The Jazz Journalists Association has announced the winners of this year’s JJA Jazz Awards, and two Northwest names are in the mix.
Seattle Times jazz critic Paul de Barros topped the Best Book About Jazz category with “Shall We Play That One Together?” (St. Martin’s Press). It’s a critically acclaimed biography of Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and host of NPR’s long-running “Piano Jazz.”
Coincidentally, Jim Wilke, host of the radio show “Jazz After Hours,” won the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting. The show is produced at Hatchcover Productions in Seattle.
The JJA awards for media were announced yesterday at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Winners in musical categories, announced May 1, include:
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz: Wayne Shorter
Musician of the Year: Wadada Leo Smith
Composer/Arranger of the Year: Maria Schneider
Up and Coming Artist of the Year: Aaron Diehl
For a complete list of winners, go to the JJA Jazz Awards website.