2012 Sponsors

Please support these organizations and businesses that are generously supporting the 2012 JJA Jazz Awards.

Initiative Sponsors


BMI

BMI

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) collects license fees to distribute to its member songwriters, composers and music publishers as royalties. Formed in 1939 as a non-profit performing rights organization, BMI was the first to offer representation to songwriters of blues, country, r&b, gospel, folk, Latin and, ultimately, rock & roll. Jazz has been key to BMI since its beginning.
Lester Young and Billie Holiday were early signatories, followed by younger composer/ artists/innovators: Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Miles, Coltrane and Sonny Rollins among them. Today BMI represents world-renowned jazz composers including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, rising young stars like Darcy James Argue and Monk award winner Kris Bowers, among many others.
BMI further supports the composition of new jazz works with the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, founded in 1988 by Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam, now under the direction of Jim McNeely. BMI's 100 percent financial support, now more than $1 million, covers the workshop's concerts (next on June 24 at Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, NYC) and annual commissions.
BMI's original mission and open-door policy still pertains, welcoming songwriters, composers and music publishers of all disciplines, helping them develop both the creative and business skills crucial to careers in music.


Reviver Music

Reviver

Reviver Records, LLC is a New Jersey-based record label, production and management company founded by David Ross. Telling Stories, Reviver's second release, is produced by renowned composer, arranger, musical director saxophonist Tom Scott and Dennis D’Amico. It presents jazz singer Paulette McWilliams on new songs and standards accompanied by an all-star cast including pianist Nat Adderley Jr., guitarist Robben Ford and Scott himself, plus duets featuring Paulette with vocalists Bobby Caldwell and Will Downing.
Paulette McWilliams is well known for her sultry tone and wide vocal range, heard behind Michael Jackson on "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," Aretha Franklin on "Jump To It," Luther Vandross on "Stop To Love" and "Wait For Love," and with Marvin Gaye (singing Tammi Terrell's parts on his final tour), among many other artists. Telling Stories is her headlining debut, after a career that began in her hometown of Chicago (Paulette was original singer in the band Ask Rufus; she enlisted Chaka Khan to follow her) and flowed from her performances as lead vocalist for Quincy Jones' Body Heat tour and album Mellow Madness (she co-wrote the title tune). "Too Hot," "Live the Life I Love" and "Stuck On You" from Telling Stories have charted significant airplay on smooth jazz and adult contemporary radio stations.
Blue Note Jazz Club

Blue Note Jazz Club- NYC

Blue Note has become one of the world’s premier jazz clubs since its establishment by owner Danny Bensusan in 1981, and is now a cultural institution in New York’s Greenwich Village. This year the club is generously providing the locale of the JJA Jazz Awards Party on June 20.
Located between 6th and McDougal Streets in New York City, Blue Note offers music every nite at 8 and 10:30pm, as well as a Late Night Groove Series at 12:30am on Friday and Saturday nights and a Sunday Brunch at 12:30 and 2:30pm. The now-annual BlueNote Jazz Festival will unfold June 10-30 with performances at a variety of venues around the city.


North Coast Brewing

North Coast Brewing

North Coast Brewing, a pioneer in the craft beer movement located in the historic town of Fort Bragg on California’s Mendocino Coast, is the maker of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale in addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner and other fine brands now available in 40 states, Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Since 2010, North Coast Brewing has generously provided its Brother Thelonious Ale for the annual JJA Jazz Awards party in New York City and for JJA Jazz Awards satellite parties in other locations. This robust ale has a label that features a picture of jazz master Thelonious Monk, and the company partners with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of jazz education and sponsors many other jazz-related events each year.

Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records has aimed to be distinguished as "The Finest In Jazz" since its founding as an independent operation by German immigrants Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff in 1939. The label's catalog has traced the music's evolution from traditional jazz and swing through bebop, hard bop, post-bop, soul jazz, avant-garde and fusion, with Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter (now returning to Blue Note), Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Eric Dolphy, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Lou Donaldson and Bobby Hutcherson among its artists, abetted by talent scout Ike Quebec, producers Duke Pearson and George Butler, photographer/art director Reid Miles and master recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, a JJA "A Team" honoree.
In 2011, record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer; he's become label President with his predecessor Bruce Lundvall (also an "A Team" honoree) guiding as Chairman Emeritus. With Was at the helm, Blue Note has renewed its dedication to Lion's vision that "any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression." Those words ring true for recent Blue Note efforts by Robert Glasper Experiment and Norah Jones with producer Danger Mouse, JJA Jazz Awards 2012 nominees Shorter, Joe Lovano, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jason Moran and Bandwagon as well as Lifetime Achievement in Jazz nominee Horace Silver.

