Manning.

Stand-out artists from Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene were honoured in seven categories, with more than 2,500 public votes cast online to decide which artists scooped prestigious awards including Best Instrumentalist and Rising Star. The Services To Scottish Jazz Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were selected by a panel of industry specialists, including press and promoters from across the UK.

Winners at the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards are:

Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union – Anoushka Nanguy
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club – Kitti
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals – Fergus McCreadie
Best Band Award sponsored by Love Supreme Jazz Festival – corto.alto
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD – corto.alto Live From 435 Vols 1, 2 & 3
Services To Scottish Jazz Award sponsored by Ticketmaster – Rob Adams
Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland – Ken Mathieson

You can watch the Virtual Ceremony back on the Glasgow Jazz Festival My Player channel.

The live-streamed ceremony included video messages from 2019’s winners Martin Taylor, Tommy Smith from the SNJO, Brian KellockGeorgia Cecile, Fergus McCreadie and Marianne McGregor, along with 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.


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