A long list of talented jazz journalists picked up Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Awards in ceremonies held today at the Blue Note in NYC.
I couldn’t get there, but, hey, I was there in spirit!
“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,” as outlined by the JJA (I’m a member).
Kudos to the following:
+ Lifetime achievement in jazz journalism: Ted Panken
+ Jazz periodical: DownBeat
+ Jazz blog: Ethan Iverson‘s “Do the Math”
+ Jazz book: “Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth,” by John Szwed
+ Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing in 2015: Nate Chinen
+ Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting in 2015: Linda Yohn, WEMU
+ Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Photography in 2015: Ken Franckling
+ Jazz Photo of the Year: Patrick Marek
+ Jazz Album Art of the Year: Mike Park, for Kamasi Washington, “The Epic”
For more details, visit the JJA online