Photo of attendees, Jazz Awards 2006, by Gene Martin

World's Only Independent Jazz Awards!

The Jazz Journalists Association initiated its Jazz Awards honoring excellence in jazz music, recordings, presentation and journalism in 1997. At the 13th annual JJA Jazz Awards Awards gala on June 16, 2009 at the Jazz Standard (116 E. 27th St., New York City), a star-studded coterie of musicians, journalists and music-world movers and shakers will assert again the unique status of these honors as jazz's only independent, international, culture-and-community-wide celebration.

Winners in the Jazz Awards' 42 categories of excellence will be announced at the Jazz Standard, including Lifetime Achievement and Best of the Year Awards for musicians, presenters, recordings, journalists, publications, blogs and websites. New members of the JJA's growing "A-Team" of activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz will also be introduced.

A Team inductees are selected at the discretion of the JJA's board of directors. This year's A-Team inductees are: Herb Alpert, for his support of jazz education at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, among other activities; Dr. David Baker for services to jazz education; Timuel Black, cultural historian/jazz practitioner and Steve Saltzman, president of the Jazz Institute of Chicago; Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records; Agnes Varis, "saint" of the Jazz Foundation of America; Ruth Price, proprietor of the Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles; Seattle band directors Clarence Acox of Garfield High School and Scott Brown of Roosevelt High School and, posthumously, author-publicist Peter Levenson and journalist-author-reasearcher-musician Richard Sudhalter.

Voting for the Jazz Awards for achievements starts with the JJA's professional members (approximately 400) being asked to submit up to five nominees in each category. Nominees accumulating the most votes are finalists; ties in some categories result in fewer or more than five nominated finalists. Finalists are voted upon by JJA professional members in a second round to determine Awards winners, who are invited to receive their personalized statuettes onstage.

The JJA presents all its Awards as an assertion that informed, professional, independent coverage of jazz across genre is vital to the preservation and promotion of contemporary music, for new and established audiences alike.

See winners and reports of past events in the Jazz Awards Archives: