Sunday, November 23, 2008

Marty Sheller WHY DENY The Jazz Journalist's Association Dinner

Congratulations to Marty Sheller. His album "Why Deny" was a finalist nominee for the 2008 Jazz Awards, the Jazz Journalists Association's 12 annual celebration of excellence in jazz and jazz journalism.

It could have been a Grammy Award contender, if you will, but due to some rules and deadlines it did not qualify to be recently considered. Marty Sheller did however attend the Jazz Journalists Association's 2008 Jazz Awards, for which "Why Deny" was nominated. The presentation dinner took place on June 18, 2008 in New York City. As Mr. Sheller said to me, "I'm an old New Yorker so I'm really looking forward to spending a few days there".

In an email he sent me after the event, Mr. Sheller was kind enough to share his experience at that dinner in a rich painterly way.
As I read it, the room grew in volume and became filled with people, music, laughter and smells of great food. This is food for us all. Thank you. (Used with permission).

Hello Shawn,

I attended The Jazz Journalists Awards yesterday. It was a pleasure to hear speakers who are knowledgeable, eloquent, good natured (lots of laughs) and who really care about jazz. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a set by the duo of Hank Jones and Joe Lovano. They played "Alone Together," "Body and Soul" and "How High The Moon." They were sensational -- long, loud applause! Another highlight was the playing of a digitally remastered "I Know That You Know" by Art Tatum (solo piano) that knocked everyone out and reminded us all just what a genius he was. Roy Haynes was given several awards and his acceptance speeches had everyone cracking up. Maria Schneider accepted 4 awards, Frank Wess and Frank Foster hung out at the bar, Candido Camero accepted his award graciously and Joe Locke won a much deserved award. Jane Ira Bloom and Anat Cohen were there to accept their awards, I saw my good friend (and award winner) Valerie Capers, I met writers Garry Giddens, Howard Mandel, Arnold J. Smith (who remembered me from many moons ago) AND I met my publicist Terri Hinte who made it there from her home in California. The complimentary barbecue, macaroni, etc. from the next door Blue Smoke Restaurant were on-the-money! If you're in New York City (and you like barbecue) don't miss it! My wife had me get her a pulled pork sandwich "to go" and it was smokin'. The list of all winners is at:

Marty Sheller

Below is a quote from Marty Sheller's web site. He has a new album called "Why Deny" that is worth your attention.

To lovers of Latin music (and particularly those who collect records of these genres), Marty Sheller's name is certainly a familiar one. As a trumpet player he's best remembered for his work with Mongo Santamaria's 1960's group, where his solos were acclaimed both for their fiery quality and clarity of organization.

(Link to a 1998 interview with Marty Sheller)
For much more visit

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