Jazz happens everywhere-- and the JJA Jazz Awards will be celebrated everywhere on Saturday afternoon June 11. In Berkeley, CA, Boston, Nashville, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Tallahassee Florida and Washington, D.C., jazz fans will gather at informal "satellite parties" to watch the live webcast of the awards presentations and performances as they happen at City Winery in New York City. These parties are a way for local jazz supporters to affirm that jazz is alive and well in their communities and to share notes and plans for the coming year.
There may be a satellite party near you: Each party is different and is being organized by local hosts. Most are open to the public with no cover, cash bar and free light snacks; some will also offer free Brother Thelonious Ale, courtesy of JJA Jazz Awards sponsor North Coast Brewing Company. None will charge a cover or entrance fee. All promise big screens on which to watch the Awards. Check back soon if there's no party listed in your area; more are still in the planning stage.