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February 10, 2007

Jazz Bassist Skip Beckwith Honoured by ECMA’s

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Jazz bassist Skip Beckwith one of five recipients of 2007 of 2007 Stompin’ Tom Awards

The awards, given annually to the unsung heroes of the East Coast Music industry, are presented this year at the Industry Awards Show and Brunch during the East Coast Music Awards on Sunday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

The Stompin’ Tom Awards are presented annually to one individual or group from each of the five regions of the East Coast Music Association: New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.

The 2007 recipients are: Skip Beckwith (Nova Scotia), Frank Maher (Newfoundland and Labrador), Brent Mason (New Brunswick), Neil Matthews (P.E.I) and Sam Moon (Cape Breton).

The award began in 1993 when Stompin’ Tom Connors was presented with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement award. Instead of accepting it, he requested that an award be created to honour musicians who’ve made long-term contributions to the East Coast Music industry and paved the road for many of today’s East Coast artists. The East Coast Music Association has since recognized over 70 musical pioneers. They are selected by a committee of Atlantic Canadian folklorists in consultation with the ECMA board of directors.

Composer, arranger, producer Skip Beckwith is considered to be Atlantic Canada’s foremost jazz bassist. Born in Sydney, he studied piano as a child before taking up bass at the Maritime Conservatory of Music. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Advanced School of Music in Toronto and was a favourite on the Ontario jazz scene. His return to Halifax in 1975 heralded a new era of jazz for the region, and Beckwith has since been instrumental in the development of festivals and concerts across the province. He has performed and recorded with many jazz giants including Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Ed Bickert and Sonny Stitt.

The East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Feb.15 to 18 and will culminate in the East Coast Music Awards Gala, broadcast on CBC Television, Sunday, Feb. 18, starting at 8 p.m. in all time zones (8:30 NT).

for more information visit www.ecma.ca

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