The Jazz Journalists Association's 2014 Jazz Awards party, held June 11 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City; video produced and edited by Michal Shapiro with assistance from Alex Ariff.
The gala party was a chance for the jazz world to meet and celebrate the 2014 winners of JJA awards for excellence in jazz journalism. Among these was the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism award to W Royal Stokes, presented by Gary Giddins. Josh Jackson of WBGO's The Checkout was m.c. Musical performances by
• Elio Villafranca's Jass Syncopators (with Steve Turre, trombone; Vincent Herring, alto sax; Greg Tardy, tenor sax; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Lewis Nash, drums; percussionists and dancer)
• Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown
• Stephanie Richards Trumpet Ensemble