July 13th 2009 11:01 am
Copyright © 2009 Howard Mandel
Lee Konitz, recipient of the JJA’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award wrote on July 2:
I want to thank you and your Jazz Journalists Colleagues for your acknowledgment of my life’s work. A great honor, to be sure.
My really greatest achievement is still being around to say thanks!! I’m playing more than ever — the travel is difficult (for everyone) but that’s what we’re paid for, after all.
I intend to continue playing nice, spontaneous variations on nice songs as long as possible. So, many heartfelt thanks.
Roswell Rudd, named Trombonist of the Year by the JJA, wrote on June 26:
The special folks who have been able to experience
music performance and write about it in such a way that it continues the sound
(from sublingual to lingual)
I’ve always admired this
And you support us in so many ways
The annual awards get together is just one other
It’s great to see yourself and others who are skilled this way
You’re players too!
Many thanks for your work
Good health and happy landings