2019 JJA Jazz Awards

These are the finalist nominees for the 2019 JJA Jazz Awards. Nominees in most categories were chosen by the votes of the Professional Journalist Members of the Jazz Journalists Association.

Winners of the 2019 JJA Jazz Awards in all categories will be determined by the votes of JJA Professional Journalist Members; winners will be announced here on jjajazzawards.org in May.

2019 NOMINEES FOR JAZZ MUSIC/RECORDING AWARDS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN JAZZ

RON CARTER
CHICK COREA
AHMAD JAMAL
HAROLD MABERN
PHAROAH SANDERS

Jazz Musician of the Year

Mary Halvorson
Christian McBride
Cecil McLorin Salvant
Wayne Shorter

 

Up and Coming Musician of the Year

James Brandon Lewis
Makaya McCraven
Linda May Han Oh
Joel Ross
Christian Sands

 

Composer of the Year

Satoko Fujii
Myra Melford
Maria Schneider
Wadada Leo Smith
Wayne Shorter

Arranger of the Year

Miho Hazama
Michael Leonhart
Jim McNeely
Maria Schneider

 

Record of the Year

Sonic Creed  Stefon Harris and Blackout (Blue Note)
Vanished Gardens Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Lucinda Williams (Blue Note)
Universal Beings Makaya McCraven (International Anthem )
The Window Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue)
West Side Story Reimagined Bobby Sanabria (Jazzheads)
Emanon Wayne Shorter (Blue Note)

 

Historical Record of the Year

John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse/Verve)
Miles Davis and John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy),

Eric Dolphy – Musical Prophet (Resonance)

 

Record Label of the Year

Blue Note

ECM
HighNote/Savant
Pi Recordings
Resonance
Sunnyside

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Kurt Elling

José James

Gregory Porter

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Cyrille Aimee
Jazzmeia Horn
Cécile McLorin Salvant

 

Large Ensemble of the Year

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Darcy James Argue Secret Society
DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band

 

Midsized Ensemble

Fred Hersch Trio
Charles Lloyd and the Marvels
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Thumbscrew

 

Trumpeter of the Year

Ambrose Akinmusire
Terence Blanchard
Dave Douglas
Ingrid Jensen
Kirk Knuffke
Jeremy Pelt
Wadada Leo Smith

Trombonist of the Year

Michael Dease
Marshall Gilkes
Wycliffe Gordon
Steve Turre

 

Multi-Reeds Player of the Year

Anthony Braxton
James Carter
Roscoe Mitchell
Scott Robinson
Steve Wilson

 

Alto Saxophonist of the Year

Steve Coleman
Tia Fuller
Steve Wilson
Miguel Zenón

 

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year

Chris Potter
Wayne Shorter
Mark Turner

 

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

Ronnie Cuber
Lisa Parrott
Scott Robinson
Lauren Sevian
Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

Jane Ira Bloom

Jane Bunnett
Dave Liebman
Wayne Shorter

 

Flutist of the Year

Jamie Baum
Andrea Brachfeld
Charles Lloyd
Nicole Mitchell

 

Clarinetist of the Year

Don Byron
Anat Cohen
Eddie Daniels
Ben Goldberg
Ken Peplowski

 

Guitarist of the Year

Bill Frisell
Mary Halvorson
Julian Lage
Miles Okazaki
John Scofield

 

Pianist of the Year

Kenny Barron
Fred Hersch
Myra Melford
Christian Sands
Craig Taborn

 

Keyboardist of the Year

Chick Corea
Joey DeFrancesco
Herbie Hancock
Dr Lonnie Smith

 

Bassist of the Year

Dave Holland
Christian McBride
Linda May Han Oh

 

Violinist-Violist-Cellist of the Year

Regina Carter
Tomeka Reid
Jenny Scheinman

 

Percussionist of the Year

Cyro Baptista
Zakir Hussain
Pedrito Martinez

 

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year

Stefan Harris
Joe Locke
Warren Wolf

 

Traps Drummer of the Year

Brian Blade
Andrew Cyrille
Jack DeJohnette
Eric Harland
Roy Haynes
Antonio Sánchez

 

Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in Jazz

Greg Leisz (dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel )
Grégoire Maret(harmonica)
Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica)
Scott Robinson (various)
Brandee Younger (harp)

 

2019 NOMINEES FOR JAZZ JOURNALISM AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

Nate Chinen has, since 2017, been director of editorial content at WBGO (responsible for Jazz Night in America, Jazz Night in America, The Checkout and other NPR jazz coverage). For nearly a dozen years a jazz and pop music reviewer for the New York Times, and columnist producing “The Gig” for JazzTimes, he is an 11-time winner of the JJA’s Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for excellence in writing during a given year, and winner of the JJA’s Best Book of the Year Award for his work with George Wein on Myself Among Others. Nate has been writing about jazz since 1996, when he began at Philadelphia City Paper; covered jazz for The Village Voice in the early ’00s, and has also been published in DownBeat, Blender and Vibe. His book Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century was published in 2018.


