The jazz world was abuzz with anticipation and excitement last night over the 2005 Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Awards ceremony, held at New York City’s B.B. King’s Blues Club. Highlights included Hank Jones (pictured) winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dave Holland winning Musician of the Year, Jeremy Pelt winning Up & Coming Musician of the Year, Palmetto winning Record Label of the Year and JazzTimes as Best Periodical Covering Jazz.
The ceremony also included live performances by Nnenna Freelon, Jack DeJohnette, Sy Johnson Octet (performing his specially commissioned 75th birthday suite), Maurice Brown and Bob Reynolds Quartet.
And the winners are…
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Musician of the Year