Kurt Elling wins the 2012 Scottish Jazz Award – International category

On July 19, 2012, The Scottish Jazz Federation and Jazz International presented the third annual Scottish Jazz Awards in a glittering ceremony at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. These awards acknowledge and recognize excellence across all styles of jazz in Scotland. Jazz singer and entertainer Ian Shaw hosted the ceremony.
This is the first year they've included an International category, and Kurt is the winner! The other nominees were Randy Brecker and Peter Erskine.

Kurt's award was presented by saxophonist Tommy Smith, director of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Because Kurt is currently on tour, he videotaped his acceptance speech which was very well received during the ceremony. Tommy Smith will present the award trophy in person next week when Kurt performs at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Kurt commented, “I am humbled to be remembered by my Scottish fans. I made some lifelong friends in Scotland while catching great jazz artists in Edinburgh back in the late '80s, when I was doing a year abroad. The Scots culture has a special resonance in my heart. To be returning as a jazz singer myself and to be taken up by Scottish Jazz fans is a wonderful thrill for me. “

Said singer Todd Gordon, Jazz International's founder, “Importantly, these Awards highlight the riches Scotland has across the many jazz genres. Our congratulations go to all nominees, finalists and, of course, our winners for demonstrating the extraordinary musical talent that is thriving in Scotland.”

The full list of winners is here.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, and especially to Kurt!