The British Jazz Awards 2010
The 22nd year of the British Jazz Awards bought the usual mix of shocks, close run things and clear favourites clocking up multiple awards. No real surprises in Mark Nightingale and Martin Taylor dominating the trombone and guitar categories or Alan Barnes picking up four awards.
Unlike Alan's hold on the other reeds, the tenor sax slot is always liable to change, with a particulary strong field each year, and this year it was Karen Sharp who deservedly triumphed. The two photo finishes for top spot came in the piano category, with Craig Milverton edging out John Pearce for his first British Jazz Award and, as always, in the double bass section, with the neck-and-neck struggle this time being between Dave Green and Alec Dankworth. In the best re-issue, the late Humphrey Lyttelton, who has dominated the CD awards for the last two years, relinquished his hold by the narrowest of margins to Tubby Hayes who was represented by two CD's in the final four.
The Jazz Rag Winter 2010