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The Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2005 Jazz Award Winners

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The Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2005 Jazz Award Winners

Maria Schneider Wins Four Awards – “Jazz Album of the Year,”
“Jazz Composer of the Year,” “Jazz Arranger of the Year” and
“Large Ensemble of the Year”

Hank Jones Honored with the “Lifetime Achievement” Award,
Dave Holland Named “Musician of the Year”

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) recently held its ninth annual Jazz Awards, honoring jazz musicians and their supporters, on Tuesday, June 14, at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City. In attendance at the sold-out event were over 500 musicians, journalists, photographers, and industry executives. Hosted by actor Robert Wisdom (The Wire) and Kym Hampton (niece of the late Lionel Hampton and founding member of the Liberty basketball team), there were musical performances by singer Nnenna Freelon, Sy Johnson’s 75th Birthday Octet, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competition winners trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Quamon Fowler and tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds. Composer-bandleader Maria Schneider sweeped the Awards ceremony with wins in four categories, “Jazz Album of the Year,” “Jazz Composer of the Year,” “Jazz Arranger of the Year,” and “Large Ensemble of the Year.”

Based on votes cast by over 480 JJA members (writers, broadcasters, photographers and new media professionals worldwide), and presented at a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians Emergency Fund and for the Jazz Journalists Association’s educational initiatives, awards were given in 40 categories of achievement. The JJA also presented “A Team” Awards for the advocates, altruists, aiders, and abettors of the jazz art form.

Among the supporters of the 2005 Jazz Journalists Awards were: ASCAP, BET Jazz: the 24-Hour Jazz Channel, Concord Records, HIP Health Plan of New York, Madison Square Garden, New York Times and WBGO FM.

For more information about the Jazz Foundation of America, please visit the website www.jazzfoundation.org.

For more information on the JJA Awards, please go to the website: www.jazzjournalistsawards.com

Roswell Rudd

Here is the complete list of winners of 2005 JJA Jazz Awards:

1) Lifetime Achievement in Jazz – Hank Jones

2) Musician of the Year – Dave Holland

3) Up & Coming Musician of the Year – Jeremy Pelt

4) Jazz Album of the Year – Maria Schneider, Concert In The Garden (ArtistShare)

5) Jazz Reissue of the Year, single CD – Coleman Hawkins, Centennial Collection (BMG Bluebird)

6) Jazz Reissue of the Year, boxed set – Albert Ayler, Holy Ghost (Revenant),

7) Jazz Record Label of the Year – Palmetto

8) Jazz Events Producer of the Year – Todd Barkan/Jazz at Lincoln Center

9) Jazz Composer of the Year – Maria Schneider

10) Jazz Arranger of the Year – Maria Schneider

11) Male Jazz Singer of the Year – Andy Bey

12) Female Jazz Singer of the Year – Luciana Souza

13) Latin Jazz Album of the Year – Jerry Gonzalez, Y Los Piratas del Flamenco (Sunnyside)

14) Small Ensemble Group of the Year – Jason Moran Trio

15) Large Ensemble of the Year – Maria Schneider Big Band

16) Trumpeter of the Year – Clark Terry

17) Trombonist of the Year – Roswell Rudd

18) Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in Jazz – Gregoire Maret, harmonica

19) Alto Saxophonist of the Year – Phil Woods

20) Tenor Saxophonist of the Year – Joe Lovano

21) Soprano Saxophonist of the Year – Wayne Shorter

22) Baritone Saxophonist of the Year – Claire Daly

23) Clarinetist of the Year – Don Byron

24) Flutist of the Year – Frank Wess

25) Pianist of the Year – Jason Moran

26) Organ-keyboards of the Year – Dr. Lonnie Smith

27) Guitarist of the Year – Jim Hall

28) Acoustic Bassist of the Year – Dave Holland

29) Electric Bassist of the Year – Steve Swallow

30) Strings Player of the Year – Regina Carter

31) Mallets Player of the Year – Stefon Harris

32) Percussionist of the Year – Kahil El’Zabar

33) Drummer of the Year – Roy Haynes

Steve Swallow


1) Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Blumenthal

2) Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting/the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award – Rhonda Hamilton (WBGO-FM)

3) Excellence in Photography/the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award – Jack Vartoogian

4) Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing/the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award – Ben Ratliff (New York Times)

5) Best Periodical Covering Jazz – JazzTimes

6) Best Website Concentrating on Jazz – Allaboutjazz.com

7) Best Book About Jazz – Living With Jazz, Dan Morgenstern (Oxford University Press)

Photo of the Year – John Abbott

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  • Hi,
    I am the author of the Steve Swallow Photograph illustrating this article. I want to thank you using my photograph and giving me the exposure.
    I am curious as to how you came accross this shot.
    Best luck with your blog

  • Roger;

    Excellent photograph. I simply used Google Images to search for “Steve Swallow” photos and came across yours.