2017 JJA Jazz Awards WINNERS

Congratulations to all the winners of the 21st annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards  listed below. Professional Journalist Members of the JJA made open nominations in a first selection round; those who received the most nominations advanced to the final ballot.
2017 Nominees in all categories

Awards shown in photo are for 2014.

2017 JJA Jazz Awards for Musical Achievement

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Lifetime Achievement in Jazz:
McCoy Tyner   

Wadada Leo Smith
Musician of the Year:
Wadada Leo Smith

Up and Coming Musician of the Year:
Joey Alexander

Composer of the Year:
Ted Nash

Arranger of the Year:
Maria Schneider

 Record of the Year:
Madera Latino – A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw (Hollistic MusicWorks)
Brian Lynch

Historical Record of the Year:
Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest 
(Resonance Records)
Bill Evans

Record Label/Platform of the Year:
Resonance Records

Male Singer of the Year:
Gregory Porter

Female Singer of the Year:
René Marie

Large Ensemble of the Year:
Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Midsize Ensemble of the Year: 
Charles Lloyd and the Marvels

Trio or Duo of the Year:
Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith

Trumpeter of the Year:
Brian Lynch

Wycliffe Gordon
Trombonist of the Year:
Wycliffe Gordon  

Multi-reeds Player of the Year:
Anat Cohen

Alto Saxophonist of the Year:
Gary Bartz

Charles Lloyd
Tenor Saxophonist of the Year:
Charles Lloyd  

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year:
Claire Daly

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year:
Jane Ira Bloom

Flutist of the Year:
Nicole Mitchell

Clarinetist of the Year:
Anat Cohen

Mary Halvorson
Guitarist of the Year:
Mary Halvorson

Pianist of the Year:
Kenny Barron

Keyboards player of the Year:
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Bassist of the Year:
Christian McBride

Violinist/Violist/Cellist of the Year: 
Regina Carter

Percussionist of the Year:
Pedrito Martinez

Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year:
Warren Wolf

Traps Drummer of the Year:
Jack DeJohnette  

Scott Robinson
Player of Instruments Rare 
in Jazz of the Year:
Scott Robinson, various  

Electronics Player of the Year:
Robert Glasper

Each of the above 2017 JJA Jazz Award winners for music will receive the Award at one of his or her upcoming performances.

2017 JJA Jazz Awards for Journalism and Media

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Ted Gioia

Jazz Periodical of the Year
( category combines the previous Jazz Publication of the Year and Jazz Website of the year categories)

Jazz Blog of the Year
Ethan Iverson: Do the Math

Jazz Book of the Year

Better Git It In Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus
(University of California Press)
Krin Gabbard

Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing in 2016
Ashley Kahn

The Marian McPartland - Willis Conover Award
for Career Excellence in Broadcasting

Mark Ruffin

The Lona Foote -- Bob Parent Award 
for Career Excellence in Photography
Frank Stewart

Jazz Photo of the Year

Photographer: Manolo Nebot Rochera
Subject: Cecile McLorin Salvant at Festival Internacional Jazz Peniscola, Castellon Spain, July 2016
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Jazz Album Art of the Year 

Artist: David Cowles
Cover art for Bill Charlap Trio's Notes from New York (Impulse/Verve)

2017 Nominees in all categories 

2017 JJA Jazz Heroes were also named  in twenty locales around the U.S. 

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