Awards Ceremonies Honor AFM Members

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Awards Ceremonies Honor AFM Members


It was a busy several months for AFM members with major awards ceremonies handing out distinctions to musicians from all genres.

On October 17, the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters ceremony honored several Local 802 (New York City) members; the Musicians Hall of Fame announced its latest class of musician inductees, also in October; and country music had its big night of the year with the 42nd Annual Country Music Awards held November 12.

New Jazz Masters

The awards ceremony for the 2009 Jazz Masters, bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts, was held at the Rose Theater in conjunction with Jazz at the Lincoln Center.

The 2009 award recipients are Local 802 (New York City) members guitarist/vocalist George Benson, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, guitarist/harmonica player Jean Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, trumpeter Eugene "Snooky" Young, drummer Jimmy Cobb, and jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who received the award for jazz advocate.

All honorees but Young and Van Gelder, who instead received dedications, performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and member of Local 802, Wynton Marsalis, opened the ceremony noting the "central significance of jazz in our nation's history and values."

Trumpeter and composer Gerald Wilson of Local 47 (Los Angeles), woodwind player Phil Woods of Locals 577 (Pocono, PA) and 802, and Frank Wess of Local 802 also made appearances at the awards ceremony introducing several of the honorees.

Musicians Hall of Fame

The Musicians Hall of Fame first opened its doors June 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, with a mission to acknowledge and celebrate musicians for their achievements-regardless of the level of fame they achieved.

The museum highlights accomplishments of musicians by welcoming visitors to see the instruments they used or discover the history of the music fronted by big names like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Requesting ballots from AFM musicians, music historians, producers, and engineers, the Hall of Fame collects nominations to honor a new class of inductees each year.

Seven new acts were inducted to the Musicians Hall of Fame October 8, making the group the second class to enter the Hall of Fame in Music City USA. The ceremony took piace in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. The inductees included:

Guitarist Duane Eddy of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), BiUy Sherrill of Local 257, Al Kooper of Local 802 (New York City); Booker T. & the M.G.s with Booker T. Jones of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), Donald Dunn of Local 71 (Memphis, TN), Steve Cropper of Local 71; The Crickets with J.I. Allison, Sonny Curtis, and Joe Mauldin, all members of Local 257; The Memphis Horns with Wayne Jackson of Local 257 and Andrew Love of Local 71; The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Friends with Jimmy Johnson of Local 256-733 (Birmingham, AL), David Hood of Local 256-733, Barry Beckett of Local 257, Will McFarlane of Local 256-733, Spooner Oldham, Clayton Ivey, and Randy McCormick, all from Local 257. …

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