January 4, 2005

First-Ever Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards Announced

CanadianSmoothJazzAwards.jpgGood news for smooth jazz fans.

The first-ever Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards will be held April 10 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts near Toronto. Leading the way with three nominations each are flutist Alexander Zonjic, guitarist Brian Hughes and vocalist Diana Krall.

Zonjic, a disc jockey for Detroit’s Smooth Jazz V98.7, was raised and still lives in Windsor, Ontario. He’s nominated for Broadcaster Of The Year, Album Of The Year for Seldom Blues and for Best Wind Instrumentalist.

Hughes, who hails from Toronto but now lives in Southern California, is nominated for Guitarist Of The Year, Album Of The Year for Along The Way and Best Original Composition for “Wherever You Are.”

Krall, who was born and raised in British Columbia and now lives in New York, is nominated for Female Vocalist, Album Of The Year for The Girl In The Other Room and Best Original Composition for “Narrow Daylight.” Krall is nominated for that song along with her husband and co-writer, Elvis Costello.

Receiving International Artist awards are vocalist Anita Baker, who lives in Michigan; guitarist Marc Antoine, who lives in Spain; and guitarist Peter White and saxophonists Dave Koz and Euge Groove, who all live in Southern California.

Among the many other artists receiving awards are saxophonist Warren Hill, guitarist Jesse Cook and the group Four80East. In addition, a lifetime achievement award will be given to New Jersey resident and guitarist George Benson.

Here is a complete list of nominees.

Posted by Brian Soergel at January 4, 2005 2:27 AM