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By Published: June 8, 2005
The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) will hold its ninth annual awards ceremony for Jazz musicians and their supporters June 14 at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. in NYC. The ceremony is a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund and for the JJA's educational initiatives. Special guests at this year's event include actor Robert Wisdom (from HBO's series The Wire) and Kym Hampton, niece of the late Lionel Hampton and founding member of the NY Liberty basketball team. Scheduled performers include Sy Johnson's 75th Birthday Septet, drummer Jack DeJohnette, singer Nnenna Freelon, and ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competition winners Maurice Brown, Quamon Fowler and Bob Reynolds. Information about the supper, 2005 JJA Jazz Awards nominees, and the history of the awards ceremony and past winners can be at their website.

BET Jazz is sponsoring a number of summer Jazz festivals in the U.S. including the JVC Jazz Festivals in Miami Beach, FL (June 1-5), NYC (June 13-26), Chicago (July 21-23) and Concord, CA (August 20), the J&R Music World Downtown Jazz Festival in NYC (August 21-23) and the Chicago Jazz Festival (September 2-5).

And Finally . . .

XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading provider of satellite radio with more than four million subscribers, and Jazz at Lincoln Center have announced a four-year agreement for XM to broadcast live each day from new state-of-the-art XM studios at J@LC's new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St. in NYC. Rose Hall will be the home base for a number of XM's music channels including Real Jazz and On Broadway. XM will also record and broadcast selected live concerts hosted by J@LC at Rose Hall performance venues. The partners will co-produce new shows for broadcast, as well as create, promote and distribute other Jazz programming.

"America's home for Jazz is now a home for XM satellite radio, said XM president and CEO Hugh Panero. "Jazz at Lincoln Center is a fantastic organization that shares XM's passion for music, and this partnership gives XM an extraordinary opportunity to broadcast concerts from Jazz at Lincoln Center and produce other world-class programs for the millions of XM listeners across the country.

"XM is a visionary broadcast venture that is changing the landscape of the American music scene, said Wynton Marsalis, J@LC artistic director and a member of XM's Artist Family. "Jazz at Lincoln Center and XM is a perfect fit because of the unlimited range of new music and educational programs. We love it and can't wait to begin!

As mentioned before in this space, the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop moves to the University of New Mexico in July after twenty-two years in Port Townsend, WA. While there it was known as the Centrum Jazz Workshop, which continues in Port Townsend under the direction of bassist John Clayton. Bud's week-long event, July 17-24, brings to Albuquerque an outstanding faculty that includes Bob Florence, Carl Saunders, Bobby Shew, Jay Thomas, Pete Christlieb, Kim Richmond, Bill Ramsay, Brian Williams, Jiggs Whigham, Ron Escheté, George Cables, Randy Halberstadt, Dave Peck, Chuck Deardorf, Dave Friesen, Joe LaBarbera and Gary Hobbs. It will be held in connection with a three-day Southwest Jazz Party (July 21-23) featuring performances by Workshop faculty and students, Jane Bunnett's Spirits of Havana, an all-star big band conducted by Maria Schneider, and quartets led by Shank, Shew, Steve Turre and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. For information, phone 505-255-9798.

And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin'!

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