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2005 JJA Award Winners Announced

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

Hank Jones

Musician of the Year

Dave Holland

Up & Coming Musician of the Year

Jeremy Pelt

Jazz Album of the Year

Maria Schneider, Concert in the Garden (Artists Share)

Jazz Reissue of the Year, single CD

Coleman Hawkins, Centennial Collection (BMG Bluebird)

Jazz Reissue of the Year, boxed set

Albert Ayler, Holy Ghost (Revenant),

Jazz Record Label of the Year


Jazz Events Producer of the Year

Todd Barkan/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Composer of the Year

Maria Schneider

Jazz Arranger of the Year

Maria Schneider

Male Jazz Singer of the Year

Andy Bey

Female Jazz Singer of the Year

Luciana Souza

Latin Jazz Album of the Year

Jerry Gonzalez, Y Los Piratas del Flamenco (Sunnyside)

Small Ensemble Group of the Year (octet or smaller)

Jason Moran Trio

Large Ensemble of the Year (nonet or larger, including big bands, jazz orchestras, contemporary symphonies, et. al.)

Maria Schneider Big Band

Trumpeter of the Year

Clark Terry

Trombonist of the Year

Roswell Rudd

Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in Jazz

Gregoire Maret, harmonica

Alto Saxophonist of the Year

Phil Woods

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year

Joe Lovano

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

Wayne Shorter

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

Claire Daly

Clarinetist of the Year

Don Byron

Flutist of the Year

Frank Wess

Pianist of the Year

Jason Moran

Organ-keyboards of the Year

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Guitarist of the Year

Jim Hall

Acoustic Bassist of the Year

Dave Holland

Electric Bassist of the Year

Steve Swallow

Strings Player of the Year (violin, cello, kora, harp, etc.)

Regina Carter

Mallets Player of the Year (vibes, marimba, etc.)

Stefon Harris

Percussionist of the Year

Kahil El’Zabar

Drummer of the Year

Roy Haynes


Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Blumenthal

Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting/the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award

Rhonda Hamilton (WBGO-FM)

Excellence in Photography/the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award

Jack Vartoogian

Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing/the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award

Ben Ratliff (New York Times)

Best Periodical Covering Jazz


Best Website Concentrating on Jazz

Best Book About Jazz

Living With Jazz, Dan Morgenstern (Oxford University Press)

Best Photo of the Year

“Henry Grimes, Sepia” John Abbott

“A Team” Award for Advocates, Activists, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz

Dr. Mark Brenner, Podiatric Specialist to the Jazz Stars

Douglas Duchak, President of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Friend to Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund

Bank One, Founding Collaborator in the Chicago Jazz Partnership

The Boeing Company, Founding Collaborator in the Chicago Jazz Partnership

Chicago Community Trust, Founding Collaborator in the Chicago Jazz Partnership

Kraft Foods, Inc, Founding Collaborator in the Chicago Jazz Partnership

Jimmy Heath

Percy Heath

Albert “Tootie” Heath

Martin Mueller, Executive Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at New School University

Lauren Roberts, Director of Administration for the Jazz Foundation of America

A.B. Spellman, Author, Poet and Arts Administrator

A list of the nominees can be found at “JJA Award Nominees Announced.”

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