2018 JJA Jazz Heroes named

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced the 2018 "class" of JJA Jazz Heroes, 22 individuals in twenty locales around the U.S. who are being honored for their often unrecognized behind-the-scenes work in keeping jazz alive and thriving in their communities. Jazz Heroes are selected each year by community members in consultation with the JJA; the award recognizes the many kinds of non-musical contributions that are needed to keep the music going and bringing in new audiences.  List of 2018 Jazz Heroes and more about their contributions


2018 JJA Jazz Awards Nominations Begin

Nomination ballots for the 23rd Annual Jazz Journalists Association Awards are in the "mail" and Professional Journalist members of the JJA will soon be posting their picks for 2018 awards in 39 categories of jazz music, recording, media and journalism.


2017 JJA Jazz Awards Banquet Photos

2017 JJA Awards Banquet
Photos by Janis Wilkins of the Jazz Journalists Association's 2017 JJA Jazz Awards Banquet, held June 6, 2017 at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, New York City.


JJA Jazz Awards Banquet June 6 NYC

 Jazz Journalists Association members and friends will celebrate the 2017 JJA Jazz Awards winners and nominees on June 6 at a Chinese banquet at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 E. Broadway in New York City. The public is cordially invited, but tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.


2017 JJA Jazz Awards Winners Named

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced winners of its 21st annual Jazz Awards, celebrating 41 categories of excellence in music and music journalism. Pianists reign, with 78-year old McCoy Tyner celebrated for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, 13-year-old Joey Alexander hailed as Up and Coming Musician of the Year, Kenny Barron (73) named Pianist of the Year, the late Bill Evans’ Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records) winning as Historical Recording of the Year, Robert Glasper acknowledged for his use of electronics, and Vijay Iyer cited for his role in Duo of the Year -- his duet partner being trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, recipient of the Musician of the Year Award.