Monday, October 20, 2014

Looking Ahead: Southwest Florida jazz preview

The 2014-15 jazz concert season is under way. Here is a rundown of noteworthy jazz events, principally in the Sarasota to Naples territory, between now and the end of the year.

  • Monday, October 27 – The Music of Horace Silver performed by the University of South Florida Faculty Jazz Ensemble (Jack Wilkins, Tom Brantley, Matt McCarthy, LaRue Nickelson, Mark Neuenschwander, Chris Rottmayer, Ric Craig), USF Concert Hall, Tampa, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29 – Vibes player Jason Marsalis (younger brother of Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton) is the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra’s special guest for this concert. Daniels Pavilion, Naples. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 10 – Pianist Johnny Varro’s Swing Seven. Charlotte County Jazz Society’s Artists Series. Cultural Center of Charlotte County. 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 21-Sunday, November 23 – The 24th annual Suncoast Jazz Classic pretty much takes over two Clearwater Beach hotel resorts (the Sheraton Sand Key and the Marriott Sand Key) for its annual traditional jazz bash.
  • Monday, December 8 – New England-based hard-bop saxophonist Greg Abate makes his biennial visit to the Charlotte County Jazz Society’s Artists Series. Cultural Center of Charlotte County. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10 – Pianist Uri Caine is the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra’s special guest. Daniels Pavilion, Naples. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • POSTPONED UNTIL 2015 DUE TO ILLNESS: Saturday, December 13 – Singer-pianist Diana Krall. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota.
  • Sunday, December 14 – The Four Freshmen, South County Jazz Club concert series, Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 18 – Bop pianist Hod O’Brien with singers Stephanie Nakasian and Veronica O’Brien (their daughter). South County Jazz Club concert, Venice Art Center, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 18 – Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, Straz Center, Tampa, 8 p.m.
  • Harry Allen
  • Saturday, December 20 – Guitarist Nate Najar’s trio with special guest Harry Allen, South County Jazz Club concert series, Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota, 8 p.m.

Several local restaurants (including J.D.’s in Port Charlotte, The Orange House in Punta Gorda, The Roadhouse in Ft. Myers, and Alto in Naples) offer jazz steadily. A variety of matinee concerts sponsored all season by the Jazz Club of Sarasota and the South County Jazz Club also keep things swinging for jazz lovers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Two different yet effective jazz vocal approaches

Dave Pruyn
The Charlotte County Jazz Society opened its 25th anniversary season Monday night with a double concert featuring two Florida-based singers with very different, yet very effective, approaches to the Great American Songbook and jazz canon.

Dave Pruyn opened the evening with an hour-long "Notes in Velvet" tribute set that celebrated his love and respect for late singer Mel Torme, who was nicknamed The Velvet Fog." Pruyn, who is a musical triple threat as a singer, drummer and trumpeter, worked in Torme's big band horn section on several southern tours in the early 1980s. Pruyn possesses a fine, Torme-like voice, though he was careful to bring his own sound to the Charlotte Cultural Center stage in Port Charlotte. His fine rhythm section included pianist Stan Collins, bassist Charlie Silva and drummer Barry Smith.

D. Pruyn, Charlie Silva, Michelle Pruyn
One highlight was Pruyn and Collins romp through "Start All Over Again," including a J.S. Bach interlude segment that was a Torme concert staple. The show ended with another surprise tribute, when Pruyn's wife, Michelle James Pruyn, joined the fun for a spirited take on the Rosemary Clooney hit "Mambo Italiano" (with Dave backing on trumpet) and a 16th anniversary duet with her hubby on "Memories of You."

Paulette Pepper, James Snyder
 Paulette Pepper and her band, Fine Thyme, performed the second half of the evening, with a set that revealed the singer's friskier swing style and looser programming. She made it a point throughout the set to spotlight each band member at great length, instrumentally and/or vocally. The band included reed player James Snyder, pianist Randy Morris, bassist Billy Pillucere and drummer Patricia Dean, who also was featured vocally on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."

Pepper, Billy Pillucere
Highlights included her sultry duet with bassist Pillucere on "Just Squeeze Me" and the band's romp through "Basin Street Blues" and "One Note Samba." Pepper opened with "I Love Being Here With You" - and it turned into a statement of fact as well as a lyric. And the Port Charlotte audience loves her too. 
Stan Collins, Charlie Silva, Dave Pruyn, Barry Smith
Randy Morris, Pepper, Billy Pillucere, Patricia Dean, James Snyder

Monday, October 6, 2014

A generations-leaping jazz adventure

I’ve spent the last few days listening closely to Cheek to Cheek, the ambitious new recording by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. It debuted September 23 and soared to #1 on the Billboard 200 list. It also topped the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. Cheek to Cheek sold 131,000 copies in the week ending September 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Bennett is 88 and Lady Gaga is 28, yet they found common ground in exploring the Great American Songbook, which has always been Bennett’s forte. Gaga has also loved it, to a larger degree than most of her fans knew or appreciated.

Bennett-Gaga duets are the heart of the session, which teams them on various tracks with Bennett’s longstanding quartet or a Gaga quintet. At times, a full orchestra with strings or a rich jazz brass section also supports them. Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano solos on “Anything Goes,” “I Won’t Dance” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” Flute player Paul Horn, who passed away in late June, soloed on “Nature Boy.”

Bennett performs solo on “Don’t Wait Too Long” and “Sophisticated Lady,” while Lady Gaga performs solo on “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and “Lush Life.” Bennett’s take on Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” glimmers in its simplicity – with the singer backed only by pianist Mike Renzi. Lady Gaga’s version of  “Lush Life opens similarly – with just pianist Tom Ranier backing her, until subtle strings emerge. Bennett and Lady Gaga’s playful interaction highlights “Goody Goody,” on which they are backed by Tony’s quartet with Renzi, guitarist Gray Sargent, bassist Marshall Wood and drummer Harold Jones.

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” is a most-appropriate closer for this session. The Bennett-Gaga synergy underscores the importance of this genre of music and its ability to bridge generations.

There are several takeaways here.

  •  The project is introducing many Lady Gaga fans to the Great American Songbook.
  •  It has worked like a Fountain of Youth for Bennett, who doesn’t sound like he’s anywhere close to pushing 90.
  • It was not made to be an over-the-top entertainment spectacle one normally associates with the usually flamboyant Lady Gaga and so many of today’s pop concert performers. Rather, it is a collaboration that makes music for music’s sake.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CDs of Note - Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by Dr. John, Mark Elf, Fred Hersch and Jane Potter.…

Everybody in jazz owes a tip of the hat to Louis Armstrong. His melodic phrasing and inventiveness as an improviser set the early bar for jazz. Dr. John and a variety of special guests have indeed tipped the hat with the singer-pianist’s newest CD, Ske-Dat-De-Dat, (title derived from an Armstrong’s skat). The disc contains a baker’s dozen of tunes associated with Armstrong, performed in new contexts, with Dr. John’s guests running the gamut from jazz soloists to singers from the gospel, R&B, blues and rap genres. And it works.

You’ll hear the Blind Boys of Alabama on tracks with trumpeters Nicholas Payton (the opener, “What a Wonderful World”) and Terence Blanchard (“Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams”). Bonnie Raitt teams up with the good doctor on “”I’ve Got the World on a String” while Shemekia Copeland cameos on “Sweet Hunk O’Trash.” Poet/rapper Mike Ladd is featured with Blanchard on “Mack the Knife” and R&B singer Anthony Hamilton is on “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Trumpeters James Andrews, Wendell Brunious and Arturo Sandoval are also part of this Armstrong party. R&B singer Ledisi turns in the finest recorded performance I’ve heard from her on “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.” In appropriate New Orleans fashion, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band romps through the closer, “When You’re Smiling (the Whole World Smiles With You).” There is much here to smile about, while you tap your feet of course.

Mark Elf, Mark Elf Returns 2014 (Jen Bay)
Welcome back, Mark Elf. The versatile Long Island-based guitarist is indeed back, and in fine form. He recorded 10 self-produced recordings, nine of them in an annual spate between1997-2004 and another, Liftoff, in 2006. This one got delayed, partially by October 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out Elf’s home and much of his East Rockaway NY neighborhood. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, he’s recording again. This is Elf’s third recording with the ace rhythm section of pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash, mixing it up on originals and standards. Percussionist Steve Kroon joins the band on Elf’s “Michellie’s Mambo.” Favorite tracks, the blues “Low Blow,” featuring Elf on the baritone guitar, and “The Sandy Effect,” an aching ballad inspired by the storm that interrupted his music. Elf hasn’t lost his sense of humor, calling it “one song I wish I hadn’t been inspired to write.”
Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto)
Pianist Fred Hersch, one of the great modern jazz pianists out of Bill Evans’ lineage, is out with another Gem. Floating teams Hersch with his longtime trio-mates, bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson in a beautifully intense exploration of originals and some uncommon standards from the jazz and popular song repertoires. Favorites among Hersch’s several originals are the title track and the rollicking “Home Fries.” The covers are “You and the Night and the Music” and “If Ever I Would Leave You.” The trio closes the set with the wonderfully angular Thelonious Monk tune, “Let’s Cool One.” This CD is a master class in the art of the trio.

