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2010 JUNO Award Winners for Jazz, Blues and World Music

April 19, 2010

The JUNO award ceremony was held here in St. John’s Newfoundland on Sunday, and despite poor weather and travel problems it was a night to remember.  Below is a list of with video of the key winners in the world of Jazz, Blues and World Music.

Michael Buble – Winner of JUNO Fans Choice Award, Single of the Year,  Album of the Years for ‘Crazy Love’, Pop Album of the Year for ‘Crazy Love’ .

Jazz inspired music sensation Michael Buble picked up four awards on a productive night for the native of Burnaby, British Columbia. Buble has won and been nominated for numerous JUNO’s in his short career, with last night being by far the most successful (four wins from six nominations).

Ranee Lee Winner of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for “Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs’.

This was Ranee Lee’s fifth nomination for a JUNO yet only her first win. In a prestigious career Lee has been awarded honor of The Order of Canada as a member in 2006 for her contributions to music in her long and distinguished career. Ranee has also won awards for her acting and is an accomplished writer of children’s books.

For the full list of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Nominees with video click here

Charles Spearin Winner of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year

A member of the band Broken Social Scene, Spearin is no stranger to the JUNO Awards, previously winning two awards. This album, which is based around the spoken word recordings of his neighbors in Toronto talking about happiness. ‘The Happiness Project’s” success has come as a refreshing surprise.

To view bios and video of all other Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominees click here

Terry Clarke Winner of Traditional Jazz Album of the Year

Terry Clarke is an accomplished drummer who has played with the likes of Oscar Peterson, John Handy and Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Born in British Columbia and now based in Toronto, Clarke’s musical careers dates back  to the 1960’s. Despite this long and illustrious career this is Clarke’s first album release as a band leader.

To read about the other traditional Jazz Nominees click here

Jack de Keyzer, Winner of Blues Album of the Year

Jack de Keyzer won a  JUNO for Best Blues Album in 2003 for ‘6 String Lover’.  British born de Keyzer has been performing for over thirty years, with his music taking him across the globe.  An accomplished guitarist he has appeared on numerous albums by artists such as Bo Diddley, Etta James and Blue Rodeo.

To read bio’s and watch video of the other Blues Album of the Year Nominees click here.

Dominic Mancuso, Winner of World Music Album of the Year

Toronto born Dominic Mancuso’s album ‘Comfortably Mine’ is an exploration of his cultural roots in Southern Italy. Dominic takes the traditional and fuses it with his modern Canadian influences in and innovative way to produce this album.

To watch Video and read about the other nominees click here.

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JUNO Category of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, 2010.

March 5, 2010

The five nominees for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year are Charles Spearin for ‘The Happiness Project‘, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society for ‘Infernal Machines’, Hilario Duran for ‘Motion’, John Roney for ‘Silverbirch’ and Kirk MacDonald for ‘Songbook Vol. 1’  . Below is a brief bio of each artist and an example of their nominated album.

Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project

A member of the band Broken Social Scene, Spearin is no stranger to the JUNO Awards, previously winning two awards. This album, which is based around the spoken word recordings of his neighbors in Toronto talking about happiness. ‘The Happiness Project’s” success has come as a refreshing surprise

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines

‘Infernal Machines’ is the debut album by Darcy James Argue.  The album utilizes Argue’s 18 piece big band using traditional styles in new and innovative ways. A native of Vancouver, Argue earned his masters degree in Boston and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Hilario Duran – Motion

A performer at last years Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival with Luis Mario Ochoa, Hilario Duran has produced another JUNO nominated album in ‘Motion’. Cuban born Duran, now based in Toronto is a two time JUNO winner (2002 and 2006) for his albums ‘Havana Remembered’ and ‘Perspectiva Encuentro en la Habana’. He has also received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

John Roney – Silverbirch

A Grand Prix du Jazz nominee at the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival and has become an integral part of the Montreal jazz scene. John has built a reputation as a talented pianist, representing Canada at the Martial Solal International Piano Competition in Paris, France. A native of Toronto, Roney has toured the world showcasing his considerable talent.

Kirk MacDonald Quartet – Songbook Vol. 1

Kirk MacDonald has numerous JUNO nominations and a JUNO award (Best Mainstream Album in 1999) as a solo artist plus several other nominations as part of other groups. The Nova Scotia native is one of Canada’s leading saxophonists and has worked with some of the finest jazz musicians around today.

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