JJA announces 2011 'Jazz Heroes'

The Jazz Journalists Association has named its 2011 "Jazz Heroes"-- activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. These awards will be presented on June 11 in conjunction with the presentation of the 2011 JJA Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.
The JJA's 2011 "Jazz Heroes" are:

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Most of these new Jazz Heroes will receive their awards at local "satellite parties" held simultaneously with the JJA Jazz Awards gala in New York City on June 11.  Parties are confirmed for Berkeley CA, Boston, Nashville, Portland OR, Seattle, Tallahassee FL, and Washington D.C. and others may be added, so stay tuned.

The Jazz Awards gala raises funds for JJA educational efforts and activities aimed at developing new audiences for jazz.  These include the eyeJAZZ video training program, audience enrichment programs at jazz festivals and educational institutions, initiatives using social media to activate under-addressed segments of the potential jazz audience, establishment of online platforms for jazz journalists and planning/production of a profession-wide conference on jazz journalism scheduled for January 2012.
You can view the entire list of nominees for the 2010 JJA Jazz Awards, purchase tickets, and find more information about the Awards program at www.JJAJazzAwards.org. For further information, including sponsorship opportunities, program book ads and online display specs, contact President@JazzJournalists.org.