A Great Day in Murray Hill: 2002 Jazz Journalists Assoc. Awards Celebrated in NYC

A Great Day in Murray Hill: 2002 Jazz Journalists Assoc. Awards Celebrated in NYC


Dr. John Minichetti, specialist in dentistry
Dr. David Feldman, specialist in joint replacements
George Avakian, veteran jazz album producer


1. Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
(joining previous honorees Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and John Lewis)
Winner: Clark Terry

2. Musician of the Year
(achievement in sound recordings, live concert performances and overall presence, April 15, 2001 – April 15, 2002)
Winner: Dave Holland

3. Album of the Year
(Released April 15, 2001 – April 15, 2002)
Winner: Charlie Haden, Nocturne(Verve)

4. Reissue of the Year
Winner: Billie Holiday, Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia, 1933-1944
(Columbia Legacy)

5. Events Producer of the Year
Winner: André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz De Montréal

6. Composer of the Year
Winner: Henry Threadgill

7. Male Singer of the Year
Winner: Kurt Elling

8. Female Singer of the Year
Winner: Cassandra Wilson

9. Recording Debut of the Year
(Artist’s First Effort As a Leader)
Winner: Norah Jones, Come Away With Me
(Blue Note Records)

10. Afro-Caribbean Jazz Album of the Year
Winner: Omar Sosa, Sentir
(Ota Records)

11. Brazilian Jazz Album of the Year
Winner: Trio Da Paz, Partido Out
(Malandro Records)

12. Small Ensemble of the Year
(nonet or smaller)
Winner: Wayne Shorter Quartet

13. Large Ensemble of the Year
(tentet or bigger, including big bands, jazz orchestras, contemporary symphonies, et. al.)
Winner: Mingus Big Band

14. Trumpeter of the Year
Winner: Dave Douglas

15. Trombonist of the Year
Winner: Wycliffe Gordon

16. Brass of the Year
(tuba, French horn, etc.)
Winner: Howard Johnson, tuba

17. Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Winner: Greg Osby

18. Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Winner: Chris Potter

19. Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
Winner: Wayne Shorter

20. Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Winner: James Carter

21. Clarinetist of the Year
Winner: Don Byron

22. Pianist of the Year
Winner: Bill Charlap

23. Organ-Keyboards of the Year
Winner: John Medeski

24. Guitarist of the Year
Winner: Russell Malone

25. Acoustic Bassist of the Year
Winner: Dave Holland

26. Electric Bassist of the Year
Winner: Steve Swallow

27. Strings Player of the Year
Winner: Regina Carter

28. Mallets Player of the Year
Winner: Stefon Harris

29. Percussionist of the Year
Winner: Kahil El’Zabar

30. Drummer of the Year
Winner: Roy Haynes


1. Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Ira Gitler (The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, Swing to Bop, etc.)

2. Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting
(The Willis ConoverMarian McPartland Award)
Winner: Kenny Washington, WBGO-FM (Newark, NJ)

3. Excellence in Photography
(The Lona FooteBob Parent Award)
Winner: Enid Farber

4. Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing
(The Helen DanceRobert Palmer Award)
Winner: Gary Giddins

5. Best Film/Video Regarding Jazz of the Year
Winner: Calle 54

6. Best Periodical Covering Jazz
Winner: Jazz Times

7. Best Jazz Website of the Year
Winner: AllAboutJazz

8. Best Book on Jazz of the Year
Winner: A New History Of Jazz by Alyn Shipton (Continuum)

9. Best Photo of the Year
Winner: Enid Farber (for “Claire on the Stairs,” photo of baritone saxophonist Claire Daly)


Clark Terry, Dave Holland, Henry Threadgill, John Medeski, Cassandra Wilson, Ira Gitler, and Gary Giddins were among the musicians and journalists honored at the 6th annual Awards of the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA), celebrated by a well-beyond capacity crowd at The Jazz Standard on Wednesday, June 19, 2002. More than 350 people crammed into the east-side Manhattan jazz club for the three-hour early-evening event, an awards ceremony and benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA), which featured remarks from celebrated actor Avery Brooks and stand-up comedy from longtime comedian and jazz funnyman Soupy Sales, plus live music from pianist Roberta Piket‘s Trio (with bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Billy Hart), pianist Chano Dominguez, and a new quintet led by bassist Ben Allison (featuring kora player Mamadou Diabate), and Blue Smoke barbeque.

