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Of course, male musicians are not excluded: Veterans getting Awards include Tenor Saxophonist of the Year Charles Lloyd, Alto Saxophonist of the Year Gary Bartz, Baritone Saxophonist and Multi-Reeds Player of the Year Scott Robinson, Trombonist of the Year Wycliffe Gordon, Male Vocalist of the Year Kurt Elling, Electric Bassist of the Year Steve Swallow, and Guitarist of the Year Bill Frisell (with bassist Thomas Morgan in the Duo of the Year). Youthful pianist Emmet Cohen, Up and Coming Musician of the Year, and Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year Joel Ross, also won.
Other highlights: Billie, James Erskine’s film on singer Billie Holiday, won the first JJA Award for Jazz Documentary. Book of the Year about Jazz went to Life in E Flat: The Autobiography of Phil Woods (Cymbal Press), written with Ted Panken, recipient of this year’s Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Writing. WBGO Music Director Gary Walker won the Marian McPartland-Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting, and Steven Sussman won the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Career Excellence in Photography.
The late David Stone Martin’s watercolor of Bill Evans on Live at Ronnie Scott’s won for Album Art of the Year, having been discovered and utilized by Resonance Record, 2021 Record Label of the Year.
Almost 300 jazz musicians, journalists and media makers, recordings, books, documentaries, podcasts, photographs, were nominated for the 2021 Jazz Awards, and the JJA hails all nominees. Winners of the Awards are being asked to participate in an innovative online event, scheduled in mid-July (date TBA). For more information about the Jazz Awards or the Jazz Journalists Association – including sponsorship opportunities – contact Howard Mandel, [email protected]