AWARDS NEWS: 2003 Wammie Winners, Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced & Winwood To Get Lifetime Achievement Award At Jammy Awards

(CelebrityAccess News Service) – The 2003 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) were held February 15 at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. The awards recognize significant career achievements by area musicians. Nominations and balloting come from the WAMA membership. In addition to announcing the winners, inductees to the Hall of Fame were also announced.

And the Wammie winners are:

A CAPPELLA Group – DaVinci’s Notebook

BIG BAND/SWING VOCALIST – Esther Haynes, Peaches O’Dell

BIG BAND/SWING GROUP – J Street Jumpers

BIG BAND/SWING RECORDING – Monday Morning Blues/Blue Rhythm Boys

BLUEGRASS VOCALIST – Sally Love

BLUEGRASS DUO/GROUP- Seldom Scene

BLUEGRASS RECORDING – Shape of a Tear/Lynn Morris Band

BLUES VOCALIST – Janine Wilson

BLUES DUO/GROUP – Cephas and Wiggins

BLUES INSTRUMENTALIST – Deanna Bogart

BLUES RECORDING – House on Fire/Tom Principato

CHILDREN’S MUSIC VOCALIST – Marcy Marxer

CHILDREN’S MUSIC DUO/GROUP – Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

CHILDREN’S MUSIC RECORDING – Bon Appetit/Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

CHORAL GROUP – Gay Mens Chorus

CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTALIST – Bruno Nasta, Tina Chancey

CLASSICAL VOCAL SOLOIST – Denyce Graves

CLASSICAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – Quintango

CLASSICAL ORCHESTRAL ENSEMBLE – National Symphony Orchestra

CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTALIST – Bruno Nasta, Tina Chancey

CLASSICAL CONDUCTOR – Leonard Slatkin

COUNTRY VOCALIST – Ruth Logsdon

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP – Ruthie and the Wranglers

COUNTRY INSTRUMENTALIS – Bill Kirchen

COUNTRY RECORDING – Someday/Ruthie and the Wranglers

FOLK – CONTEMPORARY VOCALIST – Lisa Moscatiello

FOLK – CONTEMPORARY DUO/GROUP – Eddie From Ohio

FOLK – CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTALIST – Jennifer Cutting

FOLK – CONTEMPORARY RECORDING– Three Room/Eddie From Ohio

FOLK – TRADITIONAL VOCALIST – Grace Griffin

FOLK – TRADITIONAL DUO/GROUP– Bonnie Rideout Trio

FOLK – TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTALIST – Bonnie Rideout

FOLK – TRADITIONAL RECORDING – Sands of Time/Grace Griffin

GO GO TALKER – Sugar Bear

GO GO DUO/GROUP – Chuck Brown & Bits & Pieces

GO GO INSTRUMENTALIST – Chuck Brown

GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL VOCALIST – Bernice Johnson Reagon

GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL QUARTET/GROUP – Sweet Honey in the Rock

JAZZ VOCALIST – Nicki Gonzales

JAZZ DUO/GROUP – Ron Holloway Group

JAZZ INSTRUMENTALIST – Ron Holloway

JAZZ RECORDING– Swing Lullabyes for my Rosetta/John Previti

LATINO DUO/GROUP – Rumba Club

RAP/HIP HOP RAPPER – Storm the Unpredictable

RAP/HIP HOP DUO/GROUP – Poemcees

RAP/HIP HOP DJ – DJ Celo

RAP/HIP HOP RECORDING – Amalgamation/Storm the Unpredictable

REGGAE DUO/GROUP – Jah Works

ROCK VOCALIST – Maryann Redmond

ROCK DUO/GROUP – Bicyle Thieves

ROCK INSTRUMENTALIST – Dave Chappell

ROCK RECORDING – Live/Nils Lofgren

ROCK – ROOTS ROCK/TRADITIONAL R&B VOCALIST – Bill Kirchen

ROCK – ROOTS ROCK/TRADITIONAL DUO/GROUP – Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun

ROCK – ROOTS ROCK/TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTALIST – Bill Kirchen

ROCK – ROOTS ROCK/TRADITIONAL RECORDING – Dieselbily Road Trip/Bill Kirchen, Someday/Ruthie and the Wranglers

ELECTRONICA DUO/GROUP – Arthur Loves Plastic

ELECTRONICA DJ – Bev Stanton

ELECTRONICA RECORDING – Higher Fruit/Arthur Loves Plastic

URBAN CONTEMPORARY VOCALIST – Verlette Simon

URBAN CONTEMPORARY DUO/GROUP– Oktbrworld

URBAN CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTALIST – Benjie Porecki

URBAN CONTEMPORARY RECORDING – Elements/Verlette Simon and Mike Willis

WORLD MUSIC DUO/GROUP – Alexandria Kleztet

WORLD MUSIC INSTRUMENTALIST – Seth Kibel

WORLD MUSIC RECORDING – To Buenos Aires With Love/Quintango

GENERAL AWARDS

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – Bill Kirchen

SONG OF THE YEAR – It Was A Great Day/Lori Kelley/Lori Kelley

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Grace Griffith, Ruthie and the Wranglers
(Solo/Duo/Group)

NEW ARTIST – Katy Benko
(Solo/Duo/Group)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Dieselbilly Road Trip/Bill Kirchen

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Lori Kelley

DEBUT RECORDING – Float/Katy Benko, On the Red Line/Rhodes Tavern Troubadors

RECORD DESIGN – Someday/Ruthie and the Wranglers/Ruth Logsdon

MANAGER OF THE YEAR – Louise Kirchen

WASHINGTON AREA RECORD COMPANY – Hungry for Music

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Marco Delmar

LIVE SOUND ENGINEER – Caldwell Gray

STUDIO ENGINEER – Bill Wolf, Marco Delmar

RECORDING STUDIO – Bias

ARTIST WEBSITE – ruthieandthewranglers.com Ruth Logsdon

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR – Jeff Campbell/Exec. Director/Hungry for Music

MOST SUPPORTIVE OF WASHINGTON MUSIC – Damian Einstein, Mary Cliff

Special Awards Presented by WAMA Board

HALL OF FAME – Link Wray, Herb Fame

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT – Steuart Smith, Chris Biondo & Lenny Williams

SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Tom Cole, Milt Grant

SPECIAL APPRECIATION – Bernice Reagon, Bruce Steeg

SPOTLIGHT AWARD – