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Celebrate the 2011 JJA Jazz Awards at a Satellite Party Near You on June 11!

With NARAS' (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) intractable "it's our way or the highway" stance regarding the elimination of 31 GRAMMY categories (including "Latin Jazz" and "Contemporary Jazz"), is there another awards show that jazz lovers can turn their attention to? Is there an organization out there that cares about acknowledging the depth and breadth of the genre? Why, yes there is! We can look to the JJA (Jazz Journalists Assn's) Jazz Awards! 

 The who? The what awards? The JJA Jazz Awards! Here's a blurb about the awards from their website:

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Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 06 June 2011

This is the weekly US/Canada radio airplay list from JazzWeek.com. Want to see stats regarding how many radio stations played your favorite album or how much it moved up or down the chart from last week? Click here.

Charlie Haden - Sophisticated Ladies 1       AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE When The Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)

2       TERELL STAFFORD This Side Of Strayhorn (Max Jazz)

3       BENNY GREEN Source (JLP)

4       MONTY ALEXANDER Uplift (JLP)

5       ERIC REED The Dancing Monk (Savant)

6       ERIC ALEXANDER Don’t Follow The Crowd (HighNote)  

7       SEAN JONES No Need For Words (Mack Avenue)

8       KARRIN ALLYSON Round Midnight (Concord Jazz)

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EoJ Tip: Mike Stern Band featuring Bob Malach, Esperanza Spalding & Lionel Cordew!

(l) Mike Stern, (top r) Lionel Cordew, Esperanza SpaldingWant a great way to celebrate the summer solstice? You should go see some live jazz!

Are you in the New York City area? You should plan to see live jazz in the form of guitarist Mike Stern with saxophonist Bob Malach, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Lionel Cordew! There will be a five (5) night engagement (21st-25th June 2011) at the cozy Iridium Jazz Club at 51st and Broadway. 

The lead is Mike Stern - some of my readers that have been around for awhile may remember him from his stint in the mid '70s with the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears. Or, you may recall him as part of Miles Davis' small combo in the beginning of the 80s that also included saxophonist Bill Evans and bass player Marcus Miller

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Seven For Saturday: 7 Branford Marsalis Videos

Branford Marsalis"Seven for Saturday" is a great way to see some of the men and women of jazz in action.  Today, you get to sit back and enjoy the musical stylings of Branford Marsalis!

"This New Orleans native was born into one of that city’s most distinguished musical families, which includes patriarch/pianist/educator Ellis and Branford’s siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason.  Branford gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet in the early 1980s before forming his own ensemble.  He has also performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.

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