Zonjic’s nominations are for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year.
Winners will be determined through on-line voting and by a panel of industry professionals. To vote, fans should visit www.canadiansmoothjazzawards.com. Voting is now open to an international audience.
Zonjic was raised and still lives in Windsor, Ontario. He performs in 100 concerts a year, is creative director for four summer music festivals and is part owner of the jazz supper club Seldom Blues along with hosting a daily morning show on Detroit’s Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM).
“Since its inception, the Smooth Jazz Awards body has served as the authority for the genre in Canada. I am glad to be a part of it,” said Zonjic.
The 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards includes nominees in 11 categories. No one artist dominated the nominations but six musicians rose to the top with three nods each: guitarists Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop, keyboardist Rob De Boer and vocalists Molly Johnson, Amy Sky and Carol Welsman.
The George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Smooth Jazz super group, Spyro Gyra. Led by saxophonist, Jay Beckenstein, the band has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Like the past two Lifetime Achievement recipients, George Benson and Bob James, Spyro Gyra will attend the ceremony on April 27th.
The event was created by WAVE 94.7 and Smooth Jazz Now (smoothjazznow.com) on-line magazine.