Once again, BMI members swept the jazz world's annual "best of" list presented by Downbeat magazine, the voice of jazz since 1934. BMI's dedication to the advancement of original forms of American music exists as a cornerstone of the organization's very conception, and remains a priority today.
|Sonny Rollins||Wayne Shorter||B.B. King|
Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter both lead the gaggle of BMI winners with two awards apiece. Rollins earned the 2006 Jazz Artist of the Year and Tenor Saxophone Musician of the Year trophies, while the Wayne Shorter Quartet was declared Jazz Group of the Year; Shorter himself landed the Soprano Saxophone Player of the Year title.
|Jackie McLean||Jamie Cullum||Thelonious Monk|
The iconic B.B. King was recognized as Blues Artist of the Year, while saxophonist Jackie McLean was inducted into Downbeat's Hall of Fame.
Best Jazz Album went to Andrew Hill for Time Lines, his first original album since the 90s. Thelonious Monk won a posthumous award for Best Historical Album for his collaboration with John Coltrane.
BMI also dominated categories designated for the jazz community's brightest up-and-comers, as worldwide phenomenon Jamie Cullum was named Rising Star Male Vocalist and Luciana Souza earned the Rising Star Female Vocalist title. SFJAZZ Collective nabbed Rising Star Jazz Group honors as well, while Derek Trucks was honored as Rising Star Blues Artist.
BMI's Downbeat Critics Poll Winners:
Hall of Fame
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane
Rising Star Jazz Group
Rising Star Electric Keyboard/Synthesizer
Rising Star Percussion
Jamie Cullum (PRS)
Rising Star Male Vocalist
Rising Star Female Vocalist
Rising Star Blues Artist
Rising Star Alto Saxophone
Rising Star Clarinet
Rising Star Flute