By Charles J. Gans
Lovano is being honored by the Jazz Journalists Association for his CD “Folk Art.” It is his first album of all original compositions and features his new band Us Five that includes rising jazz stars, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Francisco Mela.
In an upset, the musician of the year award went to Indian-American pianist Vijay Iyer at Monday’s awards ceremony at the City Winery club.
Two big band leaders were double winners in the voting among nearly 400 members of the Jazz Journalists Association — Maria Schneider for composer and arranger and Darcy James Argue for up and coming artist and large ensemble.
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