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April 11, 2006

Canada’s National Jazz Awards Winners

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Canadian Jazz Master Don Thompson

Jazz Master Don Thompson Captures Three Awards

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Don Thompson won a handful of awards last night at the 5th annual National Jazz Awards gala ceremony in Toronto.

Thompson won three Awards; Musician, Composer, and Instrumentalist of the Year. The Canadian giant will also be honoured at the first Art of Jazz Celebration festival in May.

Other multiple winners were Diana Krall, named Jazz Vocalist and International Musician of the Year; Rob McConnell, Trombonist and Big Band of the Year; and Dave Young, who won Bassist and Acoustic Group of the Year categories.

Mike Murley, voted Saxophonist of the Year and also as a member of Metalwood, the Electric Group of the Year. Oliver Jones was named Pianist of the Year and shared the award for Jazz Album of the Year with vocalist Ranee Lee, for her CD Just You, Just Me.

The TD Canada Trust Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival won the Best Festival of the Year, while Larry Green, who hosts Jazzology on Toronto’s JazzFM91, was named Broadcaster of the Year. The Toronto Star’s Geoff Chapman was named Jazz Journalist of the Year.

Drummer Terry Clarke was handed the award for Drummer of the Year, while composer and pioneering jazz educator Phil Nimmons won Clarinetist of the Year. Saxophonist Phil Dwyer captured Arranger of the Year, and bassist Roberto Occhipinti, who won as Producer of the Year.

Kevin Turcotte was voted Trumpeter of the Year, Guitarist of the Year went to Reg Schwager, Ed Vokura Violinist of the Year, pianist Hilario Duran for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year. The Rising Star of the Year went to pianist David Virelles. Don Vickery accepted the prize for Photographer of the Year, and Justin Time Records for Jazz Label of the Year.

Created by pianist and publisher Bill King, the National Jazz Awards honours Canadian jazz talent. The slate of nominees was drawn up by a group of 150 jazz business and media professionals, and the winners were chosen by about 3,000 voters on-line.

for more information visit www.nationaljazzawards.com

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