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JazzTimes Contributors Are Honored at Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards

Lewis Porter, Ashley Kahn, and David Whiteis are among those recognized for outstanding music writing

Lewis Porter
Lewis Porter (photo: Bill May)

Today (Oct. 27) the ASCAP Foundation announced the winners of its 53rd annual Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards, which recognize outstanding print, broadcast, and online coverage of music. Three valued contributors to JazzTimes were honored, one of them for an article that first appeared in the magazine. Lewis Porter received a Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the pop music field for his piece “The United States vs. Billie Holiday vs. the Truth,” which appeared in our September 2021 issue. Ashley Kahn was granted a Special Recognition Award for his 2020 book George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters (Chicago Review Press)And David Whiteis took home a Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Book Award for Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story (University of Illinois Press, 2020), which he co-wrote with soul and blues singer Denise LaSalle.

Other jazz-related winners include Jon Ross, who received a Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award in the pop field for his article “Marion Brown’s Musical Portrait of Georgia,” published in The Bitter Southerner; Deanna Witkowski, who received a Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Book Award for her book Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul (Liturgical Press); and Alan Sukoenig, who received an ASCAP Foundation Paul Williams “Loved the Liner Notes” Award for his notes on the album Retrospect in Retirement of Delay: The Solo Recordings by Hasaan Ibn Ali (Omnivore).

For this year’s award program, books published in 2020 and books, articles, and liner notes published in 2021 were accepted.

Congratulations to all the winners. For more information about the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards, visit their website.