2010 JJA Jazz Awards NOMINEES

Finalists for the 2010 JJA Jazz Awards honoring excellence in music-making and music documentation, nominated by 60 professional Jazz Journalists Association members. Winners in 41 categories to be announced at the Awards gala


    1. Lifetime Achievement in Jazz 

    Muhal Richard Abrams 
    Jimmy Heath 
    James Moody 
    Paul Motian 
    Wayne Shorter 
    Randy Weston 

    2. Musician of the Year 

    Dave Douglas 
    Vijay Iyer 
    Joe Lovano 
    Sonny Rollins 
    Henry Threadgill 

    3. Composer of the Year 

    Darcy James Argue 
    John Hollenbeck 
    Vijay Iyer 
    Steve Lehman 
    Maria Schneider 
    Henry Threadgill 

    4. Up & Coming Artist of the Year 

    Darcy James Argue 
    Gerald Clayton 
    Darius Jones 
    Linda Oh 
    Esperanza Spalding 

    5. Events Producer of the Year 

    Todd Barkan, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center 
    Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 
     André Menard/Alain Simard, Montreal Jazz Festival
    Brice Rosenbloom, boomBOOM Presents: Winter Jazz Fest, Brooklyn Masonic Temple, (le) Poisson Rouge 
    George Wein, New Festival Productions LLC: CareFusion Jazz Festival New York, CareFusion Jazz Festival Newport, Newport Folk Festival 

    6. Record of the Year 

    (CDs issued between March 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010) 
    Infernal Machines, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, New Amsterdam Records 
    Historicity, Vijay Iyer Trio, ACT Music 
    Travail, Transformation and Flow, Steve Lehman Octet, Pi Recordings 
    Folk Art, Joe Lovano, Blue Note Records 
    This Brings Us To, Vol. 1, Henry Threadgill Zooid, Pi Recordings 
    Esta Plena, Miguel Zenón, Marsalis Music 

    7. Historical Recording, Boxed Set, or Single CD Reissue of the Year 

    (Note: Condensed editions of previously issued boxed sets are ineligible)
    The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946), Mosaic Records 
    Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Ella Fitzgerald, Verve Music Group 
    Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969, Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note Records 
    Pieces of Jade, Scott LaFaro, Resonance Records 
    Saga of the Outlaws, Charles Tyler, Nessa Records 
    The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions, Denny Zeitlin, Mosaic Records 

    8. DVD of the Year 

    21st Century Chase, Fred Anderson, Delmark Records 
    Extraordinary Life and Music of a Jazz Legend, Svend Asmussen Shanachie 
    Live in Berlin & Stockholm 1968, Count Basie & His Orchestra, Impro Jazz 
    Thelonious Monk: American Composer, Medici Arts 
    Anita O' Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, AOD Productions/Elan Entertainment 
    Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, Medici Arts 

    9. Record Label of the Year 

    Blue Note Records 
    Clean Feed Records 
    Pi Recordings 
    Sunnyside Records 

    10. Female Singer of the Year 

    Dee Dee Bridgewater 
    Roberta Gambarini 
    Sheila Jordan 
    Gretchen Parlato 
    Cassandra Wilson 

    11. Male Singer of the Year 

    Tony Bennett 
    Andy Bey 
    Freddy Cole 
    Kurt Elling 
    Giacomo Gates 
    Bill Henderson 

    12. Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz 

    Edmar Castaneda, harp 
    Bela Fleck, banjo 
    Grégoire Maret, harmonica 
    Scott Robinson, unusual reeds and brass 
    Daniel Smith, bassoon 

    13. Large Ensemble of the Year 

    Darcy James Argue's Secret Society 
    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 
    Maria Schneider Orchestra 
    Mingus Big Band 
    Vanguard Jazz Orchestra 

    14. Arranger of the Year 

    Darcy James Argue 
    Carla Bley 
    John Hollenbeck 
    Bill Holman 
    Maria Schneider

    15. Small Ensemble of the Year 

    (less than 10 pieces) 
    Henry Threadgill Zooid 
    Joe Lovano Us Five 
    Mostly Other People Do The Killing 
    Vijay Iyer Trio 
    Wayne Shorter Quartet

    16. Trumpeter of the Year 

    Terence Blanchard 
    Dave Douglas 
    Tom Harrell 
    Wynton Marsalis 
    Wadada Leo Smith 

    17. Trombonist of the Year

    Steve Davis 
    Robin Eubanks 
    Wycliffe Gordon 
    Roswell Rudd 
    Steve Turre 

    18. Tenor Saxophonist of the Year 

    Fred Anderson 
    Joe Lovano 
    Tony Malaby 
    Branford Marsalis 
    Chris Potter 
    Sonny Rollins

    19. Alto Saxophonist of the Year 

    Ornette Coleman 
    Lee Konitz 
    Steve Lehman 
    Rudresh Mahanthappa 
    Miguel Zenón

    20. Flutist of the Year 

    Jamie Baum 
    Holly Hoffman 
    Nicole Mitchell 
    Lew Tabackin 
    Frank Wess 

    21. Baritone Saxophonist of the Year 

    Hamiet Bluiett 
    James Carter 
    Ronnie Cuber 
    Claire Daly 
    Gary Smulyan 

    22. Soprano Saxophonist of the Year 

    Jane Bunnett 
    Dave Liebman 
    Branford Marsalis 
    Evan Parker 
    Wayne Shorter 
    Steve Wilson 

    23. Clarinetist of the Year 

    Don Byron 
    Evan Christopher 
    Anat Cohen 
    Eddie Daniels 
    Ken Peplowski 

