2022 Jazz Music Awards Nominations and Honors: Full List – Billboard


Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural Jazz Music Awards, scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

Shorter, 88, rose to prominence in the late 1950s as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the 1960s, he joined the Miles Davis quintet and then co-founded the jazz fusion group Weather Report. Shorter, an 11-time Grammy winner, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2015 and the Polar Music Prize in 2017.


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Six other honorary prizes will be awarded at the Jazz Music Awards, in addition to eight competitive prizes.

The late pianist and composer McCoy Tyner, who died in 2020, will receive the Jazz Legend award. Modern jazz trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire to receive Jazz Innovator Award; singer, songwriter and educator Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds, the Jazz Education Award; avant-garde saxophonist, woodwind player and composer Henry Threadgill, the Jazz Composer Award; and veteran musician and educator James H. Patterson, the Jazz Impact Award.

The Baylor Project are the top nominees in the competitive categories, with three nominations for their album, Generations. The Baylor project is four times nominated for the Grammy Awards.

Next in line with two nominations each are Orrin Evans, Kenny Garrett, Brian Culbertson, Christian McBride and Brandee Younger.

“We are honored to recognize and showcase a diverse array of dynamic and innovative artists, including our six winners and 33 nominees,” Jazz Music Awards creator and executive producer Wendy F. Williams said in a statement. “We are officially the first and only awards show to exclusively celebrate jazz music on an international platform in North America… In recognizing our winners and nominees, we give thanks for their incredible artistry that fosters the richness of jazz tradition , which is an integral part of American music and culture.

The Jazz Music Awards will feature live performances from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ledisi, Lizz Wright and Jazzmeia Horn. Recording artist and songwriter Terri Lyne Carrington will serve as musical director and co-executive producer for the inaugural ceremony.

“The Jazz Music Awards are a necessary and important platform for the global jazz community,” Carrington said in a statement. “It is essential that we highlight and celebrate artists from all jazz hybrids, many of whom have been overlooked or unrecognized throughout their careers.”

The eligibility period for the inaugural awards ran from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. There are four nominees in most categories, but due to a tie, there are five nominees in the category of best duo, group or big band. Additionally, the Best International Artist (Contemporary or Mainstream) category did not receive enough nominations to make the final vote this year.

Tickets for the event, whose motto is “Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz,” went on sale Monday. For updates on the awards ceremony, visit jazzmusicawards.com.

Here is a full list of nominees in all eight competitive categories:

Best Mainstream Artist
Joey DeFrancesco, more music
Kenny Garrett, The sounds of the ancestors
Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Live at Village Vanguard
Brandee Young, somewhere different

Best Contemporary Artist
Brian Bromberg, Some catchy music
Ben Tankard, SHINE!
Lindsey Webster, “I Didn’t Mean It”
Ragan Whiteside, “Off the Cuff”

Best Duo, Group or Big Band
The Baylor Project, Generations
Jazzmeia Horn and her noble strength, Dear love
Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Live at Village Vanguard
Count Basie Orchestra, Living in Birdland
(edited by Scotty Barnhart)
Kevin Eubanks and Orrin Evans, EEE (Eubanks-Evans-Experience)

Best New Jazz Artist (Contemporary or Mainstream)
Simon Moulier, Countdown
Julieta Engenio, Jump
Kazemby George, I insist
Samara Joy, Samara Joy

Best Vocal Performance
The Baylor Project, Generations
Somi Kakoma, Dream Zenzile
Stacey Kent, Songs from elsewhere
Shawn Monteiro, You are the

Best Mainstream Album
The Baylor Project, Generations
Orrin Evans, The magic of today
Kenny Garrett, The sounds of the ancestors
Brandee Young, somewhere different

Best Contemporary Album
Bob Baldwin, The Stay Home Series, Volume 1
Brian Culbertson, The Red Trilogy
Sonny Emory, soul ascension
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Tongue and groove

Song of the Year (Fan Vote)
Norman Brown, “Back to You”
Brian Culbertson, “Feel the Love”
Justin-Lee Schultz, “Gruv Kid”
James “PJ” Spraggins, “Up From Here”

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