The Jazz Journalists Association held its sixth annual Jazz Awards event on Wednesday, June 19 at The Jazz Standard (116 E. 27th Street, New York City), with upwards of 300 musicians, journalists, photographers, broadcasters, news media professionals, and industry executives from Europe and North America in attendance. The capacity audience was treated to celebrated actor Avery Brooks and longtime comedian and jazz funnyman Soupy Sales as Master of Ceremonies, and guest appearances from Marian McPartland, Dr. Billy Taylor, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Charlap, Dave Douglas, Chano Domingues, Eddie Bert, Gary Giddins and Roy Haynes, among others. Pianist Roberta Piket's trio with bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Billy Hart, and bassist Ben Allison's Quintet (Michael Blake, saxes; Mamoudou Dibate, kora; Frank Kimbrough, piano; Michael Sarin, drums) performed full sets.
Clark Terry © 2002 Skip Bolen
Based on votes cast by members of the 400 strong JJA international membership, and presented at a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America, the awards -- handsome 6 1/2 inch obelisks, individually inscribed and with a floating acetate of the JJA's logo -- were given in 40 categories, which included Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, Musician of the Year, and Jazz Film/Video of the Year. Along with the JJA, the JFA presented Discretionary Awards to veteran jazz producer George Avakian, Dr. John Minichetti and Dr. David Feldman, both of whom are associated with Englewood Hospital, New Jersey.
Presenters included: journalists Ashley Kahn, Willard Jenkins, Bill Milkowski, T. Brooks Shepard, Ken Dryden, Patricia Willard, Ted Panken, Chuck Obuchowski, Martin
Johnson, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Larry Blumenfeld, Phil Elwood, Ira Gitler, Lara Pellegrinelli, Dan Ouellette; Howard Mandel, JJA president; Wendy Oxenhorn, Jazz Foundation of America executive director; Thomas Bellino, Chamber Music America; Frank J. Oteri, American Music Center; Chuck Iwanusa, Jazz Alliance International; Marian MacPartland, pianist; Danny Meyer, proprietor, Jazz Standard; Claire Daly, baritone saxophonist; Lorraine Gordon, Village Vanguard proprietor; Jeff Kliman, photographer; Suzan Jenkins, jazz industry veteran; Jeff Levenson, jazz industry veteran; Bill Gottlieb, photographer; Martin Mueller, director, New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program; Dan Morgenstern, Institute of Jazz Studies and Lauren Deutsch, executive director, Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Among the financial supporters of the Jazz Awards 2002 were Columbia Records, ECM, Warner Bros. Records, Palmetto Records, Justin Time Records, Jazz@Lincoln Center, Tower Records, and Watson-Guptil Publishers (Billboard Books).
Further information about the Jazz Awards, the Jazz Journalists Association and the Jazz Foundation of America is available on the websites www.JazzJournalistsAwards.com and www.JazzFoundation.org. A gallery show of the submissions for Jazz Photo of the Year is posted on www.Jazzhouse.org.
A benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund, the Jazz Awards also honored three "Discretionary Awards Winners" who have provided unusual service to the jazz community and industry. These are:
Dr. John Minichetti, specialist in dentistry
Dr. David Feldman, specialist in joint replacements
George Avakian, veteran jazz album producer
These winners and the Jazz Journalists of the Year also received art posters from the French jazz photo agency Mephisto, which has recently joined the JJA.
Charlie Haden, Nocturne (Verve)
Billie Holiday, Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia, 1933-1944 (Columbia Legacy)
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz De
|Henry Threadgill © 1998 Enid Farber|
Norah Jones, Come Away With Me (Blue Note)
Omar Sosa, Sentir (Otá Records)
Trio Da Paz, Partido Out (Malandro)
Howard Johnson, tuba
|Steve Swallow © 1992 Enid Farber|
A New History Of Jazz, Alyn Shipton, Continuum
Enid Farber -- Claire on the Stairs