2016 JJA Jazz Awards WINNERS







Congratulations to all the winners of the 20th 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.
2016 Nominees in all categories

Awards shown in photo are for 2014.


2016 JJA Jazz Awards for Musical Achievement

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Henry Threadgill
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz:
Henry Threadgill




Maria Schneider
Musician of the Year:
Maria Schneider






Kamasi Washington
Up and Coming Artist of the Year:
Kamasi Washington





Maria Schneider Composer of the Year:
Maria Schneider




Maria Schneider
Arranger of the Year:
Maria Schneider




The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Orchestra cover
 Record of the Year:
The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare)
Maria Schneider Orchestra



cover Erroll Garner Complete Concert by the Sea
Historical Record of the Year:
The Complete Concert By The Sea (Columbia/Legacy)
Erroll Garner



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





Large Ensemble of the Year:
Maria Schneider Orchestra





Myra Melford's Snowy Egret
Midsize Ensemble of the Year: 
Myra Melford's Snowy Egret





Vijay Iyer Trio
Trio or Duo of the Year:
Vijay Iyer Trio




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




Alto Saxophonist of the Year:
Rudresh Mahanthappa





Charles Lloyd
Tenor Saxophonist of the Year:
Charles Lloyd



 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




Fred Hersch
Pianist of the Year:
Fred Hersch




Craig Taborn
Keyboards player of the Year:
Craig Taborn




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




Joe Locke
Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year:
Joe Locke





Traps Drummer of the Year:
Jack DeJohnette




Scott Robinson
Player of Instruments Rare 
in Jazz of the Year:
Scott Robinson, various



Jason Lindner Electronics Player of the Year:
Jason Lindner



Each of these 2016 JJA Jazz Award winners will receive the Award at one of his or her upcoming performances.


2016 JJA Jazz Awards for Journalism and Media

Winners in the following categories were announced at the JJA Jazz Awards Party on June 15, 2016 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Ted Panken
Ted receives award from JJA President Howard Mandel at Jun 15 Awards party. Photo: Bonnie Johnson. 

Jazz Periodical of the Year
(new category this year; combines the previous Jazz Publication of the Year and Jazz Website of the year categories)
DownBeat
DownBeat Marketing Director Ritchie Deraney accepts the award. Photo: Bonnie Johnson

Jazz Blog of the Year
Ethan Iverson: Do the Math
Ethan Iverson receives his award. Photo: Bonnie Johnson

Jazz Book of the Year
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
 (Viking/Penguin Publishing Company), by John Szwed

Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing in 2015
Nate Chinen

 Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting in the Year 2015
Linda Yohn WEMU 
Linda Yohn at Jun 15 Awards partyphoto:  Bonnie Johnson. 

Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Photography in the Year 2015
Ken Franckling

Jazz Photo of the Year
Patrick Marek- Lucian Dubuis


Jazz Album Art of the Year (new category this year)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Photo by Mike Park

2016 Nominees in all categories 

2016 JJA Jazz Heroes were also named  in twenty-three locales around the U.S. 

 
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