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Inaugural Jazz Music Awards

By Tammie Peterson

The Jazz Awards show debuted at the Atlanta, Georgia Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The ceremony featured an impressive line-up of artists that performed: Dianne Reeves, Jazzmeia Horn, Kenny Garrett, Ledisi and a host of others. Garrett and pianist Orrin Evans paid tribute to McCoy Tyner, who received the inaugural Jazz Legend Award. Tony Award-winning artist Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo served as hosts. The event is the brainchild of Wendy Williams, the general manager of the Clark Atlanta University jazz station WCLK-FM. The Jazz Awards received 327 submissions from all around the world for eight competitive categories: Best mainstream artist; Best Contemporary artist; Best Duo, group, or Big band; Best New Jazz artist; Best Vocal performance; Best Mainstream album; Best Contemporary album; and Song of the year. This was an exciting show to capture photo wise and to see jazz musicians honored on stage like other award shows.

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