JazzWeek Announces Awards for Jazz Radio

Kurt Elling, Dr. Jazz, ECM and HighNote/Savant among the winners in 13 categories announced during the radio organization’s annual Summit in Rochester

JazzWeek, a weekly online publication dedicated to jazz and jazz radio programming, announced the recipients of its annual awards for jazz radio during its Jazz Summit conclave in Rochester, at the same time as the Rochester Jazz Festival. Winners were announced in 13 different categories on Saturday morning, June 18, at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards brunch.

Kurt Elling’s The Gate (Concord Jazz) was named Record of the Year. The annual Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award was given to longtime jazz promoter and industry advocate Dr. Jazz (Bob Cohen) in recognition of his years of service to the jazz community. According to a press release received at JazzTimes, the Duke DuBois award “is given to an individual to recognize a long-standing commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community.”

Stations of the year and programmers of the year for large, medium and small markets and for internet-only stations, promotion company of the year, record of the year and label of the year were also recognized.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Station of the Year, Markets 1-25: KSDS, San Diego
Station of the Year, Markets 26-79: WWOZ, New Orleans
Station of the Year, Markets 80+: KCCK, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Internet Station of the Year: taintradio.org
Programmer of the Year, Markets 1-25: Linda Yohn, WEMU, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Programmer of the Year, Markets 26-79: Brad Stone, KSJS, San Jose
Programmer of the Year, Markets 80+: Bob Stewart, KCCK, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Internet Programmer of the Year: Russ Davis, MOJA Radio
Promoter or Promotion Company of the Year: Groov Marketing and Promotion
Record of the Year: Kurt Elling #The Gate# (Concord)
Label of the Year: ECM
Label receiving most airplay: HighNote/Savant
Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award: Dr. Jazz

Nominees are selected by JazzWeek subscribers—jazz radio programmers, jazz record company executives and independent jazz radio record promoters.

The organization recently announced that it will be moving its annual Summit to coincide with the Detroit International Jazz Festival, held on Labor Day weekend every year. The first JazzWeek Summit in Detroit will take place in 2012.

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