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2015 JJA Jazz Awards WINNERS





Congratulations to all the winners of the 19th 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.
2015 Nominees in all categories

Awards shown in photo are for 2014.




2015 JJA Jazz Awards for Musical Achievement




Randy Weston
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz:
Randy Weston




Jason Moran
Musician of the Year:
Jason Moran




Cecile McLorin Salvant
Up and Coming Artist of the Year:
Cecile McLorin Salvant





Wadada Leo Smith
Composer of the Year:
Wadada Leo Smith




Maria Schneider
Arranger of the Year:
Maria Schneider




The Art of Conversation
Record of the Year:
The Art of Conversation (Impulse!)

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland



Miles at the Fillmore
Historical Record of the Year:
Miles at the Fillmore  (Columbia-Legacy)

Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 3


Motema Music
Record Label/Platform of the Year:
Motéma Music




Gregory Porter  Male Singer of the Year:
Gregory Porter




Cecile McLorin Salvant
Female Singer of the Year:
Cecile McLorin Salvant





Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Large Ensemble of the Year:
Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra




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





Kenny Barron and Dave Holland
Trio or Duo of the Year:
Kenny Barron and Dave Holland




Ambrose Akinmusire
Trumpeter of the Year:
Ambrose Akinmusire




Steve Turre
Trombonist of the Year:
Steve Turre




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




Miguel Zenon
Alto Saxophonist of the Year:
Miguel Zenon




Chris Potter
Tenor Saxophonist of the Year:
Chris Potter



 Gary Smulyan Baritone Saxophonist of the Year:
Gary Smulyan




Jane Ira Bloom Soprano Saxophonist of the Year:
Jane Ira Bloom




Nicole Mitchell Flutist of the Year:
Nicole Mitchell




Anat Cohen  Clarinetist of the Year:
Anat Cohen




Mary Halvorson
Guitarist of the Year:
Mary Halvorson




Kenny Barron
Pianist of the Year:
Kenny Barron




Chick Corea
Keyboards player of the Year:
Chick Corea




Christian McBride Bassist of the Year:
Christian McBride




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




Pedrito Martinez Percussionist of the Year:
Pedrito Martinez




Warren Wolf
Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year:
Warren Wolf




Brian Blade
Traps Drummer of the Year:
Brian Blade




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




Each of these 2015 JJA Jazz Award winners will receive the Award at one of his or her upcoming performances.

2015 JJA Jazz Awards for Journalism and Media

Winners in the following categories were announced at the JJA Jazz Awards Party on June 16, 2015 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Neil Tesser    Neil Tesser

Jazz Publication of the Year
JazzTimes

Jazz Website of the Year
All About Jazz

Jazz Blog of the Year
Marc Myers Jazz Wax

Book of the Year
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Viking) by Herbie Hancock  with Lisa Dickey

Best Liner Notes of the Year

John Coltrane - Offering: Live at Temple U(Resonance)by Ashley Kahn


Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing in 2014
Nate Chinen Nate Chinen

 Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting in the Year 2014
Christian McBride, host, Jazz Night in America from WBGO/NPR/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Photo of the Year
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland by Andrea Palmucci


Short Form Jazz Video of the Year
#WeCan'tBreathe: A Peaceful Protest Brandon Bain /Capsulocity

2015 Nominees in all categories 

Twenty-four JJA Jazz Heroes were also named  in locales around the U.S. 

 
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