Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been nominated for three awards and will host the first-ever Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards to be held April 10 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts near Toronto. Zonjic�s diverse nominations are for Album of the Year for Seldom Blues, for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year.
Zonjic was raised and still lives in Windsor, Ontario. He is also host of a popular daily morning show on Detroit�s Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM).
"Canadian Smooth Jazz musicians finally have an awards program to recognize their artistry," said Zonjic. The event was created by Doug and Mary Kirk, owners of The Wave (radio) in Hamilton, Ontario, and Smooth Jazz Now (on-line magazine) editor John Beaudin. Fans will determine the winners via an on-line poll. To vote, fans should visit www.canadiansmoothjazzawards.com. Voting is now open to an international audience.
Top nominees for the inaugural ceremony include Diana Krall, Eddie Bullen, Brian Hughes, Marc Jordan and Alexander Zonjic all with three. Confirmed to perform are guitarist Brian Hughes, vocalist Carol Welsman, who is a double nominee, and Warren Hill who is up for Saxophonist Of The Year.
The first Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards will also pay tribute to on of the biggest trailblazers in the genre - George Benson. The guitar legend will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement prize appropriately titled The Benson Award. Each year a different trendsetter in the world of Smooth Jazz will receive The Benson. International Smooth Jazz artists have also been recognized. Marc Antoine, Anita Baker, Euge Groove, Dave Koz and Peter White are the nominees.