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ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards honor music coverage

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

New York, NY — Jazz journalists Nat Hentoff and Will Friedwald, Down Beat associate editor Aaron Cohen and biographer/collaborator David Ritz are among the winners of the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for print, broadcast and new media coverage of music, as announced on September 28, 2011.

Friedwald, left; Ritz (left)and Cohen; Hentoff

were established in 1967 in memory of Deems Taylor a distinguished composer, critic, commentator and six-year President of ASCAP, who died in 1966. Recipients of 2011 honors will be celebrated at an invitation-only ceremony and reception on at ASCAP’s New York offices on Tuesday, November 15. All recipients are listed below:

Radio Broadcast Awards for outstanding music coverage: to National Public Radio’s “Weekend All Things Considered,” hosted by Guy Raz, produced by Phil Harrell.

Television Broadcast Award, to “Still Bill,” a documentary about singer-songwriter Bill Withers, a Late Night & Weekends production directed by Alex Vlack and Damani Baker, aired on Showtime.

The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field, to Professor R. Larry Todd for Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn (Oxford University Press).

The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop music field: Will Friedwald for A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers (Free Press).

The Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicology Book to Professor James Loeffner for Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire (Yale University Press).

Other book awards:

to Dean Katherine Bergeron for Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Époque (Oxford University Press).

to Charlotte Greenspan for Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical (Oxford University Press).

to Nat Hentoff for At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene (University of California Press).

to Christine Lavin for Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-Wha? (Tell Me Press).

to Renée Levine Packer for This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo (Oxford University Press).

to Alex Ross for Listen to This (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Awards to journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and liner notes:

to Professor Daphne Brooks for liner notes to Tammi Terrell: Come On and See Me (Motown/Hip-O Select.com/Universal Music Enterprises).

to Aaron Cohen for the article, “Ray’s Kind Of Jazz” (Downbeat).

to Paul Griffiths for program notes, “Composer Portraits – Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music,” “Early Music: The Art of the Canon” and “William Schuman Award Concert honoring Pauline Oliveros” (Miller Theater at Columbia University).

to Judith Kogan for the article, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Scanner (Chamber Music America magazine).

to Professor Theodore Levin for liner notes to Music of Central Asia, Vols. 7, 8, 9 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

to David Ritz for liner notes for Nat King Cole & Friends: Riffin’ (Verve/Hip-O Select.com/Universal Music Enterprises)

to Professor George Shirley for his article, “Music Education in Detroit’s Public Schools: The Struggle to Survive,” (NewMusicBox.com)

to David Thorpe for his “The Big Hurt” articles, “What would Jesus download? Who charted? Billboard’s Top Christian Songs edition” and “Deluxe buyer’s guide. The word on seasonal box sets,” (The Boston Phoenix).

Paul Moravec, Curtis Hughes, Eleonor Sandresky, Richard Miller, Julie Flanders, David Massengill, Matthew Shipp, Pat Irwin and John Wesley Harding were members of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Judging Panel for 2011.

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