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JJA Jazz Award Winners

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) handed out its 2003 Jazz Awards Wednesday night at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City. It was the place to be that night-after all, Joe Piscopo was there. Other famous folk in attendance were Munsters star Al “Grandpa” Lewis and comedian Soupy Sales. To the surprise of many, Stanley Crouch showed up and played a drum solo. But there were performances by real musicians too: Judi Silvano and James Williams saluted pianist Mal Waldron (who died last December) and the audience was also treated to the music of the New Jazz Composers Octet, the David Hazeltine Quartet and the Wallace Roney Quintet, which played with guest saxophonist Gary Bartz.

As far as the actual awards go, a long list follows, but we’ll note here that Cecil Taylor (pictured) was given the Lifetime Achievement award and that Wayne Shorter scored four times with Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Footprints-Live!, Combo of the Year and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year. The awards are based on votes cast by the association’s 400 membership. More info on the awards is available at www.jazzjournalistsawards.com.

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