Here is an extra big tweet for you all....
I'm just leaving Toronto right now after playing a second post-awards
event, on my way back to Vancouver. I had a couple of amazing days
here, and am bringing home the gold!
I am truly humbled and honored to be the 2011 recipient of both the
Instrumentalist of the Year AND Album of the Year at the Canadian
Smooth Jazz Awards! For those who don't follow, these awards and show
are the definitive voice of contemporary jazz in Canada, with the eyes
and input of the world on them, and is arguably the biggest jazz
awards production in North America.
I had a cohesive and smoking feature spot playing Rockin' the
Ribjoint, my charting single, and want to thank my band mates Paul
Brown, Vernon Barbary, Andy Scott, Tony Grace, Don Breithaupt, and
Steve Heathcote for such a great groove!
Other performers had features and received awards as well, and these
icons were breathtaking. I had the great fortune to play onstage
alongside the brightest stars out there: Larry Carlton, Dave Koz,
Mindi Abair, Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver, Warren Hill, Alexander
Zonjic, and more!
Thanks again to all the industry folk, peers and fans for their
support, and by voting for me in these awards.
Special kudos go out to Miles Black (who also received an award in
absentia) for his extensive contributions to my winning cd 'Told Ya
So', and to the wonderful players who contributed their own juju to
that project as well: Jeff Lorber, Marc Antoine, Darren Rahn, Paul
Brown, Rock Hendricks, and Amanda Wood.
Hopefully these awards will give me more credibility and a leg up in
the industry, and connect me to the right support team to keep moving
forward. In the meantime, I'm just going to keep hittin' it!
Don't forget my two upcoming shows in Vancouver May 6 and 8 ..... Go
for more details.
Sent from my iPhone, sorry for duplicates or typos!