Jazz Awards 2000 Winners
Jazz Awards 2000 Winners
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The Jazz Journalists Association has announced winners of the Jazz Awards 2000 at a cocktail party Sunday, June 25, 2 - 4 p.m., in the main space of the Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St., NYC NY). [Winners also available in Russian!]

Honoring jazz musicians and jazz journalists for the fourth year in a row, the JJA's Jazz Awards represent a two-ballot process, wherein the approximately 300 members of the Association (writers, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals) are polled first for nominees, and secondly for winners, this year in 37 categories reflecting excellence and accomplishment in the 12 months May 1, 1999 to May 1, 2000.

In 1998 and 1999 the JJA was partnered in this initiative by KnitMedia, which produced two Jazz Awards shows for cybercast and broadcast (last year) on BETonJazz. The JJA is the sole presenter of the Jazz Awards 2000. Nominees for the awards are here.

Dave Holland - winner in 3 categories

Hi folks -- everybody (about 60 of us?) seemed to have a good time at the Jazz Awards 2000 party held by the Jazz Journalists Association at the Knitting Factory this afternoon (2 - 4). We had an open bar and generous banquet platters courtesy of the KnitMedia. Among the JJA members present who deigned to present awards (elegant, understated standing plexiglass trapezoids, engraved with winners' names) were (in no particular order and as best I can remember, rather exhausted):

Art Lange, AJ Smith, Dan Kassell, Lynda Bramble, Enid Farber, Paul Blair, Ted Panken, Drew Wheeler, Steve Smith (new member), Larry Blumenfeld, Russ Dantzler and Sharony Andrews Green. Other presenters were Joe Petrucelli, Kitty Brazelton and Rosie Mandel; other JJA members in attendance were Steve Graybow, Don Heckman, Bob Margolis (new member), Martin Patmos (new member), R. Andrew Lepley . . . I know I'm leaving several out.

Michelle Mercer was a great help throwing this party; Neil Tesser was incredible in designing and following through on the manufacture and timely delivery of the awards. Many thanks to Lynn Kalbacher and Mitchell Seidel of Hot House magazine for the programs, to Alexis and Larry for heroic work running the bar and the entire club (respectively), and overall to KnitMedia's Michael Dorf, for hosting us. Also to those JJA members who have anonymously supported the awards with voluntary contributions -- this is the "gang in the green room."

Some of the winners who were there to pick up their awards: Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Russell Malone, Sy Johnson (chief arranger for the Mingus Big Band; Sue Mingus came after getting stuck in traffic), Eric Wynne (of JazzTimes) and Steve Lacy (I myself got lucky and picked up two; Whit Blauvelt, webmaster of the JJA's www.Jazzhouse.org accepted the Best Website award for all of us. Some of the other musicians who attended: Clare Daley, Roswell Rudd, Gregg Bendian, Andy Middleton, Roberta Piket, Kendra Shank, Randy Johnston, Terence Blachard, Marty Ehrlich . . .

Thanks to everybody for coming, and for the general support for this awards initiative. Please use whatever resources you have to further news of the celebration of these musicians, journalists, entrepreneurs and all the others keeping jazz alive.

The following are winners in
29 musician and 8 jazz categories of the
Jazz Awards 2000

  1. Lifetime Achievement
    Ornette Coleman

  2. Musician of the Year
    Dave Holland

  3. Album of the Year
    Prime Directive
    Dave Holland Quintet

  4. Record Producer of the Year
    Michael Cuscuna

  5. Tribute Album
    Traveling Miles
    Cassandra Wilson
    Blue Note

  6. Reissue of the Year
    The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955 - 1961
    Miles Davis and John Coltrane
    Columbia Legacy

  7. Events Producer (individual, business or organization, profit or not-for profit, of concerts, club engagements, or tours)
    Michael Dorf

  8. Finest live performances
    Dave Holland Quintet
  1. Composer
    Andrew Hill

  2. Male Singer
    Kurt Elling

  3. Female Singer
    Shirley Horn

  4. Recording Debut
    Soundtrack to Human Motion
    Jason Moran
    Blue Note Records

  5. Latin Jazz Albums
    Briyumba Palo Congo and Live at the Village Vanguard
    Chucho Valdes
    Blue Note Records

  6. Small Ensemble
    Chick Corea and Origin

  7. Large Ensemble
    Mingus Big Band

  8. Trumpeter
    Dave Douglas

  9. Trombonist
    Wycliffe Gordon

  10. Brass
    Howard Johnson

  1. Alto Sax
    Greg Osby

  2. Tenor Sax
    Joe Lovano

  3. Winds and Reeds
    Steve Lacy

  4. Pianist of the Year
    Kenny Barron

  5. Keyboards
    Larry Goldings

  6. Guitarist
    Russell Malone

  7. Bassist of the Year
    Dave Holland

  8. Plucked and bowed strings
    Regina Carter

  9. Marimba/vibist
    Stefon Harris

  10. Percussion Master
    Tito Puente

  11. Drummer
    Roy Haynes


  1. Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement
    Nat Hentoff

  2. Excellence in Broadcast
    Phil Schaap

  3. Excellence in Photography
    Herman Leonard

  1. Excellence in Writing
    Howard Mandel

  2. Best Film-Video of the Year
    Jazz Casuals
    Ralph Gleason

  3. Best Periodical
    Jazz Times

  1. Best Jazz Website
    Whit Blauvelt, webmaster

  2. Best Book
    Future Jazz
    Howard Mandel
    Oxford University Press

These awards result from pluralities in numerical tabulations from 90 ballots by members of the JJA. A listing of the nominees (five in most categories) is here.

I hope you're very well -- please share this news! Thanks -- Howard Mandel

C o m m e n t s

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June 28, 00

Dear Howard,

My congratulations! Your book is really a treasure and it's worth even more than JJA awards. We jazz journalists here in Russia were eager to find out who wins. All winners are great. All the jazziest to everybody!

Best regards, Cyril mailto:moshkow@jazz.ru

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