Jazz Journalists Association Announces Winners of Annual Awards

Vijay Iyer named Musician of the Year and Joe Lovano wins 3 awards

Jim Wilke and Jazz Journalists Association's Howard Mandel at JJA awards in NYC
Jimmy Heath and Mark Morganelli at JJA awards in NYC
Joe Lovano and Daniel Smith at JJA awards in NYC
Elzy Kolb, Al Pryor, Lois Gilbert and Willard Jenkins at JJA awards in NYC
Rafi Zabor and Sue Mingus at JJA awards in NYC
Nate Chinen at the Jazz Journalists Association Awards in NYC
Richard Seidel at JJA awards in NYC
Francis Davis at JJA awards in NYC
Gary Giddins at JJA awards in NYC
Rudresh Mahanthappa at JJA awards in NYC
Darcy James Argue and Rudresh Mahanthappa at JJA awards in NYC
Stefon Harris at JJA awards in NYC
Daniel Smith and Bill Milkowski at JJA Awards in NYC
Tia Fuller performing at JJA awards in NYC

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On Monday, June 14 at the City Winery in New York City, the Jazz Journalists Associations gave out its annual awards for excellence in both music and journalism. Vijay Iyer was named Musician of the Year and James Moody, who is recuperating from surgery, was given the award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. Joe Lovano won three awards, for Best Record, Best Small Group and Best Tenor Saxophonist, while both Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue won two each.

JazzTimes managing editor Evan Haga accepted the Best Periodical award on behalf of the magazine and its staff. JazzTimes won in that category for the 10th year in a row and several of its contributors, past and present, won this year in other categories, including Nate Chinen (Review and Feature Writing), Don Heckman (Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism), Mitchell Seidel (Photography), Dan Morgenstern (Best Liner Notes) and Doug Ramsey (Blog of the Year).

Here is the complete list of nominees, with the winners in bold:

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 Zenon, 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

Bela Fleck, banjo

Gregoire 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

(less than 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 Zenon

20. Flutist of the Year

Jamie Baum

Holly Hoffman
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

A Blog Supreme, Patrick Jarenwattananon

Do The Math blog and webzine, Ethan Iverson

JazzWax, Marc Myers
Rifftides, Doug Ramsey

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
Tom Harrell at the Moscow International Performance Arts Center by Lena Adasheva

38. The Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing

(Print and/or Online)

David Adler: Lerterland; 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, 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-FM, Ypsilanti

40. The Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Photography

Alan Nahigian: Down Beat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, AllAboutJazz, New York Times, Village Voice, Musica Jazz, jazz festival program books, album covers

Mitchell Seidel: Hot House, JazzTimes, Down Beat, Jazz Journal International, Swing Journal, Musica Jazz; album covers.

Herb Snitzer: Jazz — A Visual Journey, Herb Snitzer: Photographs from the Last Years of Metronome; photography editor, associate editor Metronome; Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Time, New York Times, Herald Tribune.

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; JazzTimes, Village Voice, liner notes.

Paul deBarros: Seattle Times; newspapers in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver; Down Beat, Signal To Noise, Coda, JazzTimes; radio: NPR “Jazz Riffs”; co-founder Earshot Jazz; co-leader, JJA “Who Asked You Anyway?” critics clinics; Jackson Street After Hours, liner notes.

Don Heckman: The International Review of Music, Notes from the Left Coast; the Los Angeles Times, JazzTimes; The New York Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, Metronome, the Jazz Review, liner notes.

Bill Milkowski: JazzTimes, 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 Pastorius, Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive, overnight dj, WWOZ (“Milkman’s Matinee”), liner notes.

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, JazzTimes, Down Beat; radio host, “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say…”, “Since Minton’s”, liner notes.