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JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION:
JAZZ AWARDS 2006

 

 

Staff Report

NEW YORK, 23 June 2006—Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins was named Musician of the Year at the 10th annual Jazz Awards on 19 June at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York. The Jazz Journalists Association's award for lifetime achievement in jazz went to 81-year-old Roy Haynes .

Based on votes cast by over 400 JJA members (writers, broadcasters, photograhers and new media professionals worldwide) the awards are as follows:


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
- Roy Haynes

Musician of the Year
- Sonny Rollins

Up & Coming Musician of the Year
- Dafnis Prieto

Jazz Album of the Year
- Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane,Carnegie Hall 1957 (Blue Note)

Single CD Reissue of the Year
- Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman, Song X (Nonesuch)

Boxed Set Reissue of the Year
- Miles Davis, The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (Columbia/Legacy), original sessions produced by Teo Macero, produced for release by Teo Macero and Stan Tonkel


Composer of the Year
- Andrew Hill

Arranger of the Year
- Maria Schneider

Male Singer of the Year
- Kurt Elling

Female Singer of the Year
- Dianne Reeves

Latin Jazz Album of the Year
- Bebo Valdés, Bebo de Cuba (Calle 54)

Small Ensemble of the Year (< 9 pieces)
- Wayne Shorter Quartet

Large Ensemble of the Year (9+ pieces)
- Gerald Wilson Orchestra

Trumpeter of the Year
- Dave Douglas

Trombonist of the Year
- Wycliffe Gordon

Player of the Year of Instruments Rare in Jazz
- Toots Thielemans (harmonica)

Alto Saxophonist of the Year
- Phil Woods

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
- Sonny Rollins

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
- Jane Ira Bloom

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
- James Carter

Clarinetist of the Year
- Paquito D'Rivera

Flutist of the Year
- Sam Rivers

Pianist of the Year
- Bill Charlap

Organ-keyboards of the Year
- Joey DeFrancesco

Guitarist of the Year
- Jim Hall

Acoustic Bassist of the Year
- Ron Carter

Electric Bassist of the Year
- Christian McBride

Strings Player of the Year
- Regina Carter

Mallets Player of the Year
- Joe Locke

Percussionist of the Year
- Ray Barretto

Drummer of the Year
- Paul Motian

Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award
- Howard Mandel  

Best Book About Jazz
- Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond (Parkside), by Doug Ramsey

Best Photo of the Year
- Gene Martin

Photo above:
Gene Martin:  Houston Person for the cover of Houston's CD, "All Soul", on HighNote Records
Photo courtesy of Gene Martin Photography, New York City



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