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Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland

Sunday, November 24th marked New York's premier jazz event of the season, the 6th New York City Readers Jazz Awards presented by Hot House Magazine, in partnership with Jazzmobile. A packed house at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club enjoyed an exciting night of music and recognition for the very finest musicians that New York City has to offer. After over 80,000 votes were cast by fans worldwide, winners of the awards were announced for each of the 19 categories. A portion of the net proceeds of ticket sales were donated to Jazzmobile to support its mission to present high quality education and performance programs - an endeavor that also provides employment opportunities for our musicians and vocalists. This year's honoree was broadcast icon Mark Ruffin, and the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to producer, director and philanthropist Nobuko "Cobi" Narita.

Attendees had the opportunity to witness rare musical collaborations between finalists including Paquito d'Rivera with Akua Dixon and Walter Garro; a spectacular performance by Sounds of A&R; and an All-Star Jam featuring winners John Minnock, Champian Fulton, Pureum Jin, Fukushi Tainaka, Corey Wallace and Lauren Sevian, as well as Ty Stephens, Lynette Washington, Johnny O'Neal, Brent Birckhead and Antoinette Montague. Danny Mixon's swingin' quartet was the house band for the evening. In addition, some of the most important names in the industry were in attendance, presenting awards throughout the evening.

This year’s winners include Pureum Jin who won Best Alto Saxophonist, Female Rising Star and Jazz Artist of the Year; Lauren Sevian who won Best Baritone Saxophonist; Linda May Han Oh who won Best Bassist; Anat Cohen who won Best Clarinetist; Fukushi Tainaka who won Best Drummer/ Percussionist; Champian Fulton who won Best Female Vocalist and Best Pianist;  Sounds of A&R who won Best Jazz Group; Flavio Silva who won Best Guitarist; Randall Haywood who won Male Rising Star; John Minnock who won Best Male Vocalist; Pat Bianchi who won Best Organist; Bart Platteau who won Best Player of a Rare Jazz Instrument; Roxy Coss who won Best Tenor Saxophonist; Corey Wallace who won Best Trombonist; Freddie Hendrix who won Best Trumpet Player; and Stefon Harris who won Best Vibraphonist.


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Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Robin Bell-Stevens (Jazzmobile) and Gwen Kelley (Hot House)

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Flavio Silva, winner of Best Guitar and Suzi Reynolds

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Danny Mixon, Antoinette Montague and Ty Stephens

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Stefon Harris, winner of Best Vibraphonist

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Mark Ruffin, Honoree

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Pureum Jin, winner of Best Alto Saxophonist, Rising Star and Jazz Artist of the Year

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Fukushi Tainaka, winner of Best Drummer

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lauren Sevian, winner of Best Baritone Saxophonist

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Sheila Anderson and Freddie Hendrix, winner of Best Trumpeter

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Corey Wallace, winner of Best Trombonist

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Champian Fulton, winner of Best Pianist and Best Female Vocalist

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
John Minnock, winner of Best Male Vocalist and Lydia Liebman

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Sounds of A and R, winner of Best Group and Randall Haywood, winner of Male Rising Star

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Cobi Narita with Perri Gaffney, Robin Bell-Stevens and family

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Cobi Narita with Perri Gaffney, Gwen Kelley and family

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Antoinette Montague

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Amina Figarova

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lynette Washington

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Ty Stephens and Antoinette Montague

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Pureum Jin

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Randall Haywood

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Flavio Silva

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Herb Boyd

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Stefon Harris

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Robin Bell-Stevens

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Mark Ruffin

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Antoinette Montague and Paquito D''Rivera

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Akua Dixon

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Tracy Hyter-Suffern

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lois Gilbert

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Champian Fulton

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lauren Sevian and Sheila Anderson

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Ty Stephens and Champian Fulton

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Pureum Jin

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Cobi Narita

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Johnny O''Neal

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Pureum Jin

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Lauren Sevian

Photo Flash: Jazz Stars Shine Bright At NYC Readers Jazz Awards At Birdland
Corey Wallace

 

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