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Jazz Journalists Association Awards Announce Winners

On Thursday, June 14, members of the Jazz Journalists Association met at Birdland in New York City to present their annual awards to members of the jazz community who continue to service the livelihood of jazz music. Awards range from “Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” (John Lewis), to “Reissue of the Year” (Louis Armstrong, The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Columbia Legacy), and include journalistic categories such as “Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award” (Dan Morgenstern) and “Excellence in Photography” (Chuck Stewart).

Joe Lovano took home top honors as “Musician of the Year,” and his album 52nd Street Themes (Blue Note) was voted “Album of the Year.” Other musicians honored include Jane Monheit (pictured left), whose Never Never Land (N-Coded Music) has made waves as “Recording Debut of the Year,” and Sonny Rollins was named “Tenor Saxophonist of the Year.”

Despite all the controversy, or perhaps because of it, Ken Burns’ Jazz was given the nod as “Best Film/Video Regarding Jazz of the Year.”

And for the second year in a row, JazzTimes was named “Best

Periodical Covering Jazz.”

For a complete list of categories and winners, log on to the Jazz Journalists Association Web site,

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