    24. Guitarist of the Year 

    Bill Frisell 
    Jim Hall 
    Lionel Loueke 
    Pat Metheny 
    Bucky Pizzarelli 

    25. Pianist of the Year

    Kenny Barron 
    Vijay Iyer 
    Keith Jarrett 
    Jason Moran 
    Matthew Shipp 

    26. Organist of the Year 

    Joey DeFrancesco 
    Larry Goldings 
    Dr. Lonnie Smith 
    Gary Versace 
    Sam Yahel 

    27. Violinist of the Year 

    Regina Carter 
    Mark Feldman 
    Jenny Scheinman 
    Billy Bang 
    Mark O’Connor 

    28. Bassist of the Year 

    (includes Acoustic & Electric) 
    Ron Carter 
    Charlie Haden 
    Dave Holland 
    Christian McBride 
    John Patitucci 

    29. Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year 

    Jason Adasiewicz 
    Gary Burton 
    Stefon Harris 
    Joe Locke 
    Steve Nelson 

    30. Percussionist of the Year 

    Cyro Baptista 
    Hamid Drake 
    Zakir Hussain 
    Kahil El’Zabar 
    Bobby Sanabria 
    Daniel Sadownick 

    31. Drummer of the Year

    Brian Blade 
    Jack DeJohnette 
    Roy Haynes 
    Paul Motian 
    Jeff "Tain" Watts 
    Matt Wilson 

    32. Periodical of the Year 

    AllAboutJazz-New York 
    Down Beat 
    Jazz Times 
    Signal To Noise 

    33. Website of the Year 

    34. Blog of the Year 

    The Gig, Nate Chinen 
    A Blog Supreme, Patrick Jarenwattananon 
    Do The Math blog and webzine, Ethan Iverson 
    JazzWax, Marc Myers  
    Rifftides, Doug Ramsey  

    35. Best Book about Jazz 

    Jazz, Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux, W.W. Norton 
    I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren, Temple University Press 
    Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, Robin D.G. Kelley, Free Press 
    The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957 - 1965, Sam Stephenson, Alfred A. Knopf
    Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

    36. Best Liner Notes 

    The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946), by Dan Morgenstern 
    Classic Artie Shaw Bluebird and Victor Sessions, by John McDonough 

    37. Photo of the Year

    Submissions for Photo of the Year will be displayed on this site after May 10. Professional JJA members are voting in two rounds to choose the winner, to be announced at the Awards gala on June 14.

    38. The Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing 

    (Print and/or Online) 
    David Adler: Lerterland ; JazzTimes; Philadelphia Weekly; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Time Out New York; AllAboutJazz-New York 
    Nate Chinen: The New York Times; JazzTimes 
    Gary Giddins: JazzTimes, Vintage magazine
    Marc Myers, JazzWax.com 
    Doug Ramsey, Rifftides  
    Ben Ratliff, The New York Times 

    39. The Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting

    Josh Jackson, Host of "The Checkout," "Live at the Village Vanguard," WBGO.org, Newark 
    Bobby Jackson, Music Director, WCPN, Ideastream, Solace.fm, Cleveland 
    Gary Walker, Music Director, Host of "Morning Jazz," WBGO.org, Newark 
    Jim Wilke, Host, "Jazz After Hours," Hatchcover Productions, Seattle, distributed by Public Radio International 
    Linda Yohn, Music Director, weekday morning host, WEMU-FM, Ypsilanti 

    40. The Lona Foote–Bob Parent Award for Photography 

    Alan Nahigian: Down Beat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, AllAboutJazz, New York Times, Village Voice, Musica Jazz, jazz festival program books, album covers

    Mitchell Seidel: Hot House, JazzTimes, Down Beat, Jazz Journal International, Swing Journal, Musica Jazz; album covers. http://www.jazzhouse.org/jpg/nart/index.php?show=seidel

    Herb Snitzer: Jazz -- A Visual Journey, Herb Snitzer: Photographs from the Last Years of Metronome; photography editor, associate editor Metronome; Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Time, New York Times, Herald Tribune.

    41. Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

    Stanley Crouch: Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz; The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity; Kansas City Lighting: The Life and Times of Young Charlie Parker; Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979 - 1989; fiction; columnist, New York Daily News; Jazz Times, Village Voice, liner notes. 
    Paul deBarros: Seattle Times; newspapers in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver; Down Beat, Signal To Noise, Coda, Jazz Times; radio: NPR "Jazz Riffs"; co-founder Earshot Jazz; co-leader, JJA "Who Asked You Anyway?" critics clinics; Jackson Street After Hours, liner notes. 
    Don Heckman: The International Review of Music), Notes from the Left Coast ; the Los Angeles Times, Jazz Times; 1960s-'70s: The New York Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, Metronome, the Jazz Review, liner notes.
    Bill Milkowski: Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Pulse Guitar Club (Italy), Jazzthing (Germany), Jazziz, Tower Pulse!, Down Beat, Fi magazine, Good Times (Long Island), Cityside (Milwaukee); Rockers, Jazzbos and Visionaries, Jaco: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Jaco Pastoruis, Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive, overnight dj, WWOZ ("Milkman's Matinee"), liner notes. 
    W. Royal Stokes: Growing Up With Jazz; Living the Jazz Life; The Jazz Scene; Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson; former editor, JJA Jazz Notes and festival reviewer, Jazzhouse.org; Washington Post, Jazz Times, Down Beat; radio host, "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say. . . ", "Since Minton's", liner notes.

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