Jane Potter Trio, Now I Know (self-produced)
Boston-based pianist and singer Jane Potter teaches at the Berklee College of Music by day. At night, you’re likely to find her performing at the Oak Bar in Copley Square or the Top of the Hub. She has mastered the fine art of balancing her vocals and her keyboard work so that each enhances the other. Her laid-back sense of time helps the music breathe when she’s singing. Her piano chops are strong and adventurous in vocal-free segments. The simpatico trio mates are bassist Thomas Hebb (who also joins Potter for a vocal duet on the standard “Beautiful Friendship”) and drummers Bob Savine or Steve Langone (tracks 5 and 10). Favorite tracks: “Time After Time,” “Everything I Have is Yours, “I Remember You,” "What a Difference a Day Made" and Potter’s own sprightly instrumental “Stability.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A jazz matinee with Larry Camp, Marty Morell, Bruce Wallace

Larry Camp
Bassist Bruce Wallace opened the South County Jazz Club's 2014-15 concert season Friday afternoon with a top-notch trio whose members had never worked together in this personnel grouping. It featured guitarist Larry Camp and drummer Marty Morell, best known in jazz circles for his seven-year stint in pianist Bill Evans' trio from 1968 to 1975.

Marty Morell
Musically, it was a fine, and poignant, afternoon at the Venice (FL) Art Center. This was Wallace's third consecutive season opener for the jazz club. Powerhouse pianist Kenny Drew Jr. had been pencilled in for the gig - until his unexpected death on August 3.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

CDs of Note - Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by Roberto Magris, Dan Moretti and Ernie Watts….

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jazz In The Key of Light [updated info]

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, “Jazz in the Key of Light” (Eighty of our Finest Jazz Musicians Speak for Themselves), was self-published in a limited edition on October 15. 

This is not your typical fine art photography book. Images of the featured artists, in performance or moments of personal reflection, are paired with illuminating quotes from interviews I had with those musicians in assignments for a variety of mainstream and music publications over the past 30 years.  
The spotlighted musicians range from legends Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to a variety of today’s rising stars. Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein wrote the Foreword. 

“Ken has leveraged his backstage pass to bring jazz fans closer to the music’s human source. Jazz In The Key of Light’s connection of words and images is a powerful complement to the music, since listeners often have no other statement from artists besides their art. As a result, we feel closer to the musician as a person.” 
        – Al Basile, poet, songwriter, and jazz & blues cornetist

“Jazz in the Key of Light,” published in hardcover format with dust jacket, retails at $59.95 (plus tax where applicable, and $5.99 shipping and handling). It is also available for purchase through

Orders for signed or inscribed copies can be made directly, payable by check or through PayPal. Contact me for details at

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Moving from the disco ball to the jazz supper club

Singer Evelyn Thomas, best known for 1980s hit songs in the disco and Hi-NRG dance club genre, is revisiting her roots as a singer. While not abandoning her dance music work, she has gone back to jazz. And she’s loving it.

Thomas made her local jazz debut Saturday night, September 13, at JD’s Bistro & Grille in Port Charlotte FL with her backing trio. She drew an enthusiastic audience for her blend of material from the canon of jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, and what we might call new standard fare: pop-associated material richly deserving of jazz treatments. Last night, JD’s had the feel and temperature of a fine New York supper club, a venue where Thomas and her backing trio plan to be Saturday night regulars.
Thomas’s spot-on vocals and her approach to her material reveal her influences from her early years as developing singer: particularly Nancy Wilson. The second set included Murray Grand’s haunting, lovelorn ballad “Guess Who I Saw Today,” which was a jazz vocal hit for Wilson in 1960. Other treats: her takes on the Shirley Horn- and Joe Williams-associated “Here’s to Life,” and one of those newer standards, “When October Goes” a 1984 Barry Manilow hit that combined his music with lyrics by the late Johnny Mercer.

Chicago-native Thomas has lived in southwest Florida for the past 21 years, using Port Charlotte as home base for her occasional disco-related tours to Europe as well as U.S. gigs. But she hadn’t immersed herself in the rather healthy local jazz scene – until now.

 “I still love that world (disco and Hi-NRG),” Thomas told me. “When they call, I’ve got to go (back to the world of dance clubs and disco balls), but I’m loving this too. I never left jazz, but now I’m doing more of it."

