April 23, 2010. The sixth annual Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, held this year at the Livings Arts Centre in Mississauga, proved to be a fitting occasion for Canadian smooth jazz to honour its own. Awards host and flautist Alexander Zonjic (pictured here with trumpeters Rick Braun and Greg Adams) picked up accolades for both ‘Album of the Year’ (with his excellent ‘Doin The D’) and Broadcaster of the Year for the specialist show ‘From A to Z’, on The Wave 94.7 in Toronto and Hamilton.
Elsewhere singer-pianist Michael Kaeshammer also came up big with awards for ‘Keyboardist/Pianist of the Year’ and ‘Best Original Composition’ (for'Isabelle’) while other winners included Carol Welsman, Michael Bublé, Carson Freeman, Robert Tardik, Groove Kings and Tony Grace. International awards went to George Benson, Norah Jones and Pieces of a Dream.
I am indebted to Rob Yarmo for the great photograph that accompanies this story.