2013 JJA Jazz Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 17th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, listed below. Professional Journalist Members of the JJA made open nominations in a first selection round; those who received the most nominations advanced to the final ballot.

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2013 JJA Jazz Awards for Music

Wayne Shorter

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz:
Wayne Shorter

Wadada Leo Smith
Musician of the Year:
Wadada Leo Smith

Maria Schneider
Composer-Arranger of the Year:
Maria Schneider

Aaron Diehl
Up and Coming Artist of the Year:
Aaron Diehl

Centennial  Record of the Year:
Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans
 (ArtistShare), Ryan Truesdell

Record Label of the Year: 

Large Ensemble of the Year:
Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Small Ensemble of the Year: 
Wayne Shorter Quartet

Gregory Porter  Best Male Vocalist:
Gregory Porter

Luciana Souza Best Female Vocalist:
Luciana Souza

Wadada Leo Smith Trumpeter of the Year:
Wadada Leo Smith

Wycliffe Gordon Trombonist of the Year:
Wycliffe Gordon

Anat Cohen  Multi-reeds Player of the Year:
Anat Cohen

Rudresh Mahanthappa Alto Saxophonist of the Year:
Rudresh Mahanthappa

 Chris PotterTenor Saxophonist of the Year:
Chris Potter

 Gary Smulyan Baritone Saxophonist of the Year:
Gary Smulyan

Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophonist of the Year:
Wayne Shorter

Nicole Mitchell Flutist of the Year:
Nicole Mitchell

Anat Cohen  Clarinetist of the Year:
Anat Cohen

 Bill FrisellGuitarist of the Year:
Bill Frisell

Vijay Iyer Pianist of the Year:
Vijay Iyer

Dr. Lonnie Smith Keyboards player of the Year:
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Christian McBride Bassist of the Year:
Christian McBride

 Regina CarterViolinist/Violist/Cellist of the Year: 
Regina Carter

Bobby Sanabria Percussionist of the Year:
Bobby Sanabria

Stefon Harris  Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year:
Stefon Harris

 Billy Hart Traps Drummer of the Year:
Billy Hart

Edmar Castaneda Player of Instruments Rare 
in Jazz of the Year:
Edmar Castaneda, harp

2013 JJA Jazz Awards for Journalism and Media

Willard Jenkins
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Willard Jenkins

Print Periodical of the Year

Website of the Year

Patrick Jarenwattananon
Blog of the Year
A Blog Supreme (Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music)

Paul de Barros
Best Book About Jazz of the Year
 Paul de Barros: Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland (St. Martin's Press)

Nate Chinen
The Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing in the Year 2012
Nate Chinen

Jim Wilke
The Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting in the Year 2013
Jim Wilke (Jazz After Hours)

Skip Bolen
Jazz Photo of the Year
Skip Bolen's photo of Lionel Charles Ferbos

Jason Fifield
Short Form Jazz Video of the Year
Jason Fifield's video "Tarbaby- Fanon" (SLife Productions)

the JJA is also making a special Award this year:

Emeritus Jazz Artist/ Beyond Voting: 
Sonny Rollins more info

Twenty-six JJA Jazz Heroes were also named.

2013 Nominees in all categories 

Many 2013 JJA Jazz Award winners named above will receive the Award at one of his or her upcoming performances. If you are a winner, please write Howard Mandel president@jazzjournalists.org to schedule a public Award presentation.

Award winners in the journalism and media categories will be were named at a June 19 party at the Blue Note Jazz Club in  New York City.  Ticket information will be posted on this site soon. They are also listed above. 

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