Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Cecile McLorin Savant were among the winners announced at the Jazz Journalists Association’s awards ceremony this week. Hancock won the JJA’s 2014 award for Lifetime Achievement In Jazz. McLorin Salvant was named Up And Coming Artist of the Year and Female Singer of the Year. Shorter is another double winner; JJA members named him Musician of the Year and his Without A Net album of the year. Schneider (pictured) hit a triple: She won as Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year, and her big band as Large Ensemble of the Year. W. Royal Stokes won the award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. Ethan Iverson’s Do The Math was named Blog of the Year. For a complete list, and photographs of most of the winners in 41 categories, go here.
Here’s Herbie Hancock with one of the lifetime achievements that figured in his award, his composition “Canteloupe Island,” played in a 1985 concert with Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone; Ron Carter, bass; and Tony Williams, drums.
Congratulations to Hancock and all of the JJA winners.