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BBC Radio Jazz Award Winners

While most of the revered jazz legends of the past century were born and bred in the U.S., our cousins over in the U.K. have produced quite a few stellar jazz musicians of their own, among them Dave Holland, George Shearing and Ronnie Scott.

While some of these British jazzmen enjoy considerable success stateside, some are not as fortunate. In turn, the BBC has been honoring their native jazz musicians for the past several years, and on July 31 the 2002 BBC Radio Jazz Awards were presented at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The event was co-hosted by Jools Holland and Courtney Pine, and featured award presentations by Clive James, Mark Knopfler, Kenneth Clarke and Moira Stewart. Performances by the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, vocalist Stacey Kent, and the all-female sax quartet Saxophony were just a few of the evening’s highlights. Through a video link from New York, Dave Brubeck presented the award for lifetime achievement, which went to Dame Cleo Laine and John Dankworth (pictured). Complete List of Winners and Presenters:

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