jazz & blues music blog with news, reviews, concerts & more, with a Canadian focus

April 25, 2009

Canada’s Smooth Jazz Award Winners Announced

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada

Smooth Jazz Awards

Canada’s Smooth Jazz Awards
Winners 2009

Saxophonist Warren Hill Dominates with 3 Awards

Canada’s Smooth Jazz Award winners were announced last night at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Toronto born, Colorado based Saxophonist Warren Hill topped the awards by capturing the ‘Wind Instrumentalist of the Year,’ ‘Best Original Composition’ and ‘Album of the Year for ‘La Dolce Vita’ (co-written by Nathan East and Sam Purkin). This makes six awards in total the talented musician has won since the the start of the program in 2005.

International artists to win awards were multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson who picked up ‘International Instrumentalist of the Year’ and Seal won ‘International Vocalist,’ while Fourplay won in the ‘Group’ Category.

Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook picked up ‘Guitarist of the Year’ for the third time, having taking home awards in 2006 and 2008.

Toronto’s Daniela Nardi won her first Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year.’

Winning the George Benson Lifetime Achievement award was guitarist Earl Klugh, following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Spyro Gyra and Lee Ritenour.


– Male Vocalist of the Year
Robin Thicke

– Best Original Composition
“La Dolce Vita” – Warren Hill, Nathan East, Sam Purkin

– Keyboardist/Pianist of the Year
Fred Engler

– Wind Instrumentalist of the Year
Warren Hill

– Female Vocalist of the Year
Daniela Nardi

– Guitarist/Bass Guitarist of the Year
Jesse Cook

– International Group of the Year

– Broadcaster of the Year
Stu Berketo – Wave 94.7 – Toronto/Hamilton

– International Instrumentalist of the Year
Brian Culbertson

– International Vocalist of the Year

– Album of the Year
La Dolce Vita – Warren Hill – E1 Music (Koch)

– Drummer/Percussionist of the Year
Steve Heathcote

– George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award
Earl Klugh

for more info visit www.canadiansmoothjazzawards.com

One comment for this post.

  1. Pingback from Flamenco Dancing Guitar and Cajon Spanish Music » Blog Archive » ยป Canada's Smooth Jazz Award Winners Announced Jazz Elements: jazz … on April 25th, 2009 :

    […] Canada's Smooth Jazz Award Winners Announced Jazz Elements: jazz … Leadership Connextions International wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptFlamenco guitarist Jesse Cook picked […]

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.