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A banquet celebrating 21st annual Jazz Awards

May 14th, 2017 | By

The JJA’s 21st annual Jazz Awards is the occasion of the organization’s festive banquet on June 6 (2017) at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 East Broadway, NYC, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. A ticketed event, reservations can be made here (no walkups will be admitted).

Ted Gioia, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree

Winners of 2017 Jazz Awards in 41 categories of excellence in music and music journalism were announced on May 15; all winners and nominees can be viewed at www.JJAJazzAwards.org.

Musician of the Year Wadada Leo Smith, Female Vocalist of the Year Rene Marie and Baritone Saxophonist of the Year Claire Daly are expected to attend, as is Ted Gioia, the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, and other winners of awards for excellence in media including writer Ashley Kahn, photographer Frank Stewart, broadcaster Mark Ruffin and David Cowles, who drew the illustration for Bill Charlap’s New York Stories, honored as Best Original Album Art. Manolo Nebot Rochera, whose photo of Cecile McLorin Salvant was adjudged Photo of the Year, sent regrets from his home in Spain, with a few words copied below.

Representatives from Resonance Records (winner for Record Label of the Year), Motéma Music (label of René Marie and several other musician winners) and Jazz at Lincoln Center have made reservations.

René Marie, Female Vocalist of the Year, at the 2016 Jazz Awards party, photo by Janis Wilkins

Michael Lazaroff of Entertainment Cruise Productions, the banquet sponsor, has been asked to present the “toast to all the nominees.”ECP has offered JJA members a unique opportunity to win an ocean-view stateroom on either Blue Note at Sea or the Jazz Cruise, shipping from Fort Lauderdale in late January/early February 2018. JJA members can register for the free ticket-for-two here. Winner of the drawing for the cruise will be announced June 27.

Robbin Ahrold of Century Media Partners, will attend the Jazz Awards banquet early, then scoot off to the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop concert, directed by Ted Nash — named Composer of the Year in the JJA 2017 Jazz Awards.

Manolo Nebot Rochera wrote:

It is an honor to me that my photograph of Cécile McLorin, taken 
in Peñíscola in 2016, has been chosen as the Jazz Photo of the Year
for the JJA.
It is a recognition that encourages me to continue with this work which,
at the same time, is my passion, jazz and photography together. 

Photo of the Year: Cecile McLorin Salvant, by Manolo Nebot Rochera

The image gathers the interpretive
force of McLorin and also shows much
of my way of "seeing" the Jazz. 
Thank you all for making my work reach 
more people around the world.
Thank you very much again.     


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