[jja-announce] Jazz Awards voting and reservations

Jazzmandel@aol.com Jazzmandel@aol.com
Fri, 4 Apr 2003 09:47:58 EST

Hi, Members -- 

The finalists ballot for the Jazz Journalists Association's 7th annual Jazz 
Awards is now posted for voting at Jazzhouse. We will accept votes until 
April 30. Members ONLY may vote, and vote ONCE! There is also a gallery of 
nominees for Jazz Photo of the Year, which you are asked to look at and vote 
for online. 

We've changed the ticket structure for the Awards event this year. Jazz Award 
finalists receive two tickets to the supper party at B.B. King's on Tuesday, 
June 17 (4 to 7 p.m) for free, and may buy up to five more for $20. JJA 
members may buy up to 5 tickets for $20. Tickets for the general public and 
industry supporters cost $75. Tickets purchase entry to the event, a 5 course 
supper, two drinks, and a party favors bag. 

This event is a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians 
Emergency Fund, so the bucks go to an important cause, besides helping the 
JJA defray expenses (we are still searching for major sponsorship for this 
event -- any ideas? Contact Suzan Jenkins, muzikmusette@aol.com -- and 
selling ad space in the program book -- for that, contact 
jpetrucelli1@hotmail.com). We are currently working on obtaining the JJA its 
long-sought not-for-profit status, and if we can get that before the event, 
your tickets and/or ad purchases may be tax deductable. 

Reservations by nominees and JJA members MUST be made either via secure 
server at www.JazzJournalistsAwards.com (a site set up by Jazzcorner.com), or 
by note and payment by check made out to the Jazz Journalists Association, 
sent to our treasurer Arnold Jay Smith, 436 State St., Brooklyn NY 11217. 

Don Lucoff dondlmedia@covad.net and Lisa Hagani lhagani@worldnet.att.net are 
handling publicity for the awards. Entertainment will be provided by pianist 
David Hazeltine's band, and probably another group, too. We will have a 
well-known jazz-fan emcee and keynote speaker. We are also going to give JJA 
Discretionary Awards to jazz activitists for their humanistic contributions 
-- on the same day, June 17 -- in Jerusalem, Chicago,  Washington D.C. and 
perhaps elsewhere. The honorees and more details will be announced.

Last year's party was a blast -- see R. Andrew Lepley's gallery of photos at 
Jazzhouse. We have more space at B.B. King's than we did at the Jazz Standard 
-- and will be able to accomodate approximately 450 attendees. We've got a 
bit of time to organize this event further -- we've had interest from cable 
tv and satellite radio, and continue to investigate broadcast possibilities 
-- there's lots to do. If you care to participate in the event in any way, 
please let me know. 

Until then -- VOTE!

and may the best nominees win, 

Howard Mandel