2019 JJA Jazz Heroes Announced

Twenty-two "activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz" in 20 U.S. cities were announced by the Jazz Journalists Association today as the organization's 2019 slate of Jazz Heroes. This year's Heroes, from Amherst, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California, Seattle to South Florida, are all presenters, educators, non-profit administrators, public faces of grassroots organizations and in several cases active players sustaining and developing America's native-born music in their local communities and beyond. View the complete list of honorees, with photo portraits and biographies, here.

The Jazz Journalists Association, a nonprofit professional organization of writers, photographers, videographers and broadcasters covering jazz, established its Jazz Heroes campaign in 2010, having since 2001 called the honorees members of the JJA "A Team." The JJA presents annual Jazz Awards for excellence in music and music journalism; nominees for 2019 Jazz Awards will be announced mid-April, with winners of those Awards revealed on or about May 1.

Entities collaborating on 2019 Jazz Heroes presentations include B Sharps Jazz Club, the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Jack London Revue, the Carr Center, the Hyde Park Jazz Society, the California Jazz Foundation, MCGJazz, JazzPolice.com and Westminster Presbyterian Church. North Coast Brewing Company is beverage sponsor of the JJA Jazz Heroes campaign.