JJA Jazz Awards NYC Gala June 20; performers announced

On Wednesday June 20, the best jazz place to be in New York City will be the 16th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards gala, scheduled for 4 to 6 pm at the Blue Note Jazz Club.  A whos-who of the jazz world will be on hand and a wide range of jazz will be performed live  as winners of the 40 categories of the 2012 JJA Jazz Awards are announced and honorees-in-attendance introduced. Tickets for the public event are now available. 

 Musical entertainment at the gala will include Organ Monk, Greg Lewis’s Hammond-B4 quartet (with guitarist Ron Jackson, drummer Jeremy Clemons and tenor saxophonist Reggie Woods). Vocalist Paulette McWilliams and pianist Nat Adderley, Jr. will perform a song from McWilliams' debut album Telling Stories, and double-necked guitar discovery Gabriel Marin will share his own brand of 21st century sci fi/ Middle Eastern funk-fusion in duet with bassist John Ferrara (both of the power-jazz trio Consider the Source)

Josh Jackson of WBGO’s “The Checkout”  and Angelika Beener of Alternate Takes will preside over brief Awards ceremonies and Jazz Awards winners and nominees, jazz industry activists and influencers, JJA members, unaffiliated colleagues and the jazz-devoted public will have plenty of time to socialize, enjoying wine, beer, waters and hors d’oeuvres.

Several of this year's JJA Jazz Heroes --Robin Bell-Stevens, executive director of Jazzmobile and Adrian Ellis, former executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center-- will also be celebrated at the gala, as will author Albert Murray, recipient of the “Words and Music Award” co-presented by the JJA and Jazz Foundation of America.

All tickets must be reserved in advance; space is limited. Reservations are free for this year's JJA Jazz Awards nominees and available for a discount to JJA members and nominees’ representatives.

The Jazz Awards party in New York City is a fundraiser for the JJA, the 24-year-old non-profit professional organization of writers, photographers, broadcasters, new media producers and journalistic supporters interested in jazz coverage in print, over-the-airways and/or online. JJA Industry Associate members are musicians and educators or work in the music, music promotion and publishing industries or allied fields.

The JJA’s year-long activities include training, mentoring and consulting with jazz journalists, production of enhancement programs for jazz festivals and educational institutions and networking to sustain and improve the documentation and dissemination of information about jazz. The JJA’s ongoing eyeJAZZ video project, mini-conference on Media for Audience Development at the 2012 APAP and Chamber Music America conventions, and 12 satellite parties toasting their own Jazz Heroes across the U.S. and in Auckland, New Zealand in conjunction with the 2012 Jazz Awards demonstrate the JJA’s efficacy and breadth.

The JJA Jazz Awards are sponsored by BMI, Inc., Reviver Records, Blue Note Records, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, the Blue Note Jazz Club, and some two-dozen other jazz-related entities, including colleges, festivals, labels, publications, the Jazz Foundation of America and Tekserve, the Apple Specialist.

Since 1997, the Jazz Journalists Association has celebrated excellence in both jazz and jazz journalism, raising jazz’s profile while hosting significant jazz industry parties -- and in 2010 and 2011 producing memorable live-streamed video of the events. No live video this year -- to enjoy the Jazz Awards you have to be there.