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2008 National Jazz Award Winners
Canada’s Finest Jazz Veterans and Emerging Artists Honoured
The 2008 National Jazz Awards gala took place Tuesday night in Toronto, with the finest in Canadian jazz sharing the honours.
Latin jazz great Hilario Duran and bassist Jodi Proznick were the big winners – each taking home three of the trophies.
Cuban-born Hilario Duran was named SOCAN composer of the year and Latin jazz Artist of the Year. His group, Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band, was named Big Band of the Year.
The Jodi Proznick Quartet received Record of the Year for Foundations, and Acoustic Band of the Year awards, while B.C. based Proznick won top honours for Bassist of the Year.
West coast musician Phil Dwyer won a pair of awards, Saxophonist and Arranger of the Year, while Toronto music journalist Geoff Chapman took home two awards, winning Journalist of the Year for the fifth consecutive time. Chapman was also previously announced as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Performers at the gala profiled the up-and-comers on the Canadian jazz scene, with singer Kellylee Evans and pianist Michael Kaeshammer (who also hosted the event), multiple-winner Proznick and her pianist husband Tilden Webb, bassist Brandi Disterheft, teen singer Nikki Yanofsky and saxophonist Mike Ruby.
The evening also featured three tributes to three notable jazz artists who have recently died, iconic pianist Oscar Peterson, who was honoured as Musician of the Year, multi-instrumentalist Jeff Healey, who was named Artist of Distinction and Doug “Dr. Music” Riley, who was named a Jazz Pioneer.
More 2008 National Jazz Award Winners:
Instrumentalist of the Year: Don Thompson
International Musician: Wynton Marsalis
Drummer: Terry Clarke
Guitarist: Reg Schwager
Trumpeter: Brad Turner
Trombonist: Hugh Fraser
Clarinetist: Phil Nimmons
Violinist: Jesse Zubot
Keyboardist: Nancy Walker
Electric Band: Barry Romberg Random Access
Female Vocalist: Emilie-Claire Barlow
Male Vocalist: Joe Coughlin
CBC Galaxie Rising Star: Chris Andrew
Label: Cellar Live
Producer: Brad Turner
Festival: Vancouver Jazz Festival
Jazz Photographer: Don Vickery
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