2017 JJA Jazz Awards Nominations Underway

The twenty-first JJA Jazz Awards season has begun:  Professional journalist members of the Jazz Journalists Association are currently submitting nominations for the 2017 awards for jazz musicianship, recording and journalism and local communities have made their nominations for 2017 Jazz Heroes who have made exceptional contributions to jazz in those communities.

  • 2017 Jazz Heroes will be announced here on April 1.
  • Nominees for 2017 Jazz Awards will be announced here on May 1
  • 2017 Jazz Awards winners will be announced here on June 1.
The JJA is still seeking sponsors and supporters for the 2017 awards; for more information please email president@jazzjournalists.org.


VIDEO 2016 JJA Jazz Awards Party

Produced by Michal Shapiro with assistance from Brian Pace.


2016 JJA Jazz Awards party photos

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2016 JJA Jazz Awards for Music Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 JJA Jazz Awards in 32 categories of musical achievement have been The 
announced, with Henry Threadgill -- this year's Pulitzer Prize for Music winner, and a Doris Duke Performing Artist -- hailed for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. Composer-arranger-orchestra leader Maria Schneider has won five Awards, including Musician of the Year and Best Album of  2015 for Thompson Fields, and Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been named Up and Coming Artist of the Year.


2016 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees Announced

Final round voting has begun for the winners of the Jazz Journalists Association's 2016 Jazz Awards. Finalist nominees in 41 categories of musicianship, recording and jazz journalism and media were announced today, April 22. Nominations were made by JJA members and finalist nominees were named on the basis of number of nominations received. Winners in the music and recording categories will be announced on the JJA Jazz Awards site on May 15. Winners of the media awards will be named at the June 15 JJA Awards party at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.