|2011 Photo of the Year of Sonny Rollins by John Abbott|
He went on to receive the "Musician of the Year Award" in 2006, 2009 and 2011, and the Tenor Sax of the Year award again in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Then in 2012, he was once again chosen as "Musician of the Year" and "Tenor Sax of the Year" and his album Road Shows, Vol. 2, was chosen as Best Record of the Year. (Road Shows Vol. 1 had been voted "Historical Recording of the Year" in 2009.)
There's little doubt that Sonny Rollins, also the winner of the National Medal of Arts and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, continues, at age 82, to produce music that merits the highest Awards. Each year, JJA voting members are faced with the dilemma of how to honor Sonny's continuing and undeniably "colossal" work while also recognizing other meritorious musicians. So for the 2013 Awards, the JJA decided to honor Sonny with a special award declaring him "Emeritus Jazz Artist: Beyond Voting."
|Sonny's Rollins three 2012 Jazz Awards.|
Photo by Tom Wetmore.
2013 JJA Jazz Awards winners in the 28 music and recording categories will be posted on this site at NOON EDT WED MAY 1. The winners names will also be tweeted from @jjaJazzAwards using #jjaJazzAwards
The winners in Journalism and Media categories will be announced at a reception at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on June 19. Ticket information will be posted here soon.