The Scottish Jazz Awards 2020 have honoured musicians across the generations, with Glasgow’s young scene winning the Best Album, Best Instrumentalist, Best Vocalist, and Best Band titles, as well as the Rising Star Award.
Trombonist Liam Shortall’s corto.alto won Best Band and Best Album (for Live from 435 Vols 1, 2 and 3, Katie Doyle. Who sings under the stage name Kitti, took the Best Vocalist prize. Pianist Fergus McCreadie won Best Instrumentalist and trombonist-singer Anoushka Nanguy was voted Rising Star of the year.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to drummer and band-leader Ken Mathieson, whose contribution to the scene includes his internationally regarded Classic Jazz Orchestra, programming the inaugural Glasgow Jazz Festival in 1987 and playing a crucial role in bringing top-flight American musicians to Scotland through his involvement in the Black Bull Jazz Club in Milngavie during the 1970s and early 1980s.
The full list of awards and sponsors is:
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 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
The awards are organised by Glasgow Jazz Festival and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.