The Jazz Clarinetist of the Year Anat Cohen has won the honor eight years in a row from 2007-2014. This honor is given out by The Jazz Journalist Association.
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Finalists for the JJA Jazz Awards honor excellence in music-making and music documentation. These musicians are nominated by 60 professional Jazz Journalists Association member.
Following is a list of winners in past years. If you see “none” next to a year, either no-one was nominated and/or the clarinetist category was not developed.
2014 - Anat Cohen
Other nominees in 2014 were Ben Goldberg and Ken Peplowski.
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2013 - Anat Cohen
2012 - Anat Cohen
2011 - Anat Cohen
2010 - Anat Cohen
2009 - Anat Cohen
2008 - Anat Cohen
2007 - Anat Cohen
2006 - none
2005 - Don Byron
2004 - none
2003 - Marty Ehrlich
2002 - Don Byron
2001 – “Winds and Reeds of the Year” Marty Ehrlich (saxophones, clarinets, and flutes)
1997-2000 No evidence of wind or clarinet awards given these years.
This one features Anat Cohen with Paquito D’Rivera...