The Jazz Journalists Association will celebrate the 17th annual JJA Jazz Awards with a cocktail-and-music party on Wednesday June 19, from 4 to 6 pm at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. This event is open to the public; tickets should be purchased in advance.
Only winners of Jazz Awards in categories honoring jazz journalism and media will be announced at the party this year, as winners of categories for excellence in music were announced on May 1. Finalist nominees in the journalism/media categories are vieing for awards for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, Best Book of the Year, Photo of the Year, Website of the Year, Print Periodical of the Year, Blog of the Year, the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing in the Year 2012 and the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting and Best Short Form Jazz Video.
UPDATE: The Awards presentation will include a special tribute to frequent JJA Jazz Award winner, "Jazz Colossus" Sonny Rollins, who is being honored this year with an "Emeritus Jazz Artist: Beyond Voting" award.
Tickets should be purchased in advance. Reserved ringside seating tickets are $120 per person, tickets to the general public for general admission are $60 and JJA members and 2013 nominees may attend for $45. Winners of the 2013 Jazz Awards for musical achievement are invited to attend as guests of the JJA, but must rsvp in advance by emailing jjaParty@jazzjournalists.org
The party is a fund-raiser for the Jazz Journalist Association's year-round educational and outreach programs aimed at building new jazz audiences and training jazz journalists in the skills needed to cover jazz in today's fast changing media landscape. Contributions to the JJA, tax deductible in most cases, can be made here.