Krall Tops Canada's National Jazz Awards

Singer/pianist Diana Krall was the big winner at the Canada's inaugural National Jazz Awards Sunday night in Toronto. The Nanaimo, British Columbia-native was named musician of the year and best inter

Singer/pianist Diana Krall was the big winner at the Canada's inaugural National Jazz Awards Sunday night in Toronto. The Nanaimo, British Columbia-native was named musician of the year and best international musician, while her Verve album "The Look of Love" earned record of the year honors at the awards show at the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts.

Bandleader Rob McConnell pulled down two awards: arranger and trombonist of the year. Carol Welsman won vocalist of the year honors and Nojo picked up the award for big band of the year. The Montreal International Jazz Festival was honored as best jazz festival.

Winners of the awards were chosen via a ballot that was open to the public at the National Jazz Awards Web site.

Along with the balloted awards, noted pianist Oscar Peterson, who performed during the ceremony, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Peterson was also inducted into the Canadian Jazz & Blues Hall of Fame, along with Moe Koffman, Jackie Washington, and Dutch Mason. The newly established Hall of Fame as yet has no physical home, although plans are underway to establish a building in Barrie, Ontario.

The show was hosted by CBC Radio 2 jazz DJ Ross Porter, who was named broadcaster of the year at the ceremony. The event featured performances by some of Canada's top jazz talent, including Tenor Madness, the Joanne Brackeen Trio with Terry Clarke & Don Thompson, the D.D. Jackson Trio with Mark McLean & John Geggie, the Club Django Sextet, Michael Occhipinti's Creation Dream, the Jane Bunnett Group, and Denzal Sinclaire & Bill Coon. The awards show was broadcast live on CBC Radio.

Here is the full list of National Jazz Awards winners:

Record of the year: "The Look of Love," Diana Krall
Musician of the year: Diana Krall
International musician: Diana Krall
Big band: Nojo
Vocalist: Carol Welsman
Acoustic Group: Barry Elmes Quintet
Electric Group: Metalwood
Saxophonist: Mike Murley
Bassist: Dave Young and Steve Wallace
Keyboardist: Dave Restivo
Drummer: Terry Clarke
Violin: Hugh Marsh
Clarinet: Phil Nimmons
Trombonist: Rob McConnell
Trumpet: Kevin Turcotte
Guitarist: Michael Occhipinti
Percussion: Rick Lazar
Miscellaneous: Jane Bunnett
Producer: Jim West and Brigham Phillips
Best jazz festival: Montreal International Jazz Festival
Broadcaster: Ross Porter (CBC Radio 2 -- After Hours)
Journalist: Mark Miller (the Globe and Mail and author)
Composer: Nick Ali
SOCAN composer: D.D. Jackson
Arranger: Rob McConnell
Label: Justin Time Records
Lifetime Achievement Award: Phil Sheridan, Oscar Peterson

-- AP & Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.



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