You may have noticed a new button on OttawaJazzScene.ca which links to the Jazz Awards website.
Fifty-eight professional Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) members recently filed nominations for the 40-plus categories of excellence in music-making and music documentation that the JJA's Jazz Awards honor. Ottawa Jazz Scene publisher Brett Delmage is a JJA member, and he submitted nominations with valuable input from the Ottawa Jazz Scene team. A special effort was made to review the past year's achievments of Ottawa-Gatineau and Canadian jazz musicians, organizers, and journalists so they would not be overlooked for nominations. Ottawa-Gatineau and Canada have world-class jazz and improvising musicians that we can be proud of, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival is top-drawer. Yet, in the past, Canada's capital jazz talent has been nominated very infrequently for even the Canadian National Jazz Awards. We wanted to make sure that this talent was considered. After all, it's unlikely that someone in that other jazz capital, NYC, would do this!
You can follow the JJA Jazz Awards as they progress by clicking on the button in the left panel or visiting the Jazz Awards website.
No doubt there will be many exceptional and internationally-known artists showing up on the nominees list – and perhaps even some you know as neighbours.