AWARDS

jen awards

JEN’s award program has been in existence since the organization’s first year.

Each year, we proudly recognize the talented and hardworking students and educators who have made an impact on jazz.
We also offer a number of additional programs that help fund and support jazz education.

 

It is our honor and privilege to be able to extend these awards each year to deserving educators and artists.

Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Educator of the Year Award

Named after the legendary jazz educator, this award recognizes an outstanding elementary, middle, or high school educator with a focus on jazz education, who represents the highest standards of teaching and whose results in the classroom have brought distinction to their institution and their students.

photo by René Heumer

past awardees

  • 2022 – Joseph Jefferson
  • 2021 – Jim Gasior

John LaPorta Educator of the Year Award

The Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music collaborate to present the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year award. The award is named after the legendary jazz educator, John LaPorta, and will recognize an outstanding elementary, middle, or high school educator with a focus on jazz education, who represents the highest standards of teaching and whose results in the classroom have brought distinction to their institution and their students.

past awardees

  • 2022 – Roosevelt Griffin, III
  • 2021 – Gary Washburn
  • 2020 – Paul Pitts, Boston MA
  • 2019 – Thomas “TL” Lizotte, Cape Elizabeth, ME
  • 2018 – Diane Downs, Louisville, KY
  • 2017 – Dr. Robert Klevan, Pacific Grove, CA
  • 2016 – José Antonio Diaz, Houston, TX
  • 2015 – Janis Stockhouse, Bloomington, IN
  • 2014 – Daniel Gregerman, Skokie, IL
  • 2013 – Davie Yarborough, Washington, D.C.
  • 2012 – Bart Marantz, Dallas, TX
  • 2011 – Caleb Chapman, Salt Lake City, UT

LeJENds of Jazz Education Award

Established in 2012 by the JEN Board of Directors, the JEN LeJENds of Jazz Education Award honors true legends in jazz education. This award is bestowed upon a jazz educator who has distinguished themselves by living up to the JEN Mission.

photo by Frances Scanlon

past awardees

  • 2022 Joseph Jennings
  • 2021 Phil Wilson, Geri Allen, Clarence Acox, Jr., Dr. James Hardy Patterson
  • 2020 – Kidd Jordan
  • 2019 – Barry Harris
  • 2018 – Dr. John Edward Hasse
  • 2017 – Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
  • 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

LeJENds of Latin Jazz Award

Established in 2014 by the JEN Board of Directors, the JEN LeJENds of Latin Jazz Award honors true legends of Latin Jazz. This award is bestowed upon a musician who has distinguished themselves by living up to the JEN Mission.

photo by Bart Marantz

past awardees

  • 2022 – Ignacio Berroa
  • 2021 – Pete Escovedo
  • 2020 – Chucho Valdés
  • 2019 – Alex Acuña
  • 2018 – Bobby Sanabria
  • 2017 – Eddie Palmieri
  • 2016 – Paquito D’Rivera
  • 2015 – Poncho Sanchez
  • 2014 – Candido Camero

Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award

Founded by the African American Jazz Caucus (AAJC), The Donald Meade Legacy Foundation has been founded upon the premise that the “story” is an essential part of Jazz education and that the storyteller or Griot creates a vital link between the music and life stories. Donald Meade’s first voice stories embrace the social, political and cultural realities that shaped and created jazz truths.  He has inspired and encouraged numerous jazz artists, and he was a steadfast advocate for jazz education, particularly for young people.  The AAJC foundation, presented in tandem with JEN, continues his legacy through recognizing other jazz griots with the Meade Legacy Jazz Griot, in addition to creating platforms in which their stories can heard around the world.

photo by Frances Scanlon

past awardees

  • 2022 – Roxanne Stevenson
  • 2021 – Barry Harris
  • 2020 – Stephen Foster
  • 2019 – Jimmy Heath
  • 2018 – Nobuko “Cubi” Narita
  • 2017 – Willie Pickens
  • 2016 – Larry Reni Thomas
  • 2015 – Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
  • 2014 – Dr. Larry Ridley
  • 2013 – Dr. Willis Kirk
  • 2012 – Donald Meade

Presidents’ Service Award

The Presidents’ Service Award is awarded annually by the President in consultation with the President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President, and additional members of the Advisory Council of Past Presidents to an individual who has given tirelessly of their efforts, resources, expertise, and time, demonstrated their commitment to JEN’s mission, and is a true example of altruism.

photo by Frances Scanlon

past awardees

  • 2022 – Michael Shirtz
  • 2021 – Tony & Nancy Sinnott, Deb Rhea
  • 2020 – Ryan Adamsons
  • 2019 – Dr. David Fodor (IL)
  • 2018 – Mary Ann Fischer
  • 2017 – Frances Scanlon
  • 2016 – Richard Condit
  • 2015 – Sharon Burch
  • 2014 – Jerry Tolson
  • 2013 – Gene Perla
  • 2012 – Larry Green
  • 2011 – Steve Crissinger
  • 2010 – Jim Widner