2016 JJA Jazz Awards for Music Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 JJA Jazz Awards in 32 categories of musical achievement have been The 
announced, with Henry Threadgill -- this year's Pulitzer Prize for Music winner, and a Doris Duke Performing Artist -- hailed for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. Composer-arranger-orchestra leader Maria Schneider has won five Awards, including Musician of the Year and Best Album of  2015 for Thompson Fields, and Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been named Up and Coming Artist of the Year.

Two takeaways from the 20th annual Jazz Awards, which polls JJA professional members in a
double-stage process: Women continue to have prominence as winners in instrumental categories -- and every winner had won in their category in year's past.

Winners of the Jazz Awards will receive engraved statuettes from JJA members at their performance across the U.S. this summer.Winners of Jazz Awards for Media -- the JJA honoring jazz journalists! -- will be announced at the JJA's public, ticketed Media Party at the Blue Note in New York City, on Wednesday June 15 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

Angelika Beener, blogger at Alternate Takes honored by the New York City Association of Black Journalists and Simon Rentner, producer at WBGO-FM, will host the Jazz Awards party, where Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale will be served. Music will be provided at the party by solo pianist John Beasley, singer RenĂ© Marie and her trio, and drummer Herlin Riley's quintet. Click here for tickets.