The winners of this year’s Scottish Jazz Awards were announced earlier tonight at a ceremony in the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. They were:

Award for innovation
Graeme Stephen, for his live soundtracks to Murnau’s silent film Sunrise
Jazz in the media
Rob Adams
Jazz education award
Tommy Smith
Services to jazz
George Duncan
Live Jazz (voted for by the public)
Martin Taylor
Emerging Artist / Rising Star
Euan Burton
International performer
Kurt Elling
Best vocalist
Carol Kidd
Best instrumentalist
Julian Argüelles
Best ensemble
NeWt
Best album
Karma by Tommy Smith. The other two short-listed albums, On the Walk by Breach and The Howness by Martin Kershaw are also very good, but I reckon Karma is one of the best Scottish jazz albums for years, up there with Brian Kellock’s Live at Henry’s from 2001.
Lifetime achievement award
Ronnie Rae

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to Alison Eales (@alisoneales) for tweeting the results. I’ve shamelessly recycled her tweets in writing this piece.

Finally, I gather that this blog made the long list in the media section, so thanks to whoever it was who nominated me.

Let’s hear something from the winner of the Best Instrumentalist category, but let’s make it some music rather than a long acceptance speech. Here’s Julian Argüelles in Germany:

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