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JazzWeek Award Winners Announced

For radio station program directors, record label representatives and jazz artists, the JazzWeek Awards are a big deal-recognition of the cream of the crop in performance, promotion, marketing and artist relations. On June 17, all 14 categories of the awards were presented at the fifth annual JazzWeek Summit in Rochester, N.Y.

KUVO, Denver’s premier jazz radio station, walked away with two awards, “Station of the Year, Major Market” and “Programmer of the Year, Major Market.” WWOZ, New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage station, won “Station of the Year, Medium Market” and KANU, a public radio station from the University of Kansas, won “Station of the Year, Small Market.”

Record companies were also recognized at the event, as Concord Records won “Major Label of the Year” and Palmetto Records won “Independent Label of the Year.”

Finally, the musicians were also acknowledged for their achievements over the past year. “Vocalist of the Year” went to Kurt Elling (pictured)-who also recently won the “Male Jazz Singer of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association-and “Instrumentalist of the Year” went to saxophonist Chris Potter. The Jaco Pastorius Big Band won “Record of the Year” for The Word is Out, a collection of previously unreleased compositions.

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