2018 Junos

Congrats to the winners and nominees at the 2018 Junos.

If you missed the event, or you want to bask in the glory again, you can watch it here:

To recap, the Jazz categories and its nominees were:

Jazz Album of the year (Solo)

Bassist Mike Downes was a winner again this past weekend. He first won a Juno in 2014 for the recording Ripple Effect. The new album is Root Structure, featuring an all-star cast of musicians.

Mike was joined in the Solo jazz category by:

Hilario Durán – Contumbao

Ralph Bowen – Ralph Bowen

Brad Cheeseman – The Tide Turns

Chet Doxas – Rich in Symbols

Jazz Album of the Year (Group)

The 2018 nominees was a varied and talented collection of groups. All were deserving, but the Juno went to David Braid, Mike Murley, Anders Mogensen & Johnny Aman with The North.

Their fellow nominees included

Andrew Downing’s Otterville – Otterville

Carn Davidson 9 – Murphy

Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop – Rev

Christine & Ingrid Jensen – Infinitude

Jazz Vocal Album of the Year

Diana Krall was certainly the big jazz story this past weekend, accepting the Juno for Vocal Album of the year for Turn up the Quiet, and also the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award. She spoke eloquently about her legendary late co-producer, Tommy Lipuma, who passed away a year ago.

Diana’s fellow nominees included

Matt Dusk – Old School Yule

Bria Skonberg – With A Twist

Kellylee Evans – Come On

Michael Kaeshammer – No Filter

And for good measure, watch Diana Krall’s and Michael Bublé duet of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s “L-O-V-E.”