The Jazz Journalists Association – Announces 2009 Jazz Award Winners

The Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2009 Jazz Award Winners
DLMedia – June, 2009

The Jazz Journalists Association announced winners of 2009 Jazz Awards at the Jazz Standard in New York City Tuesday, June 16, honoring 90 year-old elder statesman Hank Jones and 25 year-old up ‘n’ coming bassist-singer Esperanza Spalding, among 40 more musicians, presenters, jazz supporters and jazz journalists for the 13th year. Recipients of the Jazz Awards receive engraved statuettes from the international organization of some 450 writers, broadcasters, photographers and new media producers.

The three-hour cocktail-barbeque party was attended by 150 jazz movers and shakers, record company executives such as Bruce Lundvall, celebrated during the 70th anniversary year of Blue Note Records which he revived, and George Wein, named “Producer of the Year,” perhaps for announcing plans to sustain the Newport Jazz Festival, which he established in 1954.  Also in attendance: Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Roswell Rudd, Frank Wess, Sue Mingus, Michael Cuscuna, Dr. Agnes Varis, and Richard Parsons (for the Jazz Foundation of America).

Music at the event was provided by the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Romanian pianist Marian Petrescu and Swiss guitarist Andreas �berg, Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter accompanied by pianist Daryl Sherman and the Matt Miller Trio. Boosey and Hawkes, the Jazz Foundation of America, North Coast Brewing Company, Resonance Records, Sunnyside Records and SESAC, Inc. are among some of the sponsors of the 2009 Jazz Awards.

All recipients of the Awards are listed below. To see all finalists nominees, go to or Further information on the Jazz Awards is available from Howard Mandel, The Jazz Journalists Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.


Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards 2009

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Lee Konitz

Musician of the Year
Sonny Rollins

Composer of the Year
Maria Schneider

Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Esperanza Spalding

Events Producer of the Year
George Wein, New Festival Productions

Record of the Year
Appearing Nightly
Carla Bley Big Band

Latin Jazz Album of the Year
Song for Chico
Arturo O’Farrill

Historical Recording/Reissue of the Year
Road Shows, Vol. 1
Sonny Rollins

Historical Recording Boxed Set
The Lester Young/Count Basie Sessions 1936-40

Record Label of the Year

Female Singer of the Year
Cassandra Wilson
Male Singer of the Year
Kurt Elling
Instruments Rare in Jazz
Richard Galliano, accordion
Large Ensemble of the Year
Maria Schneider Orchestra

Arranger of the Year
Maria Schneider

Small Ensemble Group of the Year
SF Jazz Collective

Trumpeter of the Year
Terence Blanchard

Trombonist of the Year
Roswell Rudd

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Sonny Rollins

Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flutist of the Year
Frank Wess

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
Branford Marsalis

Clarinetist of the Year
Anat Cohen

Guitarist of the Year
Bill Frisell

Pianist of the Year
Hank Jones

Organist of the Year
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Strings Player of the Year
Billy Bang

Bassist of the Year
William Parker

Electric Bassist of the Year
Steve Swallow

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year
Joe Locke

Percussionist of the Year
Hamid Drake

Drummer of the Year
Brian Blade
Periodical of the Year

Website of the Year

Blog of the Year
Jazz Beyond Jazz
By Howard Mandel
Best Book about Jazz
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music
By George E. Lewis
(University of Chicago Press)
Best Photo of the Year
Hank Jones, Montreal Jazz Festival 2008
By Kris King

The Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Photography
John Abbott

The Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting
Ben Young, Director, WKCR
(Columbia University)

The Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing
Nate Chinen

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Mike Zwerin

The Jazz Foundation of America and the Jazz Journalists Association Special Career Honors for Words with Music
Mark Murphy

2009 “A Team” Awards:

Herb Alpert
Musician, Producer, Jazz Supporter

Dr. Agnes Varis
Jazz Angel

Bruce Lundvall
Record Man

David N. Baker
Jazz Educator

Timuel Black
Cultural Historian

Steven Saltzman
Chicago Jazz Advocate

Ruth Price
The Jazz Bakery

Clarence Acox
Garfield High School, Jazz Band Leader

Scott Brown
Roosevelt High School, Jazz Band Leader

Peter Levinson
Author and Publicist

Richard Sudhalter
Author, Journalist, Musician