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JJA's 9th Annual Jazz Awards Celebrates Excellence in Musicianship & Journalism

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA), representing more than 400 writers, broadcasters, photographers and new media professionals worldwide, announces final nominees in 40 categories of achievement for the Jazz Awards 2005, its ninth annual ceremony honoring jazz musicians and their supporters. The Jazz Awards is a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund, and for the Jazz Journalists Association's educational initiatives.

Jazz Journalist and Photographer C. Andrew Hovan joins a distinguished cast of nominees including Jimmy Katz and Jack Vartoogian in vying for the Excellence in Photography/Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award. Recently signing on as a contributor to the Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper, Hovan’s writing and photos have appeared in numerous publications including The Cleveland Free Times, Jazz and Blues Report, Down Beat and on the web at The Jazz Review and All About Jazz.

Hovan regularly contributes liner notes to releases from Holland’s Criss Cross Jazz label and his work was also included in the notes to a recent reissue of Lou Donaldson’s Blue Note classic Say It Loud! His writing will also appear in an upcoming release from drummer Mike Melito and his photography will be part of the accompanying artwork for a new disc from Toledo vocalist Ramona Collins.

Hovan’s photography can be seen at the Visual Arts Center at All About Jazz ( and he also has many galleries posted at The Jazz Review (

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Chris Hovan
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