Samara Joy

Best New Artist

Ragan Whiteside

Best Contemporary Artist

Christian McBride and Inside Straight

Best Mainstream Artist

Somi and Stacey Kent

Best Vocal Performance (Tie)

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Best Duo, Group & Big Band

 Bob Baldwin

Best Contemporary Album

Orrin Evans and Kenny Garrett

Best Mainstream Album (Tie)

Jazz Music Awards

Photographer Daniel Morrison


 Lifetime Achievement Award

Wayne Shorter

Jazz Legend Award

McCoy Tyner


 Jazz Impact Award

James H. Patterson

Jazz Composer Award

Henry Threadgill 

Jazz Innovator Award

Ambrose Akinmusire

Jazz Educator Award

Dr. Lenora Z Helm Hammonds

October 21 – 22, 2022 Atlanta, Georgia

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz

The Jazz Music Awards (JMA) is the first global awards show in North America that is completely dedicated to showcasing the art form of jazz. It is a dynamic presentation that recognizes the iconic spirit of jazz music by shining a spotlight on contemporary and mainstream jazz musicians who continue to make a mark on the music and the industry.  Attendees will get their jazz fill as live music, special tributes, and performances take to the stage. The Jazz Music Awards will consist of an entire weekend in Atlanta, Georgia to include: sightseeing; jazz masterclasses and workshops; and, jazz jams at partner jazz locations and venues across Greater Atlanta.   The week culminates into a premier main event of electrifying and mesmerizing showcases of the best that jazz offers.  The celebration takes place over a star-studded weekend filled with celebrities and iconic jazz figures in Atlanta, Georgia, October 21-22, 2022. The events will take place at Clark Atlanta University and  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.


 The Jazz Music Awards recognizes jazz as an American musical art form,  birthed from the experience and innovation of African Americans, rooted in blues, ragtime, swing, bebop, and creative improvised music, including  Latin jazz, mainstream, smooth, and other contemporary forms, or hybrids. 

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