Maria Schneider Tops Jazz Journalists Association Awards

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The Jazz Journalists Association presented its ninth annual jazz awards at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York this week.

The winners included pianist Hank Jones, who was honored for his lifetime achievements, and bassist Dave Holland, who won the musician of the year award. Bandleader Maria Schneider was the evening's biggest winner, taking home the awards for jazz arranger of the year, jazz composer of the year, large ensemble of the year, and jazz album of the year for her Concert in the Garden.

Schneider released Concert in the Garden, which also won a Grammy, exclusively through her web site, in an unprecedented move for a major artist.

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt won the prize for up and coming musician of the year. Andy Bey won for male singer of the year; Luciana Souza was named female singer of the year. The Jason Moran Trio won small ensemble group of the year.

The awards were voted by 480 members of the JJA. Performers at the awards ceremony, a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund and the JJA's education program, included drummer Jack DeJohnette and singer Nnenna Frelon.

A complete list of nominees is below; winners are in bold.

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Roy Haynes
Hank Jones
Lee Konitz
Sam Rivers

Musician of the Year
Dave Douglas
Dave Holland
Joe Lovano
Branford Marsalis

Up and Coming Musician of the Year
Sean Jones
Jeremy Pelt
Madeleine Peyroux
Manuel Valera

Jazz Album of the Year
Don Byron, Ivey Divey (Blue Note)
Branford Marsalis, Eternal (Marsalis Music)
Maria Schneider, Concert in the Garden (Artists Share)
Clark Terry, Porgy & Bess (A440)

Jazz Reissue of the Year, single CD
Duke Ellington, Blues in Orbit (Columbia Legacy)
Coleman Hawkins, Centennial Collection (BMG Bluebird)
Andrew Hill, Dance With Death (Blue Note)
Sam Rivers, Contours (Blue Note)

Jazz Reissue of the Year, boxed set
Albert Ayler, Holy Ghost (Revenant)
Miles Davis, Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1963-1964 (Columbia Legacy)
Dexter Gordon, The Complete Prestige Recordings (Mosaic)
Various, The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions (Verve)

Jazz Record Label of the Year
Blue Note

Jazz Events Producer of the Year
Todd Barkan/Jazz at Lincoln Center
Randall Kline/SFJazz
Patricia Nicholson-Parker/Vision Series
George Wein/Festival Productions

Jazz Composer of the Year
Dave Douglas
Fred Hersch
Dave Holland
Maria Schneider

Jazz Arranger of the Year
Bob Brookmeyer
Slide Hampton
Dave Holland
Maria Schneider

Male Jazz Singer of the Year
Andy Bey
Kurt Elling
Giacomo Gates
Kevin Mahogany

Female Jazz Singer of the Year
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dianne Reeves
Luciana Souza
Cassandra Wilson

Latin Jazz Album of the Year
Charlie Haden, Land of the Sun (Verve)
Jerry Gonzalez, Y Los Piratas del Flamenco (Sunnyside)
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paseo (Blue Note)
Omar Sosa, Mulatos (OTA)

Small Ensemble Group of the Year (octet or smaller)
Bill Charlap Trio
Dave Douglas Quintet
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Jason Moran Trio
Bobby Watson & Horizon

Large Ensemble of the Year (nonet or larger, including big bands, jazz orchestras, contemporary symphonies, et. al.)
Dave Holland Big Band
Maria Schneider Big Band
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Trumpeter of the Year
Dave Douglas
Wynton Marsalis
Nicholas Payton
Clark Terry

Trombonist of the Year
Bob Brookmeyer
Robin Eubanks
Wycliffe Gordon
Roswell Rudd
Steve Turre

Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in Jazz
Howard Johnson, tuba
Gregoire Maret, harmonica
David Murray, bass clarinet
Scott Robinson, various reeds (bass sax, C-melody sax, etc.)
Bob Stewart, tuba

Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Ornette Coleman
Lee Konitz
Greg Osby
Phil Woods

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Joe Lovano
Branford Marsalis
Chris Potter
Sonny Rollins
Wayne Shorter

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
Jane Ira Bloom
Dave Liebman
Branford Marsalis
Wayne Shorter

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Hamiet Bluiett
Ronnie Cuber
Claire Daly
Gary Smulyan

Clarinetist of the Year
Don Byron
Kenny Davern
Marty Ehrlich
Ken Peplowski

Flutist of the Year
Jamie Baum
Jane Bunnett
James Moody
Frank Wess

Pianist of the Year
Kenny Barron
Bill Charlap
Jason Moran
Cecil Taylor

Organ/Keyboards of the Year
Joey DeFrancesco
Larry Goldings
Jimmy Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Guitarist of the Year
Bill Frisell
Jim Hall
Russell Malone
Pat Metheny
John Scofield

Acoustic Bassist of the Year
Charlie Haden
Dave Holland
Christian McBride
William Parker

Electric Bassist of the Year
Richard Bona
Bob Cranshaw
Christian McBride
Steve Swallow

Strings Player of the Year
Billy Bang
Regina Carter
Erik Friedlander
Jenny Scheinman

Mallets Player of the Year
Gary Burton
Stefon Harris
Bobby Hutcherson
Steve Nelson

Percussionist of the Year
Don Alias
Ray Barretto
Kahil El'Zabar
Giovanni Hidalgo
Poncho Sanchez

Drummer of the Year
Brian Blade
Jack DeJohnette
Winard Harper
Roy Haynes


Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award
Bob Blumenthal
Francis Davis
Mike Zwerin

Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting/the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award
Eric Jackson (WGBH-FM)
Linda Yohn (WEMU-FM)
Rhonda Hamilton (WBGO-FM)
Bob Perkins (WRTI-FM)
Jim Wilke (PRI/Jazz After Hours)
Ted Panken (WKCR-FM)

Excellence in Photography/the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award
Jimmy Katz
Jack Vartoogian
Alan Nahigian
C. Andrew Hovan

Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing/the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award
Bill Milkowski (JazzTimes, various others)
Ted Panken (Down Beat, Jazziz, Barnes&, New York Daily News)
Mike Zwerin (International Herald Tribune)
Nate Chinen (Philadelphia City Paper, Village Voice, various others)
Ben Ratliff (New York Times)

Best Periodical Covering Jazz
Down Beat
Signal to Noise

Best Website Concentrating on Jazz

Best Book About Jazz
Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter, Michelle Mercer (Tarcher-Penguin)
Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century, Gary Giddins (Oxford University Press)
Living With Jazz, Dan Morgenstern (Oxford University Press)
Jazz and Its Discontents, Francis Davis (Da Capo)

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