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Wednesday June 16, 2010

Saxophonist Lovano hits trifecta at Jazz Awards

Associated Press
By Charles J. Gans

NEW YORK — Joe Lovano hit the trifecta at the annual Jazz Awards with wins for tenor saxophonist, small ensemble and record of the year.

Lovano is being honored by the Jazz Journalists Association for his CD “Folk Art.” It is his first album of all original compositions and features his new band Us Five that includes rising jazz stars, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Francisco Mela.

In an upset, the musician of the year award went to Indian-American pianist Vijay Iyer at Monday’s awards ceremony at the City Winery club.

Two big band leaders were double winners in the voting among nearly 400 members of the Jazz Journalists Association — Maria Schneider for composer and arranger and Darcy James Argue for up and coming artist and large ensemble.

See the complete list of winners here