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November 22, 2005

Canadian Jazz Artists Win SOCAN Awards

Written by
cindy mcleod

The 16th annual SOCAN Awards were handed out in Toronto last night in recognition of some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, lyricists and music publishers.

Music industry pioneers receive SOCAN awards for their outstanding achievements and success throughout their careers.

Two major Canadian jazz artists received awards this year; Phil Nimmons, who was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Diana Krall, who took home the Hagood Hardy Jazz Music Award.

Phil Nimmons boasts a career that spans over six decades as a clarinetist, composer and educator. He has made an indelible contribution to cultural life in Canada, and is largely responsible for bringing jazz into the mainstream of music with his innumerable radio performances, concerts, workshops, and lengthy discography. He has been a tireless advocate of jazz as a significant art form. In addition to over 400 original jazz compositions and countless arrangements, Mr. Nimmons has written numerous contemporary chamber and orchestral works for voice, piano, strings and other ensembles.

Pianist/vocalist Diana Krall is one of Canada’s shining stars in the mainstream jazz idiom, having built an impressive international career through her innumerable concert performances and recordings. A highly recognizable figure in the music industry, Kraal has brought attention to her native country as a music ambassador, capturing the hearts of millions of jazz fans around the globe. Krall’s outstanding compositions and contributions are recognized with the Hagood Hardy Award.

16TH ANNUAL SOCAN AWARDS 2005

Lifetime Achievement Award
International Achievement Award
National Achievement Award
Special Achievement Award
Outstanding International Partner
Pop Music Awards
Country Music Awards
Rock Music Award
Urban Music Awards
Dance Music Award
Folk/Roots Music Award
Hagood Hardy Jazz Music Award
Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award
Children’s Music Award
Television and Film Music Awards
SOCAN Classics
Patron of Music

more information visit www.socan.ca

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