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November 25, 2006

Canadian Jazz Musicians Receive Composer’s Awards

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz music news

Songwriters, composers, honoured by SOCAN

Canadian songwriters were feted this week at the annual SOCAN Awards gala, where more than 400 guests celebrated the achievements of its top songwriter, composer, and music publisher members.

The event was hosted by country music star Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers (Calgary), who pulled double-duty and also performed with the band, opening and closing the event.

Sixteen different categories were recognized, with Calgary’s Jann Arden capturing the most honours and winning Pop Music, SOCAN Classics, and National Achievement awards.

Other Classics Awards winners included Les Emmerson (Five Man Electrical Band), Nick Gilder/James McCulloch (Gilder, Sweeny Todd), Rich Dodson (Stampeders), and Tom Lavin (Powder Blues).

This year’s Lifetime Achievement award was handed to Montreal roots/folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle.

Toronto-born and L.A.-based Brian Hughes captured the Hagood Hardy Jazz Music Award. The guitarist, composer, and producer has released five recordings and has previously won SOCAN Jazz/instrumental Composer of the Year awards five consecutive times from 1997 to 2001, having achieved more worldwide airplay each year than any other Canadian artist in the genre.

Jazz bassist Roberto Occhipinti was awarded a Domesticated Animated Television Series Music Award for his work on ‘George Shrinks,’ the PBS animated children’s series. Known particularly for his Afro-Cuban jazz style, Occhipinti performs with his own group, tours and records with other international artists, and earlier this year received a National Jazz Award for his work as a producer.

for more info and a full list of winners visit www.socan.ca

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