Glasgow Jazz Festival have today announced nominations for the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards. The prestigious ceremony, in association with Hands Up For Trad, will...

Glasgow Jazz Festival have today announced nominations for the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards. The prestigious ceremony, in association with Hands Up For Trad, will take place at St Luke’s in Glasgow on Sunday 3rd June.

Last year, after an absence of four years, Glasgow Jazz Festival revived the awards ceremony that celebrates Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene.

In 2017 the festival incorporated the awards into their festival programme but thanks to the success of the event and the support it received from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Scottish Jazz Community they have decided to host it as a stand-alone awards ceremony for 2018.

A panel of industry specialists, including press and promoters have selected the below shortlists for five awards, with the public able to choose the winners by voting for their favourites at

Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival who are hosting this year’s Scottish Jazz Awards, said: “Hosting the Scottish Jazz Awards is a fantastic honour for us at the Glasgow Jazz Festival. The awards are a great opportunity to recognise and reward some of the brilliant musicians we have on the Scottish Jazz scene. We’re delighted to be working in association with Hands Up For Trad once again and we would like to say a huge thank you to the industry professionals who give up their time to be on our panel. We hope everyone gets voting and best of luck to all of the nominees!”

Clare Hewitt, Music Officer, Creative Scotland, said: “The Scottish Jazz Awards are a fantastic way for musicians and audiences to celebrate Scotland’s creative and inventive jazz scene. This list of nominations demonstrates an incredible breadth of talent, and is a great way for the public to explore what Scottish jazz has to offer.”

Nominations for the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards are as follows:

Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Jazz from Scotland
Ali Affleck
Georgia Cecile
Luca Manning
Maggie Nicols
Rachel Lightbody
Seonaid Aitken

Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals
Alyn Cosker
Brian Kellock
Colin Steele
Fergus McCreadie
Graham Costello
Konrad Wiszniewski

Rising Star Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland
David Bowden
Fergus McCreadie
Joe Williamson
Liam Shortall
Luca Manning
Pete Johnstone

Best Band/Ensemble Award sponsored by The Blue Arrow
Rose Room
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Square One
Graham Costello’s Strata

Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD
Alan Benzie, Little Mysteries
Alyn Cosker, KPF
Colin Steele, Diving for Pearls
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, The Word for it Now
Graham Costello’s Strata

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented at the awards ceremony. Previous winners have included Carol Kidd, Bobby Wellins, Tam White, Ronnie Rae and Jim Mullen.

The awards will once again bring together the best in Scottish jazz to honour some of the most talented and revered musicians in the industry. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 08444 539027

To vote in the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards, visit Voting closes at 5pm, Thursday 24th May. Full details of the nominating panel can be found below.