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31.07.02

RADIO 2
RADIO 3


Winners of the BBC Jazz Awards 2002

BBC Radios 2 and 3 came together tonight (31 July 2002) to present the second annual BBC Radio Jazz Awards which were held at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Co-hosted by Jools Holland and Courtney Pine, the event was a star studded affair celebrating the whole spectrum of the jazz genre.

The ceremony featured award presentations by Clive James, Mark Knopfler, Kenneth Clarke and Moira Stuart among other celebrities, and performances by a host of jazz stars, including a show-stopping performance by Best Band winners, the Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

Winner of Best Vocalist, Stacey Kent, entranced the audience of radio listeners and VIPs with her take on the Richard Rodgers songbook and John Taylor and Oren Marshall performed music from the Best New Work.

The all female sax quartet Saxophony were a great surprise, highlighting the commitment to young talent of Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dame Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, at whose Stables venue they first met.

Dave Brubeck presented their award from New York by video link.

Scottish piano maestro Brian Kellock's Trio, whose Live At Henry's was winner of Best Album, were a great crowd pleaser as were the Big Chris Barber Band, Chris winning the brand new Jazz Heritage award.

The fantastic 20 strong Jazz Jamaica All Stars were back on stage to perform with Rising Star award winner Soweto Kinch among their ranks and - the highlight of the evening - a version of Mamoshaba with International Artist of the Year, Hugh Masekela.

The winners were:

Best Album: Brian Kellock Trio – Live At Henry's (presented by Denis Lawson)

Best Band: Jazz Jamaica All Stars (presented by Moira Stuart)

Best Vocalist: Stacey Kent (presented by Humphrey Lyttelton)

Best Instrumentalist: John Surman (presented by Ian Carr)

Rising Star: Soweto Kinch (presented by Clive James)

Best New Work: John Taylor - Green Man Suite (presented by Mike Gibbs)

Jazz Innovation: Matt Bourne (presented by Julian Joseph)

Services to Jazz: Chris Hodgkins (presented by Moira Stuart)

International Award of the Year: Hugh Masekela (presented by Annie Whitehead)

Jazz Heritage Award: Chris Barber (presented by Mark Knopfler)

Lifetime Achievement 1: Cleo Laine & John Dankworth (presented by Dave Brubeck)

Lifetime Achievement 2: Stan Tracey (presented by Kenneth Clarke)

The awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Monday 5 August 2002 at 7.00-8.30pm and on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up on Saturday 3 August 2002 at 4.00pm.

The awards will also be available online as a streamable webcast from Monday 5 August 2002 at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2


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