The Jazz Journalists Association yesterday announced the winners of the 2008 Jazz Awards, the non-profit professional organization’s 12th annual celebration of excellence in jazz and jazz journalism, and induction of an “A Team” of activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz. The Jazz Awards are engraved statuettes, handed to attending recipients by jazz journalists and their supporters at a barbeque and beer lunch at the New York club the Jazz Standard.
Maria Schneider (pictured, at awards ceremony), whose Sky Blue was a critics’ favorite last year, took home the most awards, four, including Record of the Year. Marian McPartland was given a JJA’s Lifetime Achievement award. Among the other winners was JazzTimes, winning in the category of Best Periodical Covering Jazz.
Attendees were also treated to a three-song mini-set by saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Hank Jones, who won for Pianist of the Year.
The full list of winners follows:
JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION JAZZ AWARDS 2008
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Musician of the Year