JJA Jazz Awards Go Bicoastal: June 14 Satellite Party in Berkeley

NOTE: THIS POST IS FOR 2010 PARTY. Email us at jazzawards@jazzjournalists.org  to help plan a 2011 party.
Are you a  jazz fan in the San Francisco Bay Area? Then you can toast trumpeter-bandleader-educator Khalil Shaheen-- newly named  "Jazz Hero, Bay Area" by the JJA-- as you watch the JJA Jazz Awards live and celebrate with local jazz journalists, musicians and other listeners at a "satellite party" at the  Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance in downtown Berkeley, California on  Monday, June 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 PDT. It's free, it's open to the public, and it will be held simultaneously with the Jazz Awards ceremony and reception at City Winery in Manhattan.

Guests at the  party, hosted by the Jazzschool, will watch an online simulcast of the New York events as Jazz Awards are presented in more than forty categories.  They'll also be watching as the JJA's "A Team" and "Jazz Hero" honorees are introduced and hear the music being performed at the Awards by pianist Ayako Shirasaki, guitarist Rale Micic's trio, pianist Marc Cary's Focus Trio, the Tia Fuller Quartet and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band.  Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar. For more information on the Jazzschool Jazz Awards party, contact Terri Hinte hudba@sbcglobal.net

Susan Muscarella, president of the Jazzschool, and Terri Hinte, independent writer, editor and music publicist, are organizing the Berkeley party. Both Ms. Muscarella and Ms. Hinte were previously inducted into the JJA's "A Team" of "activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz," in recognition of their careers focused on educational and informational work.

Parties are also planned for other locales. More are being added every day, check the list here.
There are lots of other ways you can participate:
Throw your own JJA Jazz Awards satellite party!
If you'd like to organize a Jazz Awards satellite party in your area --anywhere in the world-- write JJA President Howard Mandel at jazzawards@jazzjournalists.org. "They don't have to be formal or fancy affairs," says Mandel, just provide an opportunity for local jazz lovers to recognize the best in jazz --and have a great time together on June 14. 

Watch the JJA Jazz Awards live online
But if you are out of reach of any of the awards parties you can still  participate by watching the streaming video of the awards presentations together with your friends. Details coming soon.

 Come to the NYC Awards gala!
Of course, if you are in the New York area you shouldn't  miss the awards presentation and reception at City Winery. Buy your tickets online now.

And --wherever you are-- please consider making a donation to the JJA to support our work of spreading the word about jazz.