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Published: 3/9/2012

SESAC Honors Music Greats at 8th Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon

New York: SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, honored its affiliated composers in the jazz genre at the Eighth Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon.  The event, held at New York’s iconic Jazz Standard club, honored the Top 10 jazz albums of 2011.

The SESAC Jazz Luncheon honored the successes of such critically hailed projects as Ben Allison’s Sonic Camera, Bob Baldwin’s NewUrbanJazz.com, Ninety Miles by Stefon Harris and Tirtha by Vijay Iyer.  

Jazz great Tom Harrell, who was also honored for his album, The Time Of The Sun, offered a riveting performance.

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 Vijay Iyer, Ben Allison and Bob Baldwin among others.

"We are always excited to host this awards event honoring our very gifted artists,” said SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli.  “They truly represent excellence in the Jazz music genre and SESAC is very proud to recognize their achievements.”
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 nation’s second oldest and most progressive performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory including genres 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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2011 Jazz Award Recipients

Songwriter: Ben Allison
Album: Action Refraction
Publisher: Sonic Camera

Songwriter: Malika Zarra
Album: Berber Taxi
Publisher: MZH Production

Songwriter: Rene Marie
Album:  Black Lace Freudian Slip
Publisher: Stoan Publishing Co. Inc. 

Songwriter: Lynne Arriale
Album: Convergence
Publisher: Arriale Publishing

Songwriter: Gabriel Bello
Album: Gabriel Bello
Publisher: Jazz DR Music 

Songwriter: Russ Gershon
For Contribution to the Album: Mood Music For Time Travelers
Recorded by: Either/Orchestra
Publisher: Ethereal Cereal Music
Songwriter: Bob Baldwin
Album: NewUrbanJazz.com / Re-Vibe
Publisher: Funky Onion Publishing 

Songwriter: Stefon Harris
Album: Ninety Miles
Publisher: Stefonaphone Music
Songwriter: Craig Sharmat
Album: Outside In
Publisher: Score Dog Music

Songwriter: Bill O’Connell
For Contribution to the Album: Pure Imagination
Recorded by Dave Valentin
Publisher: O’Connell Music

Songwriter: Geri Allen 
For Contribution to the Album: The Mosaic Project
Recorded by: Terri Lyne Carrington
Publisher: Antoinette Music

Songwriter: Shea Rose
For Contribution to the Album: The Mosaic Project
Recorded by: Terri Lyne Carrington
Publisher: Shea Rose Music

Songwriter: Jeremy Pelt
Album: The Talented Mr. Pelt
Publisher: Peltjazz Publishing

Songwriter: Tom Harrell
Album: The Time Of The Sun
Publisher: Tom Harrell Music

Songwriter: Vijay Iyer
For Contribution to the Album: Tirtha
Recorded by: Tirtha
Publisher: ACT Klawei Musikverlag / Multiplicity Music

Songwriter: Bill O’Connell
Album: Triple Play Plus Three
Publisher: O’Connell Music

Songwriter: Patrick Bradley
Album: Under The Sun
Publisher: Patrick Bradley Publishing

Songwriter: Rene Marie
Album: Voice Of My Beautiful Country
Publisher: Stoan Publishing Co. Inc.