Congratulations to all the winners of the 24th 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.

Our congratulations, also to the 2019 Nominees in all categories 

2019 JJA Jazz Awards winners will receive their awards during performances or other public events this summer.


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Ahmad Jamal

Jazz Musician of the Year
Wayne Shorter

Up and Coming Musician of the Year
Linda May Han Oh

Composer of the Year
Wayne Shorter

Arranger of the Year
Maria Schneider

Record of the Year
West Side Story Reimagined
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band (Jazzheads)

Historical Record of the Year
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
John Coltrane (Impulse!/Verve)

Record Label of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year
Kurt Elling

Female Vocalist of the Year
Cécile McLorin Salvant

Large Ensemble of the Year
Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band

Mid-sized Ensemble of the Year
Wayne Shorter Quartet

Trumpeter of the Year
Ingrid Jensen

Trombonist of the Year
Wycliffe Gordon

Multi-Reeds Player of the Year
Scott Robinson

Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Miguel Zénon

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Chris Potter

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
Jane Ira Bloom
Lucy Gram

Flutist of the Year
Nicole Mitchell

Clarinetist of the Year
Anat Cohen

Guitarist of the Year
Bill Frisell

Pianist of the Year
Kenny Barron

Keyboards Player of the Year
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Bassist of the Year
Linda May Han Oh

Violinist-Violist-Cellist of the Year
Tomeka Reid

Percussionist of the Year
Pedrito Martinez

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year
Joe Locke

Alexandros Lambrovassilis

Traps Drummer of the Year
Brian Blade

Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in Jazz
Scott Robinson


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
John Szwed

John Szwed has written the biographies Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra, So What: The Life of Miles Davis, Billie Holiday: The Musician and The Myth, and Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, and authored Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz; Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music and Culture; Lovers, and Jazz: An American Story for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He was Louis Armstrong Professor of Jazz, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies, and editor of at Columbia University. He’s written for Epistrophy, The Wire, Jazziz, Pulse, and The Village Voice (1979-2009), and was the music critic for Terry Gross’s, Fresh Air (1980-1982).  Szwed is editor of the Jazz Perspectives Book Series, University of Michigan Press, has produced records for Evidence and Mixtery, and was awarded a Grammy in 2005.

Print-Periodical-Website of the Year

Blog of the Year
Do The Math- Ethan Iverson

Book of the Year
Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
by Maxine Gordon (University of California Press)

The Helen Dance - Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing in 2018
Nate Chinen

The Marian McPartland-Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting
Tom Reney "Jazz a la Mode", WFCR, New England Public Radio

The Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Career Excellence in Photography
Val Wilmer

©Lucinda Douglas-Menzies

Album Art of the Year
Charles Henry Alston
for Echoes of Harlem by Mat Jodrell (Nicholas Records)

Photo of the Year
Adriana Mateo
Roy Hargrove at the Umbria Jazz Festival Teatro Morlacchi, Perugia, 7/15/2018

2019 Nominees in all categories 

2019 JJA Jazz Heroes were also named  in twenty locales around the U.S. 

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