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Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2008 Jazz Award Winners—‘JazzTimes’ Takes Best Periodical

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:


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz

Marian McPartland

Musician of the Year

Herbie Hancock

Up & Coming Musician of the Year

Lionel Loueke

Record of the Year

Sky Blue: Maria Schneider Orchestra (ArtistShare)

Reissue/Historical Release of the Year

Cornell 1964: Charles Mingus Sextet (Blue Note)

Reissue/Historical Box Set of the Year

A Life In Time: The Roy Haynes Story (Dreyfus Jazz)

Record Label of the Year

Blue Note Records

Composer of the Year

Maria Schneider

Arranger of the Year

Maria Schneider

Male Singer of the Year

Andy Bey

Female Singer of the Year

Abbey Lincoln

Latin Jazz Album of the Year

Big Band Urban Folktales: Bobby Sanabria (Jazzheads)

Small Ensemble of the Year

Ornette Coleman Quartet/Quintet

Large Ensemble of the Year

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Trumpeter of the Year

Terence Blanchard

Trombonist of the Year

Wycliffe Gordon

Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz

Scott Robinson, reeds/brass/antiques

Alto Sax Player of the Year

Ornette Coleman

Tenor Sax Player of the Year

Sonny Rollins

Soprano Sax Player of the Year

Jane Ira Bloom

Baritone Sax Player of the Year

James Carter

Clarinetist of the Year

Anat Cohen

Flutist of the Year

Nicole Mitchell

Pianist of the Year

Hank Jones

Organ-Keyboards of the Year

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Guitarist of the Year

Bill Frisell

Bassist of the Year

Christian McBride

Electric Bassist of the Year

Steve Swallow

Strings Player of the Year

Regina Carter

Mallets Player of the Year

Joe Locke

Percussionist of the Year

Candido Camero

Drummer of the Year

Roy Haynes

Events Producer of the Year

Patricia Nicholson-Parker, Arts for Art, RUCMA, Vision Festival

Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug Ramsey, author, biographer, blogger

Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Broadcasting Award

Nancy Wilson, for Jazz Profiles, National Public Radio

Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Feature & Review Writing Award

Nate Chinen, New York Times, JazzTimes

Best Periodical Covering Jazz


Best Website on Jazz

Best Book about Jazz

Playing the Changes: Milt Hinton’s Life in Stories and Photographs, by Milt Hinton, David G. Berger and Holly Maxson (Vanderbilt University Press)

Lona Foote-Bob Parent Photography Award

Milt Hinton (1910-2000)

Jazz Photo of the Year

“Time Stood Still for Andrew Hill,” by Laurence Donohue-Greene (

The Jazz Journalists Association 2008 Award for the

‘A Team’ Activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz

Dr. Valerie Capers, pianist, composer, emeritus chair of City University of New York Department of Music and Art at Bronx Community College

Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Lauren Deutsch, photographer and executive director of the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Susan Muscarella, pianist-composer-arranger-educator, founder of JazzSchool (Berkeley)

Phil Nimmons, clarinetist, improviser, father of Canadian jazz education

George Russell, conceptualist, composer, orchestra leader, educator (New England Conservatory)

Dick Wang, musician, educator (Univ. of Illinois-Chicago), mentor, historian, archivist, co-founder, past president and current board member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Dr. Herb Wong, founder of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance and Berkeley public school jazz programs, broadcaster, record producer and annotator, past-president of the International Association of Jazz Educators, spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival

Wendy Oxenhorn, executive director of the Jazz Foundation of America, founder of Street News, blues harmonica player

For further information about the Jazz Awards and Jazz Journalists Association, visit

Maria Schneider photo by Jeff Tamarkin

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