Bute festival chair is Scottish Jazz Awards judge

Tim Kliphuis (centre), flanked by guitarist Nigel Clark and bass player Roy Percy, won the prize for best international musician at the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards, at which Isle of Bute Jazz Festival chairman Tim Saul was a judge. Tim, Nigel and Roy play in Rothesay on November 1 at the second concert in Bute Arts Society's 2013-14 winter series. (Pic by A Surridge)
Tim Kliphuis (centre), flanked by guitarist Nigel Clark and bass player Roy Percy, won the prize for best international musician at the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards, at which Isle of Bute Jazz Festival chairman Tim Saul was a judge. Tim, Nigel and Roy play in Rothesay on November 1 at the second concert in Bute Arts Society's 2013-14 winter series. (Pic by A Surridge)

The Scottish Jazz Awards took place in Edinburgh this week - and there was more than one Bute link to the glittering ceremony.

Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis, who visits Rothesay on November 1 to play in the second concert in Bute Arts Society’s winter series, won the prize for the best international musician - while Tim Saul, the chairman of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, was a member of the judging panel.

The ceremony, held at the Dirty Martini nighclub in the Le Monde hotel in the city’s George Street, saw awards presented in 12 categories, including best album, best instrumentalist, best emerging artist, best ensemble, best vocalist and best live jazz experience.

The awards, organised by the Scottish Jazz Federation and Audacious Music, were set up in 2010 to celebrate the vibrancy of the country’s jazz scene.

“I felt quite honoured to be invited to sit on the judging panel,” Mr Saul said, “because it’s quite a big responsibility. The decisions made by the judges can have quite a significant effect on the careers of those who have been nominated.

“Just being nominated is a considerable achievement, and once you get to the shortlist of the top three in each category, the standard is so high that it’s difficult to put a cigarette paper between the candidates.”

Tim Kliphuis was unable to attend Monday’s ceremony in person, but his award was accepted on his behalf by Roy Percy, bass player in the Tim Kilphuis Trio which will play at Rothesay Joint Campus next Friday.