Tuesday, June 16, 2015

USA: Jazz Journalism Association Awards Party - June 16 at Blue Note Jazz Club

BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB, JUNE 16, 2:30 - 5:30 PM  

                Randy Weston                              Jason Moran                                   Kenny Barron

NEW YORK - The Jazz Journalists Association will celebrate its 2015 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree Randy Weston, Musician of the Year Jason Moran and multi-Award-winning pianist Kenny Barron -- along with women in jazz and jazz's ties to Africa -- at its annual Jazz Awards party at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W. 3rd St., NYC, on June 16. Weston will perform a piano solo, the West African Fula Flute will play an introductory fanfare, Antoinette Montague will sing accompanied by Danny Mixon, and bassist Mimi Jones' Quintet will present a short set. Angelika Beener, writer and radio producer and Linda Yohn, music director of WEMU will be onstage MCs. Doors open at 2:30, and tickets to the general public are still available at goo.gl/fiypbV.

Randy Weston, the still-touring 89-year-old pianist, composer, lecturer, recording artist and Brooklyn-born Africanist, is jazz royalty. A frequent presence at Jazz Foundation of America benefits, he played memorably with conguero Candido Camero at the JJA's Jazz Awards party in 2010, and Weston's autobiography African Rhythms, written with JJA founding member Willard Jenkins, was nominated for the JJA's Book of the Year Award in 2011.

Pianist-composer-bandleader Moran, artistic director of jazz at the Kennedy Center, is a MacArthur fellow, USA Prudential Fellow, and winner of the JJA's "Up 'n' Coming Musician of the Year" award in 2003. 

Kenny Barron has been voted the JJA's "Pianist of the Year," and shares Awards for Record of the Year - The Art of Conversation (Impulse!) - and Duo/Trio of the Year with bassist Dave Holland. Barron was also Pianist of the Year in 2010.

Winners of JJA Jazz Awards for journalism and media will be announced at the Jazz Awards party. Winners of musical categories of the Jazz Awards were announced in April, and are posted at http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/2015.html.

Musician winners of 2015 JJA Jazz Awards and 2015 Jazz Heroes are invited to the Jazz Awards party at the Blue Note as guests of the JJA, but must reserve tickets at http://members.jazzjournalists.org/event-1939958. Reserved seats are $125, general admission is $75, tickets for JJA Awards nominees and JJA members are $50. 

Jazz Awards winners receive engraved statuettes, presented at their
summer performances across the United States by JJA member writers, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals. Jazz Awards winners are determined through open nominations and direct voting by members. The JJA Jazz Awards were established in 1996.

Major sponsors of the 19th annual JJA Jazz Awards include the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, Mack Avenue, Motéma Music, ECM and Resonance Records, BMI and Berklee College of Music. Further information is available at www.JJAJazzAwards.org.

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