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Published: 3/28/2011

SESAC Honors Music Greats at 7th Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon


Bill O’Connell and SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli
New York: SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, honored its affiliated composers in the jazz genre with the Seventh Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon.  The event, held at New York’s popular Red Eye Grill, honored the Top 10 jazz albums of 2010.

The SESAC Jazz Luncheon honored the successes of such releases as the legendary Cassandra Wilson’s Silver Pony, Bob Baldwin’s Never Can Say Goodbye: Tribute To Michael Jackson and Solo by Vijay Iyer.  

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 including honorees Iyer, Jason Moran and Ted Nash among others.

“SESAC is honored to be associated with such gifted artists,” remarked Critelli. “The composers being honored today are considered the best of the best and their work speaks to the excellence of jazz music.  SESAC is thrilled to honor the best in this wonderful musical genre.”

SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli, Vijay Iyer and SESAC’s Trevor Gale.

SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli, Michael Egizi and SESAC’s Trevor Gale

SESAC’s Jamie Dominguez, Bob Baldwin and SESAC’s Stephen Swid

Stephen Swid, Ted Nash, Bob Baldwin, Vijay Iyer and Linda Lorence Critelli.

Seth Abrahamson, Ben Allison, SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli and Ted Nash

SESAC’s Stephen Swid, Michael Egizi, Bob Baldwin, Ted Nash, SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli, Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Pelt, Donald Rosler and SESAC’s Trevor Gale.
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. 

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2010 Jazz Award Recipients

Songwriter: Jeremy Pelt
Album: Men Of Honor
Publisher: Peltjazz Publishing

Songwriter: Tom Harrell
Album: Roman Nights
Publisher: Tom Harrell Music

Songwriter: Jason Moran
Album:  TEN
Publisher: Jamo Publishing

Songwriter: Vijay Iyer
Album: Solo

 Songwriter: Bill O’Connell
 Album: Rhapsody In Blue
 Publisher: O’Connell Music 

Songwriter: Donald Rosler
For Contribution to the Album: VOCAbuLarieS
Recorded by: Bobby McFerrin
Publisher: Vocabularies Music
Songwriter: Cassandra Wilson
Album: Silver Pony

Songwriter: Bob Baldwin
Album: Never Can Say Goodbye: Tribute to Michael Jackson
Publisher: Funky Onion Publishing
Songwriter: Sheldon Reynolds  
For Contribution to the Album: XII
Recorded by: Brian Culbertson
Publisher: Reyshel Music

Songwriter: Michael Egizi
For Contribution to the Album: Good Day
Recorded by Peter White
Publisher: ME6121 Publishing

Songwriter: Micah Otano
For Contribution to the Album: On A Mission
Recorded by: Eric Darius
Publisher: Music 4 Mataya

Songwriter: Ted Nash
For Contribution to the Album: Portrait In Seven Shades
Recorded by: The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra
Publisher: TNash Music