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20th annual honors for excellence

JJA Jazz Awards nominees named, voting begun

Apr 23rd, 2016 | By

Bucky Pizzarelli, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson and Henry Threadgill  have been nominated for the JJA’s Lifetime LifetimeAchieveGROUP500x100Achievement in Jazz Award, and Ted Gioia, Ted Panken and Will Friedwald for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, topping the ballot for the 20th annual Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.


Ted Gioia

Voting on these finalists by the JJA’s professional members has begun, and will end at midnight, May 1. Winners of Jazz Awards for music will be announced on May 15, and winners of Awards for journalism will be announced at the JJA’s Media Party at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan, 3 pm to 5:30 pm on June 15, where Rio Sakaira, the JJA’s New York City Jazz Hero, will also be presented with her engraved statuette. Tickets for that event can be purchased by clicking the button on this page.


Ted Panken

Honoring excellence in music and its documentation in 41 categories, the JJA’s Jazz Awards finalists nominees present a broad spectrum of talents and activities, including for the first time an Award for “Original Album Art.” Winners of Jazz Awards for music will receive their awards at their’ performances around the U.S. throughout the summer.


Will Friedwald

Sponsors of the Jazz Awards, and also the JJA’s Jazz Heroes initiative, include Motéma, JazzAhead, the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, the New School Jazz program, Mack Avenue, Resonance Records, BMI, Century Media Partners and Jazz Promo Services. The Jazz Foundation of America, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Western Jazz Presenters Network, Monterey Jazz Festival, New York City Jazz Record, ECM Records, The Nash (Tucson), publicists Ann Braithwaite and Scott Thompson, SFJazz, Sunnyside Records, Mosaic Records, MCG Jazz (Pittsburgh), Thirsty Ear Records and Jazzheads Records have also provided support.

For further information on sponsorship of the JJA Jazz Awards and other organizational activities, contact President@JazzJournalists.org.


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