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BBC Jazz Awards - Winners

Lifetime Achievement - Return To Forever

Ex Miles Davis keyboard player Chick Corea's band became one of the definitive 'fusion' acts of the 1970s. Now reformed with the classic line up of Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Al Di Meola, the band are touring the world once more.

Chick Corea profileRTF official site

Gold Award - Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine

The first couple of British Jazz have been making music together for well over half a century as well as providing inspiration for a younger generation of players.

John Dankworth profile at Radio 3Official site

International Award - Charlie Haden

Legendary bassist who came to prominence as a member of Ornette Coleman's band and has since gone on to work with Carla Bley, Pat Metheny, John Taylor, Keith Jarrett and his own Quartet West.

Charlie Haden profileCharlie Haden site


Album Of The Year - The Blessing

All Is Yes is the ecstatically received debut from this Bristolian quartet whose members have appeared with such diverse acts as Portishead, Robert Plant and The Super Furry Animals.

Read the album reviewThe Blessing at MySpace


Best Vocalist - Christine Tobin

Irish born singer and songwriter Tobin has established herself as one of the most gifted and adventurous musicians working in the UK, leading The Guardian to describe her as 'The Bjork of Euro Jazz'.

Chrisine Tobin at the Babel Label siteChristine Tobin at MySpace


Best Instrumentalist - Tony Kofi

Throughout the 1990s Tony Kofi's saxophones were heard in several bands including both Jazz Jamaicaa and The Jazz Warriors. His emotional intensity and knowledge of the jazz tradition marked him out as a name to watch even then, and the work of his own bands have seen him deliver on that promise.

Tony Kofi album reviewTony Kofi site


Jazz Line-Up Band of The Year - Tom Cawley's Curios

The Acoustic Ladyland keyboardist struck out in a different direction with the formation of this acoustic trio in 2006 (described by Time Out as 'state of the art') with bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Joshua Blackmore. They narrowly missed picking up the best album award last year.

Curios at MySpace


Jazz on 3 Innovation Award - Fraud

Formed by James Allsopp and Tim Giles, this quintet's fierce collage of free improv, punk and electronica (drivn by two drummers) earnt them a nomination for Album of The Year in 2007 and much praise from critics.

Read the album reviewFraud at MySpace


Heart of Jazz Award - Tommy Smith

Saxophonist Tommy Smith joined vibist Gary Burton's band aged just 18, going on to work with big names such as Chick Corea, John Scofield and Kenny Wheeler. He now leads the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and his own Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as his own quartet.

Tommy Smith site


(photo - Lucy Lyttelton)

Radio 2 Artist Of The Year - Humphrey Lyttelton

Though primarily known in later life as a broadcaster, Humphrey Lyttelton was first and foremost a jazz musician, celebrating 60 years as a bandleader in January 2008 and boasting a discography that contained well over 200 compositions. He also recorded the first jazz record ever to grace the UK singles chart in 1956!

Humphrey Lyttelton site


Alan Bates

Services to Jazz - Alan Bates

Alan Bates founded Black Lion Records in the late 60s, recording artists as diverse as Chris Barber, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra. In the 1980s he took over the running of the Candid label, revamping it and signing Stacey Kent, Clare Teal and Jamie Cullum among others.

Candid Records site


Kit Downess

Rising Star Award - Kit Downes

Though currently a student at The Royal College of Music, pianist Kit Downes is also carving out a reputation as a name to watch. He is a member of the hotly tipped Empirical and has appeared alongside Acoustic Ladyland, Fraud and Martin Speake.

Kit Downes at MySpace




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