2011 Satellite Parties

2011 JJA Jazz Awards Satellite Parties 
Arcata CABerkeley CA | Boston | ChicagoNashville | Portland OR | Seattle | Tallahassee FL |  Washington D.C.

Jazz happens everywhere-- and the JJA Jazz Awards will be celebrated everywhere on Saturday afternoon June 11. In a number of places, 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. 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.  Confirmed parties are listed below, check with the organizers for more details and RSVP information.

Arcata, CA - Redwood Jazz Alliance hosts an awards webcast party at
937 10th Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Sat June 11 10am-2pm PDT
The winery will have a no-host bar (including mango mimosas) and brunch hors d'oeuvres available for purchase.  

Berkeley, CA Susan Muscarella, a past JJA "A Team" honoree, hosts a brunch at 
2087 Addison St.
Berkeley CA 
(510) 845-5373
Sat June 11 10am-2pm PDT
At this second annual Jazzschool satellite party, local vocalist Ed Reed will be honored as a JJA "Jazz Hero." Call the school for more information.
UPDATE: JazzWest reports on the party and profiles Ed Reed

photo of Ed Reed with Jazz Hero award: by Stuart Brinin


Boston, MAJazzBoston, a nonprofit organization serving the Greater Boston jazz community, and Wally's Café, founded in 1947 and designated as a Boston historical site in 2009, are hosting a satellite party for local jazz lovers of all persuasions and jazz journalists in all media at
427 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02118
Mass. Ave. stop on the Orange Line or Symphony on the Green Line
(617) 424-1408
Light snacks, cash bar
Sat June 11 1-5pm EDT
Elynor Walcott and her sons Paul, Frank, and Lloyd Poindexter, who own and run Wally's, will be honored as JJA "Jazz Heroes" for their decades-long dedication to providing a forum for young players to develop their craft. WGBH jazz radio hosts and former JJA honorees Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz will present the awards to the family.

Elynor Walcott receives her Jazz Hero Award from Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz
More photos from the Jun 11 party

Chicago - Second we-hope-annual satellite party in Chicago at
Jazz Showcase
806 S Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605

Sat June 11 Noon-4pm CDT
Drummer/composer/promoter Mike Reed will be honored as a "Jazz Hero." Free admission, cash bar, snacks,  more information on the Chicago - 2011 Jazz Journalists Awards Party. '
The Chicago party will be webcast on Ustream, too.
'Like' the Chicago party Facebook page.

Nashville, TN – JJA member Craig Havighurst is organizing this first ever JJA activity in Nashville. Rumours Wine Bar
2304 12th South 
(in the heart of the 12 South village
615 292 9400
Sat June 11 Noon-4pm CDT
more info: craig.havighurst@comcast.net
Bassist Roger Spencer and pianist Lori Mechem, husband/wife partners who operate the Nashville Jazz Workshop, a music community education center, will be honored as JJA "Jazz Heroes." Cash bar, buy-your-own-menu. Bring jazz fan friends; enjoy lunch and the Jazz Awards webcast.

Portland, OR – Local writer and jazz journalist Mark Niemann-Ross and Jim Conway of Doc George's Jazz Kitchen are hosting the JJA Jazz Awards webcast-watching party at
4605 NE Fremont St.,  #101
Portland, OR 97213
Sat June 11 10am-2pm PDT
Cash bar & brunch menu available at this gathering for local jazz fans and supporters. Please RSVP via Evite

Seattle, WAEarshot Jazz, Seattle's nonprofit music, arts and service organization is organizing a jazz brunch at
1707 NW Market St 98107
Sat June 11 10am-2pm PDT
John Gilbreath, director of Earshot Jazz and radio broadcaster extraordinaire, will be honored as a JJA "Jazz Hero" at this second annual JJA Jazz Awards satellite party organized by Earshot Jazz.
UPDATE: Report by Doug Ramsey (a previous Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism and Blog of the Year winner)

Tallahassee, FL – Clarence and Gerri Seay of B Sharp's Jazz Club, located in a historic building that still serves the community through the presentation of jazz, one of America's greatest art forms, are hosting the party at
B Sharp's Jazz Club
648 W Brevard Street Tallahassee, Fl 32304 850-681-2400
Sat June 11 1-5pm EDT
We're pleased to say it's the first JJA Jazz Awards party in Florida-- Gerri says there'll be "cash bar, snacks and our B Sharp's Gumbo for as long as they last. All B Sharp's customers and any other area jazz lovers are invited!"

Washington, D.C. – Two movers and shakers in the newly burgeoning Washington, D.C. jazz scene: Giovanni Russonello of Capital Bop, and Omrao Brown of Bohemian Caverns are organizing the party at
2001 Eleventh Street N.W.
 Washington, D.C. 20001
Sat June 11 1-5pm EDT
Cash bar and snacks.
Omrao Brown, managing co-owner and curator of the Caverns, will be honored with a JJA "Jazz Hero" award presented by JJA member WPFW-FM radio jazz host Rusty Hassan.
Rusty Hassan giving Omrao Brown his Jazz Hero award.

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