BMI jazz greats took home trophy after trophy during the annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, held Monday, June 14 in New York City. Legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano enjoyed a trio of wins, scoring Record of the Year for his album Folk Art, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year, and Small Ensemble Group of the Year with his group Joe Lovano Us Five.
2010 Grammy winner Kurt Elling was named Male Singer of the Year, while Roberta Gambarini was crowned Female Singer of the Year. Large Ensemble of the Year went to Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society as Argue underscored the power of his breakout year with the Up & Coming Artist of the Year win.
Accolades were also showered on BMI instrumentalist/composers. Terence Blanchard was tapped as Trumpeter of the Year, while Roswell Rudd, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Nicole Mitchell, Gary Smulyan, Jim Hall, Kenny Barron, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Holland, Cyro Baptista, Paul Motian and Evan Parker earned Trombonist, Alto Saxophonist, Flutist, Baritone Saxophonist, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Bassist, Percussionist, Drummer, and Soprano Saxophonist of the Year, respectively.
The stirring Anita O’ Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, produced by AOD Productions/Elan Entertainment, was named DVD of the Year, while icon James Moody received the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz.
For a complete list of winners, visit jjajazzawards.org.
For more information on the Jazz Journalists Association, visit JJANews.org.
2010 BMI JJA Jazz Award Winners
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Darcy James Argue
Large Ensemble of the Year
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Female Singer of the Year
Male Singer of the Year
Record of the Year
Folk Art, Joe Lovano, Blue Note Records
Small Ensemble Group of the Year
Joe Lovano Us Five
Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Trumpeter of the Year
Trombonist of the Year
Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Flutist of the Year
Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Guitarist of the Year
Pianist of the Year
Organist of the Year
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Bassist of the Year
Percussionist of the Year
Drummer of the Year
Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
DVD of the Year
Anita O’ Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, AOD Productions/Elan Entertainment