BBC Radio Scotland programme picks up the media prize at the Scottish Jazz Awards

A PROGRAMME on BBC Radio Scotland has been named winners of the media prize at an awards competition celebrating the best of Scottish Jazz.

Jazz House won the prize at the Scottish Jazz Awards. It is presented by Stephen Duffy. The team also includes Sushil Dade, Shona Pew (content assistant), Paul Carlin, Lee-Ann Howieson (producer) and Lindsay Pell.

And former BBC producer, Keith Loxam, was named the recipient of the Services to Jazz awards.

Say the award organisers: “Keith Loxam, who retired from the BBC in the summer after producing programmes including Jazz on Three for many years, was recognised with the Services to Jazz title.”

The organisers added: “A Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Jim Mullen, the Glasgow-born, London-based guitarist whose distinctive, deeply soulful thumb-style of playing has featured with such internationally-revered musicians as pianist Gene Harris, blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, flautist Herbie Mann and the Average White Band and earned Mullen the soubriquet ‘God’ from the legendary late Chicago jazz-soul-folk poet, Terry Callier.”

Loxam had been at the BBC since the early 1980s, starting in Leeds and Hull. He began working at BBC Radio Scotland during the mid-80s, then went to work with Radio 2 ten years later. He returned to Scotland 13 years ago, to start producing the now established network Radio 3 Jazz programme, ‘Jazz Line-Up’.

Other credits include the Tom Ferrie Show, the Andy Cameron Show, and ‘Take the Jazz Train’ with the late Gordon Cruickshank.