Thomas’s trio included her husband, Anthony Simpson (piano), Mark Fitzpatrick (electric bass) and Bob Ryan (drums). Their support was excellent.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jazz in the Catskills

As a native son of Woodstock NY, best known to many over the past five decades as the namesake of a rock music festival that was held 60 miles away as the crows fly, an announcement this week came as welcome news.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Looking Ahead: Southwest Florida 2014-15 jazz season approaches

Here’s a preview of some of the more interesting jazz events in the Sarasota to Naples territory. The 2014-15 concert season hits full steam in October.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CDs of Note – Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by The Cookers, Theo Croker, Laura Dubin and Rotem Sivan ….

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another jazz postcard from Newport

As George Wein said in 1954: "A little rain can't stop us"
Even in fine weather, the logistics are mind-boggling. Three stages running simultaneously, with jazz to savor set by set or as a smorgasbord. Forty-three different acts over three afternoons at Fort Adams State Park, and two evening sets at historic Newport Casino, better known today as the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 
The fans turned out despite heavy rain on Saturday, August 2 and intermittent drizzle on Sunday. This was the 60th anniversary edition of producer George Wein's first festival - and the sea of colorful umbrellas, ponchos and rain suits added to the ambience. The mud, not so much.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stepping up mightily

Joe Lovano
The jazz community has a proud tradition of jumping in to help out a great cause, particularly when it involves one of their own. They’re doing it again this weekend in northern New Jersey.  

Blue Note Records Chairman Emeritus Bruce Lundvall, the man who revived Blue Note as a powerful jazz label in 1984, has organized an all-star concert called the Sunrise Senior Living Jazz Festival. It is being held the afternoon and evening of Sunday, August 24, at Brighton Gardens of Saddle River.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jazz postcard from Newport

Here is some more color, memories if you will, from the 60th anniversary edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, August 1-3. This was my 33rd festival in 34 years, covering for various employers and freelance assignments.

Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CDs of Note - Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by Dee Alexander, Joe Beck, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble…

Friday, August 8, 2014

Love and reverence for a jazz tradition

The 60th anniversary edition of the Newport Jazz Festival turned into a weekend of love and reverence toward its founding producer, George Wein. He started the event in 1954 with backers Elaine and Louis Lorillard, a high society couple who wanted to liven up the summer social season.

More than a dozen jazz festival producers from venues across the U.S. and around the globe were on hand last weekend. Many of them introducing bands of the three festival stages at Fort Adams State Park, all of them thanking Wein either publicly or privately for starting the jazz festival tradition in which they are all now involved so deeply.

Wein’s current operation, The Newport Festivals Foundation (nonprofit successor to his long-running Festival Productions Inc.), is one of 16 or so members of the International Jazz Festivals Organization. Its members work together to develop synergies and to keep an eye on emerging talent the world over. They meet four times a year, with the U.S. meeting usually taking place in New York in September. This year, they adjusted their schedules to meet in Newport in August.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival @ 60: lots of rain, great musical moments, loyal fans [updated]

The Newport Jazz Festival, grandaddy of outdoor music festivals all over the world, marked its 60th anniversary over the weekend in grand, loving and soggy fashion. 

The August 1-3 event was quite the extravaganza, keeping we writers and photographers racing from stage to stage to stage in pursuit of its strong lineups and great music. There were top-flight bands no matter your style preference, and none disappointed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CDs of Note - Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by the Larry Goldings-Peter Bernstein-Bill Stewart trio, and singers Sherie Julianne and Lisa Thorson ….

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Farewell, Charlie...

Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, 
Montreal 2008
It's been a rainy day here in Florida, and such weather gave me a grand opportunity to revisit some of my favorite music by bassist, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden, who left us last week at age 76 after a prolonged illness.

My clear favorites among the extensive Haden discography include two of his duet projects (Steal Away with pianist Hank Jones and Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) with guitarist Pat Metheny), any of his eight recordings by the film noir-inspired Quartet West (but particularly Haunted Heart, released in 1992), and 2005's Not in Our Name by the Liberation Music Orchestra that he co-led with pianist Carla Bley.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Newport beckons

The 60th anniversary edition* of the Newport Jazz Festival is fast approaching. My bags and gear aren’t packed yet, but I’m preparing for my 33rd Newport festival in 34 years. (Since the festival returned to the City By The Sea in 1981, I only missed 1983 due to a fellowship commitment in Michigan.)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

CDs of Note - Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by Jeff Colella and Putter Smith, Miles Davis, John Intrator and Sébastien Felix, and the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra….

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Looking Ahead: Southwest Florida jazz in the summer

The snowbird concert season for jazz may be over in the Sarasota to Naples territory, but there’s still jazz to be found. Most of it is in the form of regular gigs at restaurants that offer jazz multiple times a week.

