Congrats to Bill McCann
The NYC-based Jazz Journalists Association has announced that it will honor longtime Nippertown torchbearer for all things jazz, Bill McCann, with a prestigious Jazz Hero Award.
According to JJA, “Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. The 2012 ‘Jazz Hero’ awards will be presented in conjunction with the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.”
It’s a well-deserved honor for McCann, of course, who celebrated the 26h anniversary of his “The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” radio show on UAlbany’s WCDB-FM in April.
A number of other local Nippertown members of the jazz community are also in the running for awards at the 16th annual JJA Jazz Awards, including Nippertown’s chief photographer Andrzej Pilarcyzk and regular Nippertown contributors Rudy Lu and Susan Brink, as well as R.J. DeLuke.
Congrats, Bill! Keep fighting the good fight!
Who says jazz is dead in the Capital Region?
This is great news! Congrats to all. Jazz is NOT “dead,” in the Capital Region–it’s alive & thriving. Just as, thankfully, the Blues did NOT die w/Ernie Williams. ernie may be jamming w/the greats including Duke Ellington, Count Basie & even the immortal Leadbelly in heaven, but his legacy lives on!
Congrats, Bill! And jazz definitely ain’t dead in the Capital Region. It ain’t even sick! 🙂
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