Jazz Journalists Association Announces Nominations

Awards in over 40 categories to be given at event on June 14 at City Winery in NYC

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The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) announced the final nominations for its annual awards, presented in a broad range of categories covering the music as well as those who cover and present the music. The awards will be given out at a special gala event held at City Winery in New York City on the afternoon of June 14, 2010. The event will be emceed by Terrance McKnight of WQXR-FM.

Among the artists nominated for multiple awards are: Darcy James Argue, Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Maria Schneider. A new award this year will be given to “Blog of the Year.” JazzTimes is nominated in two categories: Website of the Year and Periodical of the Year. The organization also recognizes the contributions of jazz advocates and activists with its “A-Team Awards.”

The Jazz Journalists Association is a non-profit member organization of over 300 writers, photographers and broadcasters. The nominations were generated from a voting by 60 members. Voting for the awards is only open to members of the organization via online balloting.

In a press release received at JazzTimes, Howard Mandel, president of the JJA, said: “The finalists for 2010 Jazz Awards reflect the depth of talent and breadth of styles that jazz encompasses today. Highly creative octogenarians such as Roy Haynes, Tony Bennett, Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz, Bill Holman, Frank Wess, Bucky Pizzarelli and producer George Wein are celebrated alongside new-generation musicians like Argue, Iyer, Lehman, composer John Hollenbeck, saxophonist Miguel Zenón, bassists Esperanza Spalding and Linda Oh, singer Gretchen Parlato, banjoist Béla Fleck, flutists Jamie Baum and Nicole Mitchell, clarinetist Evan Christopher, violinist Jenny Scheinman and producer Brice Rosenbloom. This suggests undiminished strength in an art form that’s still less than 100 years old.”

Here is a complete list of the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards Nominations:

1. Lifetime Achievement in Jazz

Muhal Richard Abrams

Jimmy Heath

James Moody

Paul Motian

Wayne Shorter

Randy Weston

2. Musician of the Year

Dave Douglas

Vijay Iyer

Joe Lovano

Sonny Rollins

Henry Threadgill

3. Composer of the Year

Darcy James Argue

John Hollenbeck

Vijay Iyer

Steve Lehman

Maria Schneider

Henry Threadgill

4. Up & Coming Artist of the Year

Darcy James Argue

Gerald Clayton

Darius Jones

Linda Oh

Esperanza Spalding

5. Events Producer of the Year

Todd Barkan, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz

Andre Menard, Montreal Jazz Festival

Brice Rosenbloom, boomBOOM Presents: Winter Jazz Fest, Brooklyn Masonic Temple, (le) Poisson Rouge

George Wein, New Festival Productions LLC: CareFusion Jazz Festival New York, CareFusion Jazz Festival Newport, Newport Folk Festival

6. Record of the Year (CDs issued between March 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010)

Infernal Machines, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, New Amsterdam Records

Historicity, Vijay Iyer Trio, ACT Music

Travail, Transformation and Flow, Steve Lehman Octet, Pi Recordings

Folk Art, Joe Lovano, Blue Note Records

This Brings Us To, Vol. 1, Henry Threadgill Zooid, Pi Recordings

Esta Plena, Miguel Zenón, Marsalis Music

7. Historical Recording, Boxed Set, or Single CD Reissue of the Year (Note: Condensed editions of previously issued boxed sets are ineligible)

The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946), Mosaic Records

Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Ella Fitzgerald, Verve Music Group

Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969, Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note Records

Pieces of Jade, Scott LaFaro, Resonance Records

Saga of the Outlaws, Charles Tyler, Nessa Records

The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions, Denny Zeitlin, Mosaic Records

8. DVD of the Year

21st Century Chase, Fred Anderson, Delmark Records

Extraordinary Life and Music of a Jazz Legend, Svend Asmussen Shanachie

Live in Berlin & Stockholm 1968, Count Basie & His Orchestra, Impro Jazz

Thelonious Monk: American Composer, Medici Arts

Anita O’ Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, AOD Productions/Elan Entertainment

Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, Medici Arts

9. Record Label of the Year

Blue Note Records

Clean Feed Records


Pi Recordings

Sunnyside Records

10. Female Singer of the Year

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Roberta Gambarini

Sheila Jordan

Gretchen Parlato

Cassandra Wilson

11. Male Singer of the Year

Tony Bennett

Andy Bey

Freddy Cole

Kurt Elling

Giacomo Gates

Bill Henderson

12. Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz

Edmar Castaneda, harp

Béla Fleck, banjo

Grégoire Maret, harmonica

Scott Robinson, unusual reeds and brass

Daniel Smith, bassoon

13. Large Ensemble of the Year

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Mingus Big Band

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

14. Arranger of the Year

Darcy James Argue

Carla Bley

John Hollenbeck

Bill Holman

Maria Schneider

15. Small Ensemble of the Year (<10 pieces)
Henry Threadgill Zooid

Joe Lovano Us Five

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Vijay Iyer Trio

Wayne Shorter Quartet

16. Trumpeter of the Year

Terence Blanchard

Dave Douglas

Tom Harrell

Wynton Marsalis

Wadada Leo Smith

17. Trombonist of the Year

Steve Davis

Robin Eubanks

Wycliffe Gordon

Roswell Rudd

Steve Turre

18. Tenor Saxophonist of the Year

Fred Anderson

Joe Lovano

Tony Malaby

Branford Marsalis

Chris Potter

Sonny Rollins

19. Alto Saxophonist of the Year

Ornette Coleman

Lee Konitz

Steve Lehman

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Miguel Zenón

20. Flutist of the Year

Jamie Baum

Holly Hofmann

Nicole Mitchell

Lew Tabackin

Frank Wess

21. Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

Hamiet Bluiett

James Carter

Ronnie Cuber

Claire Daly

Gary Smulyan

22. Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

Jane Bunnett

Dave Liebman

Branford Marsalis

Evan Parker

Wayne Shorter

Steve Wilson

23. Clarinetist of the Year

Don Byron

Evan Christopher

Anat Cohen

Eddie Daniels

Ken Peplowski

24. Guitarist of the Year

Bill Frisell

Jim Hall

Lionel Loueke

Pat Metheny

Bucky Pizzarelli

25. Pianist of the Year

Kenny Barron

Vijay Iyer

Keith Jarrett

Jason Moran

Matthew Shipp

26. Organist of the Year

Joey DeFrancesco

Larry Goldings

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Gary Versace

Sam Yahel

27. Violinist of the Year

Regina Carter

Mark Feldman

Jenny Scheinman

Billy Bang

Mark O’Connor

28. Bassist of the Year (includes Acoustic & Electric)

Ron Carter

Charlie Haden

Dave Holland

Christian McBride

John Patitucci

29. Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year

Jason Adasiewicz

Gary Burton

Stefon Harris

Joe Locke

Steve Nelson

30. Percussionist of the Year

Cyro Baptista

Hamid Drake

Zakir Hussain

Kahil El’Zabar

Bobby Sanabria

Daniel Sadownick

31. Drummer of the Year

Brian Blade

Jack DeJohnette

Roy Haynes

Paul Motian

Jeff “Tain” Watts

Matt Wilson

32. Periodical of the Year

AllAboutJazz-New York


Down Beat


Signal To Noise

33. Website of the Year






34. Blog of the Year

The Gig, Nate Chinen — http://thegig.typepad.com

A Blog Supreme, Patrick Jarenwattananon — http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme

Do The Math blog and webzine, Ethan Iverson, http://thebadplus.typepad.com/dothemath

JazzWax, Marc Myers, http://www.jazzwax.com

Rifftides, Doug Ramsey, http://www.artsjournal.com/rifftides

35. Best Book About Jazz

Jazz, Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux, W.W. Norton

I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren, Temple University Press

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, Robin D.G. Kelley, Free Press

The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957 – 1965, Sam Stephenson

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

36. Best Liner Notes

The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946), by Dan Morgenstern

Classic Artie Shaw Bluebird and Victor Sessions, by John McDonough

37. Photo of the Year–Nominees for Photo of the Year will be announced and displayed after May 1 at www.JJAJazzAwards.com

38. The Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing (Print and/or Online)

David Adler: Leterland (http://blog.adlermusic.com); JazzTimes; Philadelphia Weekly; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Time Out New York; AllAboutJazz-New York

Nate Chinen: The New York Times; JazzTimes

Gary Giddins: JazzTimes, Vintage magazine, The Independent(UK)

Marc Myers, JazzWax.com

Doug Ramsey, www.ArtsJournal.com/Rifftides

Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

39. The Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting

Josh Jackson, Host of “The Checkout,” “Live at the Village Vanguard,” WBGO.org, Newark

Bobby Jackson, Music Director, WCPN, Ideastream, Solace.fm Cleveland

Gary Walker, Music Director, Host of “Morning Jazz,” WBGO.org, Newark

Jim Wilke, Host, “Jazz After Hours” (Hatchcover Productions, Seattle, distributed by Public Radio International)

Linda Yohn, Music Director, weekday morning host, WEMU, Ypsilanti

40. The Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Photography

Alan Nahigian

Mitchell Seidel

Herb Snitzer

41. Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

Stanley Crouch: Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz; The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity; Kansas City Lighting: The Life and Times of Young Charlie Parker; Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979 – 1989; fiction; columnist, New York Daily News; Jazz Times, Village Voice.

Paul deBarros: Seattle Times, Down Beat, co-founder Earshot Jazz, Jackson Street After Hours.

Don Heckman: The International Review of Music(http://iromwordpress.com), Notes from the Left Coast(http://notesfromtheleftcoast.blogspot.com); the Los Angeles Times, Jazz Times; 1960s-’70s: The New York Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, Metronome, the Jazz Review.

Bill Milkowski: Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Pulse Guitar Club (Italy), Jazzthing (Germany), Jazziz, Tower Pulse!, Down Beat, Fi magazine, Good Times (Long Island), Cityside (Milwaukee); Rockers, Jazzbos and Visionaries, Jaco: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Jaco Pastoruis, Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive, radio: overnight dj, WWOZ (“Milkman’s Matinee”).

W. Royal Stokes: Growing Up With Jazz; Living the Jazz Life; The Jazz Scene; Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson; former editor, JJA Jazz Notes and festival reviewer, Jazzhouse.org; Washington Post, Jazz Times, Down Beat; radio host, “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say. . . “, “Since Minton’s”.

For more information about the Jazz Journalists Association and its awards event, go to the organization’s web site.