JJA Jazz Awards: Wayne Shorter, Ryan Truesdell, Wadada Leo Smith, Anat Cohen Lead With Multiple Nominations
Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Wayne Shorter, orchestra leader and arranger Ryan Truesdell, trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, and clarinetist Anat Cohen are among the artists with multiple nominations in the 2013 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards.
The 17th annual JJA Jazz Awards honor achievement in musicianship and journalism, in 37 categories.
Shorter, lately celebrated for his work leading a quartet with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, is one of several nominees for the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz award, along with pianists/composers McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston, and Muhal Richard Abrams. Shorter also picked up nominations for Best Small Ensemble and Soprano Saxophonist of the Year.
Winners of the JJA Awards for the musician categories will be announced May 1. Jazz journalism winners in the JJA Awards will be honored during a June 19 party at the Blue Note in New York. Details will be announced shortly.
In addition to announcing the Jazz Awards nominees, the JJA this week published its list of 26 “Jazz Heroes” – “advocates, altruists, activists, aiders and abettors of jazz,” this year located in 24 cities in the United States, as well as Ottawa, Canada.
(On a personal note, Gary Langford, a first-rate trumpeter, recently retired from his longtime post as jazz bands director at the University of Florida, and my director when I was at UF, last year was honored as a JJA Jazz Hero)
The full list of nominees is here;
And the Jazz Heroes:
click name for Hero’s story
2.Craig Alston- Baltimore, MD
3.Robbin Ahrold- New York City
4.Scotty Barnhart- Tallahassee, FL
5.Marcus Belgrave, Detroit
6.Karl Berger & Ingrid Sertso- Woodstock, NY.
7.Mwata Bowden- Chicago
8.Sonny Buxton- San Francisco Bay Area
9.Arni Cheatham- Boston
10.Tim Coakley- Schenectady, NY
11.Roddy Ellias- Ottawa, Canada
12.Jeff Haskell- Tucson, AZ
13.Willard Jenkins- Washington, DC
14,Edward “Kidd” Jordan- New Orleans
15.Randall Kline- Western Jazz Presenters Network Jazz Hero
16.Marty Liquori- Gainesville, FL
17.Lissa May- Bloomington, IN
18.Jim Miller- Philadelphia
19.Dr. James Hardy Patterson- Atlanta
20.Dr. James Polk– Austin, TX
21.Julian Priester- Seattle
22.Bill Royston- Portland OR
23.Ken Tittelbaugh– Nogales, AZ
24.Jim Wadsworth- Cleveland
25.Melissa Walker- Newark, NJ