THURSDAY JUNE 18 at 7pm
THE JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION 2020 AWARDS PARTY
The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is a non-profit organization of writers, broadcasters, photographers and new media professionals dedicated to promoting the best use of media of all kinds –new and old, online and off– to tell the story of jazz and develop new jazz audiences.
The JJA JAZZ AWARDS, given annually since 1996, are awards for excellence in journalism as well as musicianship. Local “Jazz Hero” awards are also given to community jazz activists and local parties and meetups are held in many communities as part of the yearly Awards celebration. After 25 years of hosting Jazz Awards galas held at New York City venues including B.B. King’s Blues club, Birdland, the Blue Note Jazz Club, City Winery, the Jazz Standard, the Knitting Factory and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the JJA for the first time moves the party online.
The Jazz Journalists Association celebrates its 2020 Jazz Awards online on Thursday, June 18 at 8 pm ET, with a first of its kind, all-star Jazz Awards Winners Live-Streaming Party. Honorees from the 24th annual JJA celebration of excellence in jazz and jazz media work will interact live via Hot House Global’s Twitch.tv channel and the JJA’s own FacebookLive cast, addressing each other, taking questions and watching musical interludes from past Jazz Awards galas by Sheila Jordan, Randy Weston and Sonny Rollins, among others.
Confirmed participants to date include Carla Bley (Lifetime Achievement in Jazz recipient), Lakecia Benjamin (Up and Coming Musician of the Year) Terri Lynne Carrington (Musician of the Year and Drummer of the Year), Nate Chinen (for writing in 2019, and the WBGO blog), Kris Davis (Composer of the Year and Pianist of the Year), Kurt Elling (Male Vocalist of the Year), Zakir Hussain (Percussionist of the Year), and Roscoe Mitchell, representing the Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary Large Ensemble.
Bassist Linda May Han Oh, JazzTimes editor Mac Randall, cellist Tomeka Reid, vibist Joel Ross, author Mark Stryker and alto saxophonist-arranger Miguel Zenón, soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, clarinetist Anat Cohen, guitarist Bill Frisell, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, multi-reeds player Joe Lovano, and flutist Nicole Mitchell, will also speak on the call.