Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone was among the winners in this past weekend’s JUNO Awards ceremonies in Calgary. The awards are given by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) each year to Canadian recording artists and professionals for excellence in pop, jazz, classical, rock, country and a variety of roots and traditional music forms.
Stone received the Instrumental Album Of The Year award for his CD Utmost, which CARAS described thusly on its site:
A masterful banjoist, composer, educator, Stone’s music is steeped in the repertoire, technique, and lore of old-time and bluegrass music. He has studied with banjo elders Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, and Bill Evans, as well as luminaries Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas. Though he is best known for his roots/jazz band Tricycle, his new album, The Utmost, features inventive roots music and a fresh new, sound.
Jayme’s next project is the culmination of his extensive travels in western Africa, researching the banjo’s roots, meeting and collaborating with African players, and writing/recording with them in the process. You can read the banjo travelogues that he prepared during his African visit last Spring here on Bluegrass Today.
He will also be featured in an upcoming CBC concert in Winnipeg that will showcase a wide variety of banjo music, including performances by Stone, Cathy Fink and Leonard Podolak among others. The concert will be recorded for a later Canada Live broadcast on CBC.
Look for details about the new CD (due 6/28) and Stone’s fall US tour to appear soon on his web site.