2004 JazzWeek Awards Presented

Jaco Pastorius Big Band's Word of Mouth Revisited named Record of the Year

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 17 —Jazz radio stations and programmers, jazz record labels, and jazz radio promoters were honored recently by their peers during the JazzWeek Awards Luncheon, part of the 2004 JazzWeek Summit, a jazz radio and industry conference.

In categories for major markets (radio markets 1-25): WBGO (Newark, N.J.) was named Station of the Year and Arturo Gomez, music director at KUVO (Denver Colo.) was voted Programmer of the Year.

In categories for medium markets (radio markets 26-100), WGMC (Rochester, N.Y.) was awarded Station of the Year, and Brad Stone, music director at KSJS (San Jose, Calif.) was named Programmer of the Year.

In categories for smaller markets (radio markets 101 and smaller), KCCK (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) picked up two awards. KCCK won Station of the Year and Programmer of the Year went to music director Bob Stewart.

Terry Coen, vice president of promotion at Palmetto Records, was named Label Promotion Representative of the Year and Groov Marketing and Consulting was voted Independent Promotion Company of the Year.

Francis Roark accepting the award for 'Jazz Week Record of the Year' on behalf of his Grandpa Jaco.
Winning for a second year in a row, MAXJAZZ Records was honored as Independent Label of the Year. Telarc Records was chosen as Label of the Year, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band Word of Mouth Revisited (Heads Up) was named Record of the Year, and pianist Michel Camilo received the award for Artist of the Year.

"To be honored by the radio community for choosing the Jaco Pastorius Big Band's Word of Mouth Revisited as Record of the Year, Michel Camilo as Artist of the Year, and Telarc as Label of the Year is truly a career highlight for me," said Dave Love, president of Heads Up, an affiliate of Telarc. "To be recognized by you, who are so important in the jazz community, is really overwhelming. I respect all of you for what you do to keep this music alive and keep bringing it to your audience."

Record promoter Dick LaPalm received the ceremony's Duke DuBois Humanitarian Award for his contributions to jazz radio and dedication to the many jazz artists he has represented over the years. The award is named for the late drummer turned record promoter, who, in his five decades in jazz, mentored many people in the industry, and whose devotion to the music, to artists, to education, and to his many friends, continues to inspire those in jazz radio and promotion.

"To have been named the recipient of the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award is a humbling experience, and I'm not one who humbles easily," said LaPalm. "I was privileged to know Duke very well, both in business and socially. He was, indeed, a prince among men. So to be honored in his name is something beyond my wildest dreams. I feel extremely proud and say thank you."

Radio stations, program syndicators, voted upon nominees and winners and satellite and cable broadcasters who supply airplay data to JazzWeek, and by record labels and promoters who subscribe to JazzWeek's data services. Awards were presented June 5, 2004.

Tax deductible donations to a scholarship fund created as a memorial to Duke DuBois may be contributed to: The Duke DuBois Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o International Association for Jazz Education, PO Box 724, Manhattan, KS 66505-0724.

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