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JJA Award Nominees Announced

Nominees for the ninth annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, which benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians Emergency Fund and the Jazz Journalists Association’s educational initiatives, have been announced. The awards ceremony will be on June 14 at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City. The JJA will also host a separate West Coast Jazz Awards Party at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles on May 29, which will honor Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Wadada Leo Smith, Charlie Haden and Craig Springer for their contributions to jazz education.

While the jazz awards honor jazz musicians and their supporters, the JJA will honor jazz activists for their humanitarian contributions to the art form; these nominees will be announced at a later date.

Tickets to the JJA Jazz Awards at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill are $50 to JJA members and nominees (after their two complimentary tickets) and $150 to the public. Tickets for the JJA Jazz Awards West Coast are $25 to JJA members, $75 to the public. More information and reservations can be found at

The nominees are:
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz

Roy Haynes

Hank Jones

Lee Konitz

Sam Rivers

Musician of the Year

Dave Douglas

Dave Holland

Joe Lovano

Branford Marsalis

Up & Coming Musician of the Year

Sean Jones

Jeremy Pelt

Madeleine Peyroux

Manuel Valera

Jazz Album of the Year

Don Byron, Ivey Divey (Blue Note)

Branford Marsalis, Eternal (Marsalis Music)

Maria Schneider, Concert in the Garden (Artists Share)

Clark Terry, Porgy & Bess (A440)

Jazz Reissue of the Year, single CD

Duke Ellington, Blues in Orbit (Columbia Legacy)

Coleman Hawkins, Centennial Collection (BMG Bluebird)

Andrew Hill, Dance With Death (Blue Note)

Sam Rivers, Contours (Blue Note)

Jazz Reissue of the Year, boxed set

Albert Ayler, Holy Ghost (Revenant),

Miles Davis, Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1963-1964

(Columbia Legacy)

Dexter Gordon, The Complete Prestige Recordings (Mosaic)

Various, The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions (Verve)

Jazz Record Label of the Year

Blue Note




Jazz Events Producer of the Year

Todd Barkan/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Randall Kline/SFJazz

Patricia Nicholson-Parker/Vision Series

George Wein/Festival Productions

Jazz Composer of the Year

Dave Douglas

Fred Hersch

Dave Holland

Maria Schneider

Jazz Arranger of the Year

Bob Brookmeyer

Slide Hampton

Dave Holland

Maria Schneider

Male Jazz Singer of the Year

Andy Bey

Kurt Elling

Giacomo Gates

Kevin Mahogany

Female Jazz Singer of the Year

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dianne Reeves

Luciana Souza

Cassandra Wilson

Latin Jazz Album of the Year

Charlie Haden, Land of the Sun (Verve)

Jerry Gonzalez, Y Los Piratas del Flamenco (Sunnyside)

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paseo (Blue Note)

Omar Sosa, Mulatos (OTA)

Small Ensemble Group of the Year (octet or smaller)

Bill Charlap Trio

Dave Douglas Quintet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Jason Moran Trio

Bobby Watson & Horizon

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

Dave Holland Big Band

Maria Schneider Big Band

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Trumpeter of the Year

Dave Douglas

Wynton Marsalis

Nicholas Payton

Clark Terry

Trombonist of the Year

Bob Brookmeyer

Robin Eubanks

Wycliffe Gordon

Roswell Rudd

Steve Turre

Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in JazzHoward Johnson, tuba

Gregoire Maret, harmonica

David Murray, bass clarinet

Scott Robinson, various reeds (bass sax, C-melody sax, etc.)

Bob Stewart, tuba

Alto Saxophonist of the Year

Ornette Coleman

Lee Konitz

Greg Osby

Phil Woods

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year

Joe Lovano

Branford Marsalis

Chris Potter

Sonny Rollins

Wayne Shorter

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

Jane Ira Bloom

Dave Liebman

Branford Marsalis

Wayne Shorter

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

Hamiet Bluiett

Ronnie Cuber

Claire Daly

Gary Smulyan

Clarinetist of the Year

Don Byron

Kenny Davern

Marty Ehrlich

Ken Peplowski

Flutist of the Year

Jamie Baum

Jane Bunnett

James Moody

Frank Wess

Pianist of the Year

Kenny Barron

Bill Charlap

Jason Moran

Cecil Taylor

Organ-keyboards of the Year

Joey DeFrancesco

Larry Goldings

Jimmy Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Guitarist of the Year

Bill Frisell

Jim Hall

Russell Malone

Pat Metheny

John Scofield

Acoustic Bassist of the Year

Charlie Haden

Dave Holland

Christian McBride

William Parker

Electric Bassist of the Year

Richard Bona

Bob Cranshaw

Christian McBride

Steve Swallow

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

Billy Bang

Regina Carter

Erik Friedlander

Jenny Scheinman

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

Gary Burton

Stefon Harris

Bobby Hutcherson

Steve Nelson

Percussionist of the Year

Don Alias

Ray Barretto

Kahil El¹Zabar

Giovanni Hidalgo

Poncho Sanchez

Drummer of the Year

Brian Blade

Jack DeJohnette

Winard Harper

Roy Haynes


Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Blumenthal

Francis Davis

Mike Zwerin

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

Eric Jackson (WGBH-FM)

Linda Yohn (WEMU-FM)

Rhonda Hamilton (WBGO-FM)

Bob Perkins (WRTI-FM)

Jim Wilke (PRI/Jazz After Hours)

Ted Panken (WKCR-FM)

Excellence in Photography/the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award

Jimmy Katz

Jack Vartoogian

Alan Nahigian

C. Andrew Hovan

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

Bill Milkowski (JazzTimes, various others)

Ted Panken (Down Beat, Jazziz, Barnes&, New York Daily News)

Mike Zwerin (International Herald Tribune)

Nate Chinen (Philadelphia City Paper, Village Voice, various others)

Ben Ratliff (New York Times)

Best Periodical Covering Jazz


Down Beat


Signal to Noise

Best Website Concentrating on Jazz

Best Book About Jazz

Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter, Michelle Mercer (Tarcher-Penguin)

Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century, Gary Giddins (Oxford University Press)

Living With Jazz, Dan Morgenstern (Oxford University Press)

Jazz and Its Discontents, Francis Davis (Da Capo)

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