Winners Announced For 13th Annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards

A large group of jazz’s best singers convened at the 13th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards at the Jazz Standard Tuesday afternoon (June 16th) as Kurt Elling, Sheila Jordan, Roberta Gambarini, Giacomo Gates and Venissa Santî gathered around bebop-vocalist Mark Murphy to wish him well. Murphy, age 74, was recipient of the first “Words and Music” Awards, co-presented by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) and the Jazz Foundation of America, whose director Wendy Oxenhorn made an appeal for $20 donations to cover the crisis in housing and health care for musicians in need.


Kurt Elling was named Male Vocalist of the Year (Gambarini was Female Vocalist of the Year 2008). Besides the singers, the following awards winners were in attendance: Pianist Hank Jones (shown on the right), trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Latin jazz bandleader Arturo O’Farrill, trombonist Roswell Rudd, violinist Billy Bang, reeds player Frank Wess, clarinetist Anat Cohen, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and producer of the year George Wein. Nominees including vibeist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Noah Preminger, trombonist Clifton Anderson, flutist Jamie Baum, pianist Vijay Iyer, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, drummer Harris Eisenstadt and big band composer-conductor Darcy James Argue and Karen Mantler were in attendance. (see full list of winners)

So were a multitude of jazz journalists from the U.S. and overseas, including Gary Giddins, Dan Morgenstern, Ira Gitler, Francis Davis, Doug Ramsey, Dan Ouellette, Bill Milkowski, Marc Myers, David Hadju, David Adler, Art Lange, Fred Kaplan, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Chris Kelsey, Tim Wilkins, Nate Chinen, Ben Ratliff, Marcia Hillman, Hank Shteamer, Christian Broecking (Germany) and Cyril Moshkow (Russia), photographers John Abbott, Fran Kauffman, Enid Farber, Steven Sussman and broadcasters Linda Yohn (WEMU-Ypsilanti), Ben Young (WKCR-Columbia University and Becca Pulliam (WBGO-Newark) along with program director Thurston Briscoe and general manager Cephas Bowles.

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  • Michael said:

    I’ve only recently discovered that I like Jazz music. Never paid much attention to it before, but now find that it really relaxes me at the end of a long day.


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