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MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR

Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone)
Chick Corea (keyboards)
Dave Douglas (trumpet)
Peter Evans (trumpet)
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)

RECORD LABELS OF THE YEAR

CLEAN FEED
ECM
LEO
NO BUSINESS
STEEPLECHASE

VENUES OF THE YEAR

BAR NEXT DOOR (West Village)
DIZZY'S CLUB (Columbus Circle)
JAZZ STANDARD (Murray Hill/Gramercy)
ROULETTE (SoHo)
THE STONE (Alphabet City)

PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR

JOSHUA REDMAN DOUBLE TRIO
Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers, Brian Blade, Greg Hutchinson

Highline Ballroom, January 21st

WALTER THOMPSON SOUNDPAINTING ORCHESTRA WITH ANTHONY BRAXTON
Irondale Center, April 18th

ROB BROWN / CRAIG TABORN / NASHEET WAITS
Vision Festival, Abrons Arts Center, June 13th

NANCY KING/FRED HERSCH
The Kitano, June 26th

JOHN PATITUCCI / JOE LOVANO / BRIAN BLADE
Dizzy's Club, August 23rd

JOHN SURMAN QUARTET
John Abercrombie, Drew Gress, Jack DeJohnette
Birdland, September 5th

EVAN PARKER / MILFORD GRAVES
The Stone, October 3rd

BOBBY BRADFORD OCTET
Baikida Carroll, David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, James Weidman, Mark Helias, Andrew Cyrille
Jazz Standard, October 4th

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS / FRED ANDERSON
Community Church of New York, October 16th

JOHN BUTCHER
solo and with Okkyung Lee
Issue Project Room, November 11th
—Laurence Donohue-Greene

BY ANY MEANS
Charles Gayle, William Parker, Rashied Ali
Winter Jazzfest, Kenny's Castaways, January 10th

THE NECKS
Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton, Tony Buck
Le Poisson Rouge, February 10th

LISTENING IN, FEEDING BACK
James Fei / Kato Hideki / Nakamura Toshimara / Alvin Lucier / Otomo Yoshihide
Miller Theatre, February 13th

JAAP BLONK / JOAN LA BARBARA
The Human Voice in a New World Festival, Frederick Loewe Theatre NYU, February 23rd

RAZ MESINAI
Roulette, Mar. 29th

MARC RIBOT'S SUN SHIP
Mary Halvorson, Chad Taylor, Jason Ajemian
The Stone, May 14th

COLLECTIVE QUARTET
Zim Ngqawana, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Nasheet Waits
Vision Festival, Abrons Arts Center, June 12th

STEVEN BERNSTEIN MILLENIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE TO SLY STONE
Castle Clinton, July 16th

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS / FRED ANDERSON
Community Church of New York, October 16th

INCUS FESTIVAL
Cyro Baptista, Min Xiao-Fen, Fred Frith, Milford Graves, Susie Ibarra, George Lewis, Richard Teitelbaum, John Zorn
Abrons Arts Center, October 18th
—Kurt Gottschalk

THE NECKS
Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton, Tony Buck
Le Poisson Rouge, February 10th

COSMOLOGIC
Jason Robinson, Michael Dessen, Nate Hubbard, Scott Walton
Le Grand Dakar, February 19th

MICHAEL MANRING SOLO
The Stone, March 26th

TOMASZ STANKO GROUP
Craig Taborn, Thomas Morgan, Jim Black
Merkin Hall, April 4th

INTERSTELLAR SPACE TRIBUTE
Darius Jones / Jackson Krall; Ras Moshe / Tyshawn Sorey; Ned Rothenberg / Samir Chatterjee
The Local 269, April 20th

SEX MOB
Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen
Joe's Pub, July 21st

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA NORTH SEA QUARTET
Craig Taborn, Francois Moutin, Dan Weiss
Iridium, September 2nd

GEORGE GARZONE / BOB GULLOTTI / TAKEO MORIYAMA
Cornelia Street Cafe, October 15th

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS / FRED ANDERSON
Community Church of New York, October 16th
-Andrey Henkin

DAVE HOLLAND OCTET
Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Gary Smulyan, Antonio Hart, Robin Eubanks, Steve Nelson, Nate Smith
Birdland, January 7th

THE "WATTS" PROJECT
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride
Winter Jazzfest, Le Poisson Rouge, January 10th

EDDIE PALMIERI LA PERFECTA II
Rose Hall, February 7th

JASON MORAN'S THE BIG BANDWAGON
Town Hall, February 27th

BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET
Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, Jeff "Tain" Watts
Jazz Standard, May 6th

BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO
Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard
Village Vanguard, May 7th

BILLY HARPER QUINTET
Francesca Tanksley, Freddie Hendrix, Clarence Seay, Aaron Scott
MoMA Sculpture Garden, July 12th

CEDAR WALTON QUARTET
Vincent Herring, David Williams, Joe Farnsworth
Dizzy's Club, August 4th

CECIL TAYLOR TRIO
Alby Balgochian, Jackson Krall
Highline Ballroom, August 31st

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & INSIDE STRAIGHT
Steve Wilson, Peter Martin, Carl Allen, Warren Wolf
Village Vanguard, November 15th
—Russ Musto

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR



DARCY JAMES ARGUE'S SECRET SOCIETY—Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)


DAVID BINNEY—Third Occasion (Mythology)


GERALD CLAYTON—Two-Shade (ArtistShare)


HERCULANEUM—Herculaneum III (Clean Feed)


VIJAY IYER TRIO—Historicity (ACT Music)


STEVE LEHMAN OCTET—Travail Transformation and Flow (Pi)


SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE—Live 2009: The Works of McCoy Tyner (SFJazz)


EDWARD SIMON—Poesi

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