2015 JJA Jazz Awards WINNERS

Congratulations to all the winners of the 19th 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.

2015 JJA Jazz Awards for Musical Achievement

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Randy Weston Lifetime Achievement in Jazz:

Randy Weston

Jason Moran Musician of the Year:

Jason Moran

Cecile McLorin Salvant Up and Coming Artist of the Year:

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Wadada Leo Smith

Composer of the Year:

Wadada Leo Smith

Maria Schneider Arranger of the Year:

Maria Schneider

The Art of Conversation Record of the Year:

The Art of Conversation (Impulse!)

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland

Miles at the Fillmore Historical Record of the Year:

Miles at the Fillmore (Columbia-Legacy)

Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 3

Motema Music Record Label/Platform of the Year:

Motéma Music

Gregory Porter  Male Singer of the Year: Gregory Porter
Cecile McLorin Salvant Female Singer of the Year:

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Arturo O'Farrill And The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra  

Large Ensemble of the Year:

Arturo O'Farrill And The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Wayne Shorter Quartet Midsize Ensemble of the Year:

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland Trio or Duo of the Year:

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland

Ambrose Akinmusire Trumpeter of the Year:

Ambrose Akinmusire

Steve Turre Trombonist of the Year:

Steve Turre

Anat Cohen  Multi-reeds Player of the Year: Anat Cohen
Miguel Zenon Alto Saxophonist of the Year:

Miguel Zenon

Chris Potter The tenor Saxophonist of the Year:

Chris Potter

 Gary Smulyan Baritone Saxophonist of the Year: Gary Smulyan
Jane Ira Bloom The soprano Saxophonist of the Year: Jane Ira Bloom
Nicole Mitchell Flutist of the Year: Nicole Mitchell
Anat Cohen  Clarinetist of the Year: Anat Cohen
Mary Halvorson Guitarist of the Year:

Mary Halvorson

Kenny Barron Pianist of the Year:

Kenny Barron

Chick Corea Keyboards player of the Year:

Chick Corea

Christian McBride Bassist of the Year: Christian McBride
 Regina Carter Violinist/Violist/Cellist of the Year: Regina Carter
Pedrito Martinez Percussionist of the Year: Pedrito Martinez
Warren Wolf Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year:

Warren Wolf

Brian Blade Traps Drummer of the Year:

Brian Blade

Edmar Casteneda Player of Rare Instruments

in Jazz of the Year:

Edmar Stuff, harp


Each of these JJA Jazz Awards 2015 winners will receive the Award at one of his or her upcoming performances.

2015 JJA Jazz Awards for Journalism and Media

The winners in the following categories were announced at the JJA Jazz Awards Party on June 16, 2015 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

Neil Tesser Neil Tesser

Jazz Publication of the Year


Jazz Website of the Year

All About Jazz

Jazz Blog of the Year

Marc Myers Jazz Wax

Book of the Year

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Viking) by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey

Best Liner Notes of the Year

John Coltrane-Offering: Live at Temple U (Resonance) by Ashley Kahn

Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing in 2014

Nate Chinen Nate Chinen

Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting in the Year 2014

Christian McBride, host, Jazz Night in America from WBGO/NPR/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Photo of the Year

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland by Andrea Palmucci

Short Form Jazz Video of the Year

#WeCan ' tBreathe: A Peaceful, salmon oil rich diet Brandon Bain/Capsulocity

2015 trustee services in all categories

Twenty-four JJA Jazz Heroes were also named in locales around the U.S.


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