Nominations are now open for the 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards.

The short list, and eventually the winners, will be selected by a panel of 20 who “represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their knowledge and appreciation of jazz”. The finalists will be announced at a press event during the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and the winners announced at an event in the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on July 19th, the eve of the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival.

The definition of “Scottish” being used is “based in Scotland”, not “born in Scotland”. Mario Caribé and Chris Wallace are eligible, but Calum Gourlay and Seb Rochford aren’t. Musicians based in other parts of the UK have to be nominated in the “International” category, just like those based in the USA, Europe or elsewhere.

The categories include:

  • Jazz Album of the Year
  • Vocalist of the Year
  • Instrumentalist of the Year
  • International Artist
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year
  • Jazz in the Media (including blogs)
  • Emerging Talent
  • Best Live Act

Nominations are made via an online form.