Jazz saxophonist Andy Hamilton was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the first ever Birmingham Music Awards.
He was presented with the award - an engraved crystal glass trophy in the shape of Birmingham's Rotunda - by reggae star Pato Banton.
The Birmingham Music Awards, which have been two years in the planning, culminated in a ceremony in the Havana Room on Gas St, Birmingham.
They are aimed at recognising and supporting regional music talent.
Singer Norma Lewis compered the event and awards were handed out by Midland stars such as Toyah and ex-Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley. Pato Banton said: "I've lived in Birmingham all my life and there is tonnes and tonnes of talent."
Mr Hamilton was born in 1918, formed his first band in 1928 and has been a band leader ever since.
He moved to Birmingham in 1949 where he set up venues around the city. He released his first record at the age of 72.