Scottish Jazz Awards 2018
I was delighted to find out on Sunday that I'd been selected as Best Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scottish Jazz Awards - a really massive honour. I was in alongsidesome pretty hefty company, such as Alyn Cosker, Brian Kellock and Konrad Wisniewski - and even my good friend Graham Costello. So even to have been included in that list of names was special - never mind recieving the award itself.
I couldn't be there on the evening unfortunately - but thankfully my trio-mate David Bowden was there to collect it for me. He did a little interview with BBC Radio Scotland from the event - if you're reading this from within a month of posting, you should be able to listen at an hour and 22 minutes here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5826m
There were some other very worthy winners that night (although every nominee would have been highly deserving), who I'm lucky to call friends. Luca Manning bagged the Rising Star Award, which is definitely well deserved, as he really is on the rise as one of Scotlands best singers. Alan Benzie got the album award for his recent album, which is absolutely fantastic and highly recommended - and Seonaid Aitken got double lucky by winning best singer and best band (for Rose Room). A good night all round!
The album is not long out too - you can still check it out on Spotify or iTunes. I'm trying to up the follower count on my Spotify page so if you had a spare ten seconds to press the follow button, that would be amazing! https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Yb1aFMX9xNtjFVDSdt2ZL As a trio we had a very enjoyable gig at the Glasgow University lunchtime concerts - you can catch us next at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival - http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com/2018-programme.html. See you soon!