Lee Konitz who was at the 606 recently…. Sonny Rollins who’ll be in the 2009 London Jazz Festival…. and Maria Schneider whom I’m off to hear next month (more on that later!) head the list of 2009 JJA Award Winners just published by Allaboutjazz.com.
Here for comparison are the 2008 winners .
I was particularly pleased to see the Lifetime Achievement award for jazz journalism going to the best writer about jazz anywhere (discuss) Paris-based Mike Zwerin (above, photo Luciane Maia).
Can't argue with that (Mike Zwerin). If a jazz writer is also a first rate musician he's got to have the edge on those armchair critics who've never sat in a section or wailed in front of a trio or known the orgasmic sensation of creating a solo that says 'this is me'.