 They include J.D.’s in Port Charlotte (after its vacation week hiatus ends July 8), The Orange House in Punta Gorda, The Roadhouse in Ft. Myers, The Haye Loft upstairs at Euphemia Hay on Longboat Key, and a most-welcome new kid on the block. 

The jazz newcomer (since February), is Chef Charles Mereday’s Alto - Live Jazz, Kitchen in Naples, which offers jazz nightly as a complement to its fine dining (though there is no music on Mondays or Tuesdays for tyhe rest of the summer). It’s located at 492 Bayfront Place in the heart of Naples’ vibrant, upscale Bayfront complex near the corner of Tamiami Trail and Goodlette Frank Road. The lineup changes nightly. It includes a fabulous quintet on Saturdays co-led by trumpeter Dan Miller and tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, with Joe Delaney on piano, Don Mopsick on bass and Patricia Dean on drums. It’s a tight bop unit. If you find yourself in Naples, be sure to check out Alto. It was inspired by Philadelphia’s wonderful Zanzibar Blue, an upscale jazz-and-dining venue in Center City where Mereday was executive chef from 1996-1998. Much to the dismay of Philly jazz fans, Zanzibar Blue closed in 2007 after the landlord proposed doubling the rent. 

Jam sessions or sit-in opportunities remain a staple of the local scene as well. You can find them at Ocean Blues in Sarasota on Mondays, Allegro Bistro in Venice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Cactus Jack’s in North Fort Myers on Wednesdays. Drummer Al Hixon’s Monday night jams at 15 South on St. Armand’s Circle will resume in October, as will the Charlotte County Jazz Society’s jams on the fourth Sunday of the month at Port Charlotte Golf Club.

There is at least one notable jazz concert scheduled this summer, arriving on Saturday, August 23. Pianist Shelly Berg and an all-star student jazz group from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music perform at Riverview High School Performing Arts Center in Sarasota. This is a Jazz Club of Sarasota event, sponsored by The Jazz Cruise. It’s a 7:30 p.m. start.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jazz Profile: "The Nurturer"

Marcus Belgrave 

Hot House has just published my profile of Marcus Belgrave, the trumpet great who has called Detroit home for more than 50 years, and mentored an amazing array of jazz talents who have come out of the Motor City. 

In the July issue of the magazine, he also talks about the nurturing he received from Clifford Brown, when they were adolescents in a community band in Delaware, and his first road boss – Ray Charles, as well as his take on the fine art of jazz soloing. You can read it here. Belgrave and his band appear July 22-24 at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We lost a jazz giant

The jazz world is mourning yesterday’s passing of composer, pianist and bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Horace Silver. He was truly one of the greats, helping create the hard bop genre in the 1960s and leaving as his legacy a wonderful trove of soulful, funky and catchy tunes. He was a Stan Getz sideman early in his career, co-founded  the Jazz Messengers with Art Blakey, and his own band was a wonderful talent springboard over the years.

His best-known composition, of course, was “Song For My Father,” which he penned in 1964 as a tribute to his dad. So it is rather ironic that Silver left us just a couple days after Father’s Day. But there were other great tunes as well – “The Preacher,” Tokyo Blues, “Filthy McNasty, “Doodlin’,” “Blowin’ The Blues Away” and “The Jody Grind.” The list goes on and on.

Monday, June 16, 2014

CDs of Note - Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by five pianists: Francy Boland, George Cables, Ellen Rowe, Jamie Saft and Omar Sosa.…

Friday, June 13, 2014

And the winners are….

The Jazz Journalists’ Association presented the media portion of its 18th annual Jazz Awards this week at the Blue Note in New York. The full list of winners is detailed at (scroll down).
  • Three musicians won crossover honors. Pianist Ethan Iverson was honored for the year’s best blog for Do The Math. Vibes player Gary Burton won Best Book of the Year category for his autobiography, Learning To Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton (Berklee Press). Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, the host of the NPR series Jazz Set, received the JJA's Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting. (Burton also won musical honors, announced in April, as Mallet Player of the Year).
  • Veteran author, editor, educator and radio show host W. Royal Stokes received JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award.
  • Freelance writer Nate Chinen won the Helen Oakley Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing in 2013.
    Benny Golson, by Antonio Porcar Cano
  • Spanish photographer Antonio Porcar Cano was honored for the competition’s Photo of the Year for his wonderful image of saxophonist Benny Golson, taken last July  26 at the  Festival Internacional de Jazz de Peñíscola.
  • Videographer John Moultrie won the Best Short Form Jazz News Video category for "Gary Bartz Talks About Drug Use Among Jazz Greats."
Two perennial winners, JazzTimes magazine and, won again in their respective categories, Best Print Periodical and Best Jazz Website.