The 2010 Guinness Jazz Awards have been announced at the Guinness Cork Jazz
Festival and Herbie Hancock has been unveiled as the recipient of the
Guinness Jazz Legend Award, thus joining such luminaries as Jimmy Smith and
the late Humphrey Lyttelton.
The Guinness Jazz Festival has long played a pivotal role in the development
of jazz as a dynamic art form in Ireland. Since its foundation the Festival
has presented the cream of the world’s jazz talent to very appreciative
audiences. Each year Guinness present awards in various categories to
recognise the very best of the Festival performers.
The Guinness Jazz Personality of the Festival is Charlie Haden.
The 2010 Guinness Rising Star Award is awarded to Robert Glasper.
The Jazz in Europe Award goes to Todd Gustavsen of the Todd Gustavsen
The award for Best Young Irish Musician goes to jazz drummer David Lyttle.
The Best Young Band of the Festival goes to Alex Mathias Quartet (Dublin).
The winner of the Jazz Futures Competition was the Nic Yarbrough Quartet
from London. The showcase got a huge attendance at CIT Cork School of Music
and the judges too a long time to reach their decision. As part of their
prize the band will be invited back to perform at the 2011 Festival in Cork.