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Published: 3/29/2010

SESAC Honors Music Greats at 6th Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon

New York: SESAC honored its affiliated composers in the jazz genre with the Sixth Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon.  The event, held at New York’s popular Red Eye Grill, honored the Top 10 jazz albums of 2009.

The SESAC Jazz Luncheon honored the successes of such releases as the legendary Robert Glasper’s Double Booked, bassist/composer Ben Allison’s Think Free and Urbanus by vibraphonist Stefon Harris. 

SESAC executives Trevor Gale and Linda Lorence Critelli hosted the luncheon which drew an audience of some of the genre’s top artists, songwriters and publishers for the festive event. 

"We look forward to this event each year as our way of thanking and acknowledging the incredible talent of our Jazz affiliates,” said Critelli. "The music these musicians create is masterful and an essential part of the American fabric.  SESAC is honored to be associated with such gifted artists.”
Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through responsive and innovative music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution.  The second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres including Jazz, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Urban, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age.  SESAC is also rapidly becoming the contemporary rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood’s most sought-after film and television composers.  Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. 

Honorees and staffers celebrate at the SESAC Jazz Luncheon held at New York’s famed Red Eye Grill.

SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli presents a plaque to Derrick Gardner.

Honorees Radam Schwartz (far left) and Cecil Brooks III visits with SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli at the luncheon.

SESAC’s Freddie Gershon (far left) and Trevor Gale (far right) congratulate honorees Vijay Iyer (second from left) and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli and Trevor Gale (far right) bestow a performance award on honoree Daniel Sadownick.

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2009 Jazz Award Recipients

Songwriter: Walter Beasley
Album: Free Your Mind
Publisher: Affable Publishing

Songwriter: Tom Harrell
Album: Prana Dance
Publisher: Tom Harrell Music

Songwriter: Cecil Brooks III
For the musical contribution to the album
Blues Citizens
Recorded by Radam Schwartz
Publisher: B3 Music

Songwriter: Radam Schwartz
Album: Blues Citizens
Publisher: B3 Music 

Songwriter: Derrick Gardner
Album: Echoes of Ethnicity
Recorded by Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets
Publisher: Impact Jazz

Songwriter: Robert Glasper
Album: Double Booked
Publisher: I Am A Jazzy Guy Music
Songwriter: Vijay Iyer
Album: Historicity
Publisher: Multiplicity Music
Songwriter: Ben Allison
Album: Think Free
Publisher: Sonic Camera
Songwriter: Lynne Arriale 
Album: Nuance: The Bennett Studio Sessions
Publisher: Arriale Publishing
Songwriter: Stefon Harris
Album: Urbanus
Recorded by Stefon Harris & Blackout
Publisher: Stefonaphone Music

Songwriter: Gene Ess
Album: Modes Of Limited Transcendence
Publisher: SIMP Music

Songwriter: Daniel Sadownick
Album: There Will Be A Day
Publisher: NasDan Music

Songwriter: Lauren Sevian
Album: Blueprint
Publishe: Lasevia Music