JEN Awards

Award Timeline

  • Application Forms and Criteria are available online until closed for the various awards, excluding the President's Service Award. Click the appropriate tab to self-nominate or nominate a candidate for a particular award.
  • Awards will be presented during the Annual JEN Conference.
  • Deadline for applications to all programs is October 15
  • Notification to recipients as applicable by November 1  

President's Service Award

The President's Service Award is awarded annually by the President and his/her council, which includes the President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President, and additional members of the Past President's Advisory Council  to an individual that has satisfied the following criteria:

  1. Two years of continuing service to the organization
  2. Giving tirelessly of their efforts, resources, expertise, and time
  3. Demonstration of commitment to the organization's mission
  4. True example of altruism

John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award

This $2,500 scholarship was established through JEN in 2011 in partnership with the Berklee Collge of Music to honor Master Jazz Educator John LaPorta


                 Award recipients prior to JEN

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JEN LeJENds of Jazz Education Award

Established in 2012 by the JEN Board of Directors to honor true legends in jazz education. Criteria has been developed for this award. The 2012 Inaugural Class’ credentials speak for themselves, given each members rather large and extensive 50 year background as pioneers in jazz and jazz education. The literal A-B-C-D’s of jazz education!

  • 2017 - Ellis Marsalis
  • 2016 - Phil Mattson
  • 2015 - Herbie Hancock, Bobby Shew
  • 2014 - Paris Rutherford, Ed Soph
  • 2013 - Rufus Reid, Dave Liebman
  • 2012 - Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Jerry Coker & Dan Haerle

JEN LeJENds of Latin Jazz Award

Established in 2014 by the JEN Board of Directors to honor true legends of Latin Jazz. Criteria has been developed for this award. The 2014 Inaugural recipient's credentials are incredible, given his rather large and extensive 50 year background as a pioneer in latin jazz.
  • 2017 - Eddie Palmieri
  • 2016 - Paquito D'Rivera
  • 2015 - Poncho Sanchez
  • 2014 - Candido Camero