The awards, handsome 6 1/2 inch obelisks, individually inscribed and with a floating acetate of the JJA’s logo, are distributed based on votes cast by the more than 400 members of the JJA and were given in 39 categories encompassing all aspects of music making as well as the coverage of it, including Lifetime Achievement in Jazz (Clark Terry), Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism (Ira Gitler), Musician of the Year (Dave Holland), and Composer of the Year (Henry Threadgill). Along with the JJA, the JFA presented Discretionary Awards to veteran jazz producer George Avakian, who helped to establish the LP format in the late 1940s, and doctors John Minichetti and David Feldman, both of whom have helped ensure the continued health of numerous jazz musicians through the Foundation.

The awards were punctuated with commentary by many of the award recipients in attendance including legendary drummer Roy Haynes, trumpeter Dave Douglas (who was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Music Center), trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, violinist Regina Carter, who dedicated her award to a teacher of hers who recently died, and vocalist Cassandra Wilson whose acceptance speech was a direct response to recent criticisms that she is no longer interested in jazz: “Let me set the record straight; I ain’t goin’ nowhere!” Provocative comments were also made by some of the Award presenters, who included legendary pianists Marian McPartland and Dr. Billy Taylor as well as recently-retired San Francisco Chronicle jazz critic Phil Elwood, who added a tragic note to the otherwise festive occasion when he informed the audience that the Chronicle will not be rehiring for his position, and Village Vanguard proprietor Lorraine Gordon who, always in character, told the audience to shut up at a particularly din-filled moment during the proceedings.

Other award presenters included: journalists Ashley Kahn, Willard Jenkins, Bill Milkowski, T. Brooks Shepard, Ken Dryden, Patricia Willard, Ted Panken, Chuck Obuchowski, Martin Johnson, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Larry Blumenfeld, Dan Ouellette, and Ira Gitler; Howard Mandel, JJA president; Wendy Oxenhorn , Jazz Foundation of America executive director; Thomas Bellino, Jazz Program Specialist for Chamber Music America; Chuck Iwanusa, Jazz Alliance International; Danny Meyer, proprietor, Jazz Standard/Blue Smoke; Claire Daly, baritone saxophonist; Jeff Kliman, photographer; Suzan Jenkins, jazz industry veteran; Jeff Levenson, jazz industry veteran; Bill Gottlieb, photographer; Martin Mueller, director, New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program; Dan Morgenstern, Institute of Jazz Studies, and Lauren Deutsch, executive director, Jazz Institute of Chicago; as well as NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri and Lara Pellegrinelli (guest editor of the June 2002 NewMusicBox).

The Jazz Journalists Association is an international group of writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, filmmakers, educators, and media professionals who institute collegial and educational programs for the appreciation, documentation, and promulgation of jazz. After first convening in Chicago in 1986, the JJA has held annual meetings, often timed to major festivals and jazz conventions in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Montreal, Washington DC, and New Orleans. The JJA’s Web site Jazzhouse features online news and articles, interactive forums, photo galleries, member links and association activities. Jazz Notes, the JJA’s quarterly newsletter, serves as a clearing house of ideas, organizational news and views.

Since 1997, the JJA has presented Jazz Awards to notable musicians and journalists each June in New York City. Among the financial supporters of the Jazz Awards 2002 were Columbia Records, ECM, Warner Brothers Records, Palmetto Records, Justin Time Records, Jazz@Lincoln Center, Tower Records, Watson-Guptill Publishers (Billboard Books), and the JazzCorner website. For more information on the JJA Awards, visit the Web site of the Jazz Journalists Association or the Web site created specifically for the Awards.

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