BBC Jazz Awards 2008

A seguir os vencedores do BBC Jazz Awards 2008, sempre revelando novos talentos e reverenciando antigos mestres, além de figuras memoráveis do jazz, como Alan Bates (foto). Lifetime Achievement - Return To Forever - Ex Miles Davis keyboard player Chick Corea's band became one of the definitive 'fusion' acts of the 1970s. Now reformed with the classic line up of Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Al Di Meola, the band are touring the world once more. Gold Award - Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine - The first couple of British Jazz have been making music together for well over half a century as well as providing inspiration for a younger generation of players. International Award - Charlie Haden - Legendary bassist who came to prominence as a member of Ornette Coleman's band and has since gone on to work with Carla Bley, Pat Metheny, John Taylor, Keith Jarrett and his own Quartet West. Album Of The Year - The Blessing - All Is Yes is the ecstatically received debut from this Bristolian quartet whose members have appeared with such diverse acts as Portishead, Robert Plant and The Super Furry Animals. Best Vocalist - Christine Tobin - Irish born singer and songwriter Tobin has established herself as one of the most gifted and adventurous musicians working in the UK, leading The Guardian to describe her as 'The Bjork of Euro Jazz'. Best Instrumentalist - Tony Kofi - Throughout the 1990s Tony Kofi's saxophones were heard in several bands including both Jazz Jamaicaa and The Jazz Warriors. His emotional intensity and knowledge of the jazz tradition marked him out as a name to watch even then, and the work of his own bands have seen him deliver on that promise. Jazz Line-Up Band of The Year - Tom Cawley's Curios - The Acoustic Ladyland keyboardist struck out in a different direction with the formation of this acoustic trio in 2006 (described by Time Out as 'state of the art') with bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Joshua Blackmore. They narrowly missed picking up the best album award last year. Jazz on 3 Innovation Award - Fraud - Formed by James Allsopp and Tim Giles, this quintet's fierce collage of free improv, punk and electronica (drivn by two drummers) earnt them a nomination for Album of The Year in 2007 and much praise from critics. Heart of Jazz Award - Tommy Smith - Saxophonist Tommy Smith joined vibist Gary Burton's band aged just 18, going on to work with big names such as Chick Corea, John Scofield and Kenny Wheeler. He now leads the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and his own Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as his own quartet. Radio 2 Artist Of The Year - Humphrey Lyttelton - Though primarily known in later life as a broadcaster, Humphrey Lyttelton was first and foremost a jazz musician, celebrating 60 years as a bandleader in January 2008 and boasting a discography that contained well over 200 compositions. He also recorded the first jazz record ever to grace the UK singles chart in 1956! Services to Jazz - Alan Bates - Alan Bates founded Black Lion Records in the late 60s, recording artists as diverse as Chris Barber, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra. In the 1980s he took over the running of the Candid label, revamping it and signing Stacey Kent, Clare Teal and Jamie Cullum among others. Rising Star Award - Kit Downes - Though currently a student at The Royal College of Music, pianist Kit Downes is also carving out a reputation as a name to watch. He is a member of the hotly tipped Empirical and has appeared alongside Acoustic Ladyland, Fraud and Martin Speake.