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Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2019 Jazz Heroes

Jazzed Magazine • News • April 17, 2019

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Twenty-two “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz” in 20 U.S. cities have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association as the organization’s 2019 slate of Jazz Heroes. This year’s Heroes are all presenters, educators, non-profit administrators, public faces of grassroots organizations and in several cases active players sustaining and developing America’s native-born music in their local communities and beyond. The complete list of honorees can be viewed at
Tenor saxophonist Paul Carr, founder of Washington D.C.’s Jazz Academy of Music; singer Suzanne Cloud, former executive director of Philadelphia’s Jazz Bridge; Tallahassee-based pianist Bob Dogan, mentoring young players; flutist Holly Hofmann, founder of the UC San Diego Jazz Camp; trumpeter Steve Kenny, who’s established series at St. Paul’s Black Dog café and Minneapolis’ Jazz Central Studio; and New Orleans brass band drummer Derrick Tabb, who established the Roots of Music after-school program, are among the musicians doing something extra that will be honored.

Harlem salon hostess Marjorie Eliot; Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest producer David Allee; executive director of Portland’s Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Don Lucoff; and drummers John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen, who run Origin Records and launched the Ballard Jazz Festival, are also named as Jazz Heroes.

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