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October 21 – 22, 2022 Atlanta, Georgia

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz

The Jazz Music Awards (JMA) is the first awards show in the United States and 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. 

 

 CATEGORIES

Best Mainstream Artist

The category recognizes the accomplishments and body of recorded work  (albums, singles, features, and videos) by a solo artist, during the eligibility period, whose music is inclusive of and guided by jazz tradition, whether instrumental or vocal. 

Best Contemporary Artist

 The category recognizes the accomplishments and body of recorded work  (albums, singles, features, and videos) by a solo artist, during the eligibility period, whose music represents what is currently considered smooth or contemporary jazz, whether instrumental or vocal. 

Best Duo, Group, or Big Band

 The category recognizes the recorded works by a duo, group, or big band,  during the eligibility period, whether instrumental or vocal. 

Best New Artist 

 The category recognizes a solo artist, duo, or group who released their first solo project under their own name for consumer purchasing (physical and/or digital) during the eligibility period, whether instrumental or vocal. Artists who have appeared on another artist’s project as a featured artist or side musician are eligible. 

Best Vocalist

 The category recognizes the recorded performance of a jazz vocalist as a solo artist, or as a featured artist on the project of another artist, released during the eligibility period.

Best International Artist

 The category recognizes an instrumental or vocal performance by a solo artist,  duo, or group, not of American origin nor based in the United States. 

Best Mainstream Album

The category recognizes a single body of work of five or more new recordings,  inclusive of and guided by jazz tradition, whether instrumental or vocal, released during the eligibility period. 

Best Contemporary  Album 

The category recognizes a single body of work of five or more new recordings that represent what is currently considered contemporary or smooth jazz,  whether instrumental or vocal, released during the eligibility period. 

Song of the Year

 The category recognizes the best performance of a single song by a solo artist,  duo, or group, whether instrumental or vocal, released during the eligibility period. The final round of voting is an online fan vote.

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION

Jazz Innovator Award

Jazz Composer Award

Jazz Educator Award

Jazz Legacy Award