Associated Sponsors

Berklee

Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1945 by Lawrence Berk, an engineer trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and veteran arranger with the CBS and NBC radio orchestras who wanted to teach contemporary music and provide practical career preparation for the working musician. His idea caught fire, and the small teaching studio grew into a sizable school, then college, in just over two decades. Today Berklee has more than 4000 students applying themselves to one of more than a dozen performance and non-performance majors (including music therapy and music business/management), an online music school, the Berklee Internet Radio Network and an international campus in Valencia, Spain. 


BluJazz Productions

Blujazz Productions

Blujazz Productions, based in Chicago, Illinois, presents an alternate paradigm to traditional record labels. Organized by guitarist, vocalist and JJA Industry Associate member Greg Pasenko as an artists' cooperative, Blujazz provides independent jazz musicians with a distributed record label, media promotion, booking and touring facilitation to address a global market. Musicians may contract for a package of services or a la carte attentions, as desired. Among the member-artists of Blujazz are vocalist Dee Alexander, Monk Piano Competition winner Tigran Hamasyan and the Moutin Reunion Quartet. Read Greg Pasenko's blog, at The Jazz Artists Survival Guide.

Doxy Records

Doxy Records

Doxy Records was founded in 2005 by Sonny Rollins to enable him to take full control of the means of production and distribution of his music for the first time in his lengthy career. To date he has released one studio album (Sonny, Please) and two volumes in an ongoing series of live recordings called Road Shows, as well as a DVD of a concert in Vienne, France. Rollins intends to record a studio session for the label in the coming year.

ECM Records

ECM Records

Since its founding by Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM Records has issued more than 1200 albums of jazz, improvised and composed music from both sides of the Atlantic as well as transcultural collaborations. The high quality of ECM albums at all levels -- musicians, production, engineering, cover art – has been widely recognized and acclaimed; the Jazz Journalists Association named it label of the year in 2007. In 2012 ECM is again a nominee for that award, with its solo piano albums Rio by Keith Jarrett and Avenging Angel by Craig Taborn both nominated for Record of the Year. Charles Lloyd, Gary Burton with Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Evan Parker are among the distinguished artists beyond classification who have called ECM home.

. Jazz @ Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center says, "'Welcome' is our motto. To enrich the artistic substance and perpetuate the democratic spirit of America's music is our goal. From down home and elegant concert performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, to entertaining educational programs that bring the sound and feeling of jazz into the lives of thousands of kids and grownups, to innovative collaborative programs with artists in diverse idioms, we offer top quality musicianship and universal friendship at our home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, comprising also the Allen Room and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola."


Jazz Foundation of America

Jazz Foundation of America

For over 21 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been the only national organization dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians. The JFA is committed to providing financial, medical and legal assistance to those great jazz and blues veterans who have paid their dues by making a lifetime of this music and find themselves in crisis due to illness, age and/or circumstance.

Mack Avenue Records

Mack Avenue Records

Mack Avenue Records, Inc. was formed in 1999 by Detroit businesswoman Gretchen Valade and businessman Tom Robinson, and in its 13-year history has expanded by acquiring the Artistry Music Group, Artizen Music, and Rendezvous Entertainment, and distributing Cryptogramophone Records, resulting in a broad-based catalog ranging from traditional to contemporary to progressive and avant-garde jazz. Additionally, Mack Avenue founder (and Jazz Journalists Association "A Team" honoree) Gretchen Valade created a nonprofit foundation dedicated solely to producing the annual Detroit International Jazz Festival. Says Ms. Valade, "In terms of geographical jazz history, Detroit has always been one of the first cities mentioned. Founding a jazz label and later sustaining an important festival is my way of adding to the already vibrant and storied jazz tradition here in Detroit." 

New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The mission of The New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program is to integrate mentor-student style undergraduate music education with a concentration on small-group performance into a progressive, innovative curriculum. So doing, New School Jazz offers talented young players who come from all over the world an immersive experience in the internationally acknowledged jazz capitol. Students gain mastery from conservatory training, infused with the generative spirit and vigor of jazz and contemporary music as those art forms exist in the greater culture. Collaboration is encouraged, access afforded to other divisions of the New School, and interdisciplinary courses are available. Among many options is the BA/BFA program, a five-year dual-degree track leading to a BA in liberal arts and BFA in Jazz Performance.

Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival was, and is, the first jazz festival in America. The festival has been the scene of historic performances by Louis, Ella, Duke, Monk, Coltrane and Miles. This year's festival is scheduled for August 3,4,and 5 in Newport, Rhode Island and features an opening night concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and two full days of jazz on three unique stages at Fort Adams Park, situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage.

Sunnyside Records

Sunnyside Records

Artists in the Sunnyside Records catalog include: Harold Danko, Kirk Lightsey, Lee Konitz, James Williams, Red Mitchell, Billy Pierce, Donald Brown, Jerry Gonzalez, Fred Hersch, Geoff Keezer, Bob Belden, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Jay Clayton, Armen Donelian, Steve Nelson, Guillermo Klein, Luciana Souza, Chano Dominguez, Martirio, Baden Powell, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, Steve Kuhn, Ben Monder, Bill McHenry, J.D. Allen, Roswell Rudd, John Hollenbeck, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland, the Mingus Big Band, Chris Potter, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Abdullah Ibrahim, Denny Zeitlin, Dan Tepfer, Happy Apple, Dave King, Ben Wendel, Rebecca Martin, Becca Stevens, Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq.

tekserve

Tekserve

Tekserve Business Solutions helps CIOs and technology decision-makers best integrate solutions into the complex heterogeneous IT environment in the enterprise and includes Tekserve’s renowned Pro solutions, rich media production, storage and advisory services. Our solutions practice is complimented by the Tekserve retail store, built specifically for consumers who want the best possible experience buying and using Apple products and accessories. 212-929-3645 119 * W 23rd St. (near 6th Ave.), New York, NY 10011

WBGO

WBGO Jazz 88.3FM / WBGO.org

is the recognized world leader in jazz radio. Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz and presents news to a worldwide audience through radio, other technologies and events. Beyond reaching listeners on air, online and on mobile devices, WBGO produces live broadcasts and acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. Based in Newark, NJ, WBGO recently launched a new transmitter and antenna system atop 4 Times Square in New York City.

Supporters

Absolutely Live Entertainment .
Absolutely Live 
led by industry veteran Danny Melnick, produces concerts, tours, festivals and special events the world over. They now proudly manage Rudresh Mahanthappa as well.

Alma Records
Alma Records
"Animating people's souls" with music by artists who "choose not to be compromised by the demands of an obsessively commercial music industry."

Angel City Jazz Festival
Angel City Jazz Festival
LA's only noncommercial jazz and new music festival; Oct 5-7 & Oct 12-14 2012

Blake Zidell and Associates
Blake Zidell & Associates
A New York-based public relations firm that represents artists, arts organizations and writers spanning a variety of disciplines.

Braithwaite & Katz Communications
Braithwaite & Katz Communications
A public relations firm working closely with creative people and projects since 1986.

Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago Jazz Festival
2012 Chicago Jazz Festival, Aug 30-Sept 2, with headliners Roy Haynes, Dianne Reeves and Allen Toussaint.

Clean Feed Records
Clean Feed Records
From Lisbon, Portugal,innovative, internationally recognized contemporary jazz projects that can make a difference.

JazzDIY
Jazz DIY
The online trade journal for the 21st century jazz musician.

Jazz Institute of Chicago
Jazz Institute of Chicago
Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating jazz in all its forms since 1969.

Jazziz
Jazziz Magazine
Publishing "the final word on jazz."

Jazz Promo Services
Jazz Promo Services
Specializing in media campaigns for the music community, artists, labels, venues and events.

JazzTimes
JazzTimes
Award-winning jazz magazine with a contributors list that "reads like a who's who of jazz journalism."

Monterey Jazz Festiveal
Monterey Jazz Festival
The longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world.
Mosaic Records
Mosaic Records
Your source for exclusive jazz collections.

Paulette Dozier
Paulette Dozier
See this multi-faceted singer/actress June 15, Metropolitan Room, NYC,pre-release concert for her new CD“PAULETTE DOZIER–In Walked You,”

Pi Recordings
Pi Recordings
A New York-based record label dedicated to releasing innovative music by artists with unique and defining voices.

Planet Arts
Planet Arts
A not-for-profit organization in Catskill, NY "changing the global music scene one gig at a time."

Resonance Records
Resonance Records
A non-profit jazz label "devoted to preserving Jazz and discovering the rising stars of tomorrow."

SFJazz Collective .
SFJAZZ Collective
The repertory group of SFJAZZ, an all-star jazz ensemble.

NYC Jazz Record
The New York City Jazz Record
"New York's Only Homegrown Jazz Gazette."