Jazz Awards Nominating Committee

The Larry J. Bell Jazz Awards Nominating Committee includes a diverse group of individuals from every aspect of the jazz music world; Agents, Educators, Managers, Media, Presenters, Record Label Executives and Artists. They privately recommend worthy pianists for the Bell Jazz Artist and the Bell Young Jazz Artist awards. These names are then reviewed by the Bell Jazz Awards Advisory Committee.

  • Hadley Agrez – CEO & Program Director Melbourne International Jazz Festival
  • Gail Boyd – Gail Boyd – Gail Boyd Artist Management
  • Bill Bragin – Founding Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Dahlia Ambach Caplan – SVP A&R Verve Label Group
  • Bill Charlap – Pianist & Director of Jazz Studies William Patterson University
  • Nate Chinen – Editorial Director WRTI Philadelphia, Author
  • Aaron Diehl – Pianist & Composer
  • Jeanna Disney – Booking Agent IMN
  • Ken Drucker – VP, Jazz Development at Verve Label Group
  • Erika Elliot – Executive Artistic Director Summerstage & Charlie Parker Festival NYC
  • Jed Eisenman – Partner & Booker for Village Vanguard
  • Aaron Goldberg – Pianist & Composer
  • Cat Henry – Executive Director Live Music Society
  • Fred Hersch – Pianist, Composer & Educator
  • Tim Jackson – Former Artistic Director Monterey Jazz Festival, Artistic Director & Founder Kuumbwa Jazz
  • Willard Jenkins – Artistic Director DC Jazz Festival, Journalist, Broadcaster
  • Ashley Kahn – Jazz Author, Historian & Educator
  • Karen Kennedy – President & Founder 24/7 Artist Management
  • Randall Kline – Founder, Former Executive Artistic Director SFJAZZ
  • Stéphane Kochoyan – Artistic Director Nîmes Métropole Jazz Festival
  • Michelle Kuypers – Program Manager / Talent Booker North Sea Jazz Festival
  • Christian McBride– Bassist, Composer, Educator, Artistic Director Newport Jazz Festival & James Moody Jazz Festival
  • Katherine McVicker – Founder & Agent Music Works International
  • Chris Mees– Founder & Agent B Natural Inc.
  • Brad Mehldau– Pianist & Composer
  • Danny Melnick– President Absolutely Live Entertainment
  • Maurice Montoya– Founder & Agent MM Music Agency
  • John Nugent– Producer & Artistic Director Rochester International Jazz Festival
  • Jason Olaine– SVP Programming Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Makoto Ozone– Pianist & Composer
  • Ryan Paternite– Managing Partner Birdland Jazz Club NY
  • David Rodriguez– Executive Producer NJPAC
  • Brice Rosenbloom– Artistic Director WMI, Founder & Producer NYC Winter Jazzfest
  • Renee Rosnes– Pianist & Composer
  • Jürgen Schlensog– CEO Opus GmbH, Director Jazzopen Stuttgart
  • Peter Schulze– Artistic Director for Sendesaal Bremen & Artistic Director for Jazzahead
  • Helen Sung– Pianist & Composer
  • Michelle Taylor– Founder & Managing Director Passion Music Group
  • Piotr Turkiewicz– Artistic Director at Jazztopad Festival, Curator of Improvised Music & Jazz Pierre Boulez Saal
  • Sébastien Vidal– Program Director TSFJAZZ France, Artistic Director Nice Jazz Festival
  • Melissa Walker– Founder & President Jazz House Kids
  • Myles Weinstein– President Unlimited Myles

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