Eugene Holley, Jr. writes about jazz and culture for DownBeat, Publishers Weekly, Hot House, New Music Box, Chamber Music and Playbill. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, NPR: A Blog Supreme, Vibe, Wax Poetics, and The New York Times Book Review and in the books Writing Music: A Bedford Spotlight ReaderAlbert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation, and Best Music Writing: 2010, also as liner notes for many albums. He was the program director of WCLK-FM, Clark-Atlanta University, a freelance arts reporter/producer for NPR and co-produced two radio documentaries, “Dizzy’s Diamonds” and “The Duke Ellington Radio Project.”

Dan Ouellette has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years, published in DownBeat, Billboard, Qwest.TV, the Huffington Post and The Absolute Sound, and is senior editor of ZEALNYC for which he writes the column “Jazz Notes Intel.” He’s the author of Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes and Bruce Lundvall: Playing By Ear, and has regularly presented public q&a sessions with major jazz artists at the Monterey Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival.

Ben Ratliff  is a journalist and professor, jazz and pop critic for the New York Times (1996 – 2016), with writings in Esquire and a broad range of other publications including the New York Review of Books, NPR, Slate, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, 4Columns, Spin, Lingua Franca, Guardian, Metropolis, Village Voice, Coda, Option, Granta, Bookforum, Jazz Times and Wire. He is author of Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (2016); The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002). He was host of the New York Times Popcast from 2012 to 2016. He teaches cultural criticism at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

John Szwed has written the biographies Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra), So What: The Life of Miles Davis, Billie Holiday: The Musician and The Myth, and Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, and authored Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz; Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music and Culture; Lovers, and Jazz: An American Story for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He was Louis Armstrong Professor of Jazz, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies, and editor of JazzStudiesOnline.org at Columbia University. He’s written for Epistrophy, The Wire, Jazziz, Pulse, and The Village Voice (1979-2009), and was the music critic for Terry Gross’s, Fresh Air (1980-1982).  Szwed is editor of the Jazz Perspectives Book Series, University of Michigan Press, has produced records for Evidence and Mixtery, and was awarded a Grammy in 2005.

 

Print Periodical/Website of the Year

All About Jazz

DownBeat
Jazziz

JazzTimes
The New York City Jazz Record

Blog of the Year

Jazz Profiles, by Steve Cerra Do The Math, by Ethan Iverson Jazz Wax, by Marc Myers Rifftides, by Doug Ramsey Jazz Lives, by Michael Steinman

 

Book of the Year About Jazz

Nate Chinen, Playing The Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon)

Gary Giddins, Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 (Little, Brown)

Maxine Gordon, Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon (University of California Press)

Eugene Marlow, Jazz in China: From Dance Hall Music to Individual Freedom of Expression (University Press of Mississippi)

Francesco Martinelli, The History of European Jazz (Equinox)

 

The Helen Dance – Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing in 2018

Nate Chinen
Ted Gioia
Marc Myers
Ted Panken
Giovanni Russonello

 

The Marian McPartland-Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting

Arturo Gomez, KUVO Jazz, Denver CO
Susan Kennedy, “Big Band Hall of Fame,” WMNR-Monroe, CT
Tom Reney, “Jazz a la Mode”, WFCR, New England Public Radio
Awilda Rivera, WBGO Jazz, Newark, 1992-2019 Twitter

 

The Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Career Excellence in Photography
Patrick Hinely
Robert Sutherland-Cohen work samples
Val Wilmer work samples

 

Album Art of the Year

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MATT JODRELL – ECHOES OF HARLEM  (NICHOLAS) 

Art:

2)lewisTaylorRadiantImprints

JAMES BRANDON LEWIS/CHAD TAYLOR – RADIANT IMPRINTS (OFF RECORD) 

 Art:

3)McCravenUniversalBeings

 

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN – UNIVERSAL BEINGS (INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM)

 Art:

4) Saft-SoloAGenova

 

JAMIE SAFT – SOLO A GENOVA (RARENOISE)

ART:

5)Sarnecki-ClimbingTrees

RAFAL SARNECKI – CLIMBING TREES (OUTSIDE IN MUSIC)

ART:

6WareBalance

DAVID S. WARE TRIO – THE BALANCE (AUM FIDELITY)

ART:

PHOTO OF THE YEAR

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Donny McCaslin & John Patitucci 2019
Donny McCaslin & John Patitucci performing @ the Monterey Jazz Festival, 9/23/18

PHOTOGRAPHER: STUART BRININ SUBJECT: DONNY MCCASLIN & JOHN PATITUCCI

2)Kirk Joseph - 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: MICHAEL JACKSON SUBJECT: KIRK JOSEPH

3)Jan Kodym2019

PHOTOGRAPHER:PATRICK MAREK SUBJECT: JAN KODYM

4)Roy Hargrove 3 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: ADRIANA MATEO SUBJECT: ROY HARGROVE

5Ron Carter 2019


PHOTOGRAPHER: MANOLO NEBOT ROCHERA SUBJECT: RON CARTER

6Christian Scott 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: OLEG PANOV SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN SCOTT

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