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April 8, 2006

National Jazz Awards Honour Canadians

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Awards Recognize Jazz Excellence in Canada

Canadian jazz artists, festival organizers, journalists, broadcasters and fans are gathering in Toronto to pay tribute to their own at the 2006 National Jazz Awards on Monday, April 10, 2006.

The National Jazz Awards winners, as chosen by the public via a national on-line voting system, will be honoured at a ceremony taking place at Toronto’s Old Mill Inn. Hosted by media personality Ralph Benmergui and highly acclaimed vocalist Dee Daniels, this year’s theme for the gala event will be Latin jazz.

Bassist Roberto Occhipinti, who is nominated in three categories: Arranger of the Year, Latin Jazz Artist of the Year, and Producer of the Year, is also Music Director for the event. The evening features performances by some of Canada’s finest in jazz, pianist/bandleader Hilario Duran, composer/trumpeter David Buchbinder, pianists Nancy Walker and Min Rager, saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Mike Murley, and guitarist David Occhipinti. “The Young Lions of Latin Jazz,” David Virelles & Alexis Baro, Hugh Fraser, Osmundo Calzado, the Montreal Latin All-Stars and Eliana Cuevas are also slated to perform.

The 2006 National Jazz Awards will honour the legendary master percussionist Candido Camero (Candido) during the ceremony, with a special presentation of it’s first annual Pioneer Award. Camero is being recognized for his historic contributions to music on an international level. The 85 year old Grammy nominateda Cuban conguero performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Machito & His Afro Cubans, and Mario Bauza among the many over the decades. He lent to the development of Latin jazz and Cu-bop, and was instrumental in transforming the folkloric Son music of Cuba into the dancehall favourite, Salsa. Camero make a special guest appearance with with “The Montreal Cuban All Star Band”, who will perform an original composition written specifically in honour of the master. Camero will also perform solo, and sit in for a special descarga (jam) for the finale.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the National Jazz Awards recognizes contributions to jazz excellence in Canada. The nominees were selected by a committee of industry leaders, and fans across Canada cast votes in a public poll for their favourite nominee in 26 different categories.

for more information visit www.nationaljazzawards.com

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