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Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2014 Award Nominees

Annual honors given to musicians and journalists

Phil Woods
Herbie Hancock
Muhal Richard Abrams

The nominees have been announced for the 2014 Jazz Journalists Association Awards.

Nominees in most categories were chosen by votes of the professional journalist members of the JJA, on the basis of work done in calendar year 2013, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement Awards categories, in which nominations are for a lifetime body of work. Members and others submitted work for consideration in the Photo of the Year and Best Shortform Video of the Year categories; committees of JJA members chose the nominees in those categories from among the submissions.

Winners in musical categories will be announced on the website on April 15. Winners in media categories will be announced at the JJA’s annual media awards party, a ticketed event, on June 11 in New York City at the Blue Note Jazz Club.

Among the nominees for 2014 are four contenders for the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Muhal Richard Abrams, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods and Randy Weston.

Musician of the Year nominees are Craig Taborn, Dave Douglas, Gregory Porter, Matt Wilson, Wadada Leo Smith and Wayne Shorter.

Up and Coming Artist of the Year nominees are Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jonathan Finlayson, Warren Wolf and Matt Mitchell.

This year, for the first time, an award will be given for Electronics Player of the Year.

The full list of nominees, including the photos and videos nominated in their respective categories, as well as the nominees in the jazz journalism categories, can be viewed at JJA Award Nominees.

For further information about the awards or becoming an awards sponsor email [email protected].

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