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Jazz Journalists Association Announces “Jazz Heroes”

Organization honors 24 who’ve supported the music

Jim Wilke and Jazz Journalists Association's Howard Mandel at JJA awards in NYC
Cephas Bowles, WBGO President and CEO

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced its 2014 “Jazz Heroes,” two dozen individuals who, according to a press release, are “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz.” The honorees were chosen by the JJA in collaboration with grass roots supporters in 21 U.S. cities and Toronto. The announcement coincides with the launch of JazzApril, a media campaign celebrating local scenes during Jazz Appreciation Month, which culminates in International Jazz Day.

According to the press release, “The 2014 Jazz Heroes include music educators, festival producers, venue operators and presenters, broadcasters and journalists, a municipal cultural administrator, an instrument repair angel, and musicians who have been mentors to up ‘n’ coming musicians as well as audiences.”

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