Two Seattle jazz musicians were honored today with awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, based in New York. Bill Frisell was named Guitarist of the Year and trombonist Julian Priester was chosen as one of 26 “Jazz Heroes” on regional scenes around the country. Priester, 77, received the award at a ceremony Tuesday night at Tula’s nightclub. Priester recently retired from his position as instructor at Cornish College for the Arts and is a veteran of the bands of Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock and Max Roach, among others.
(Courtesy of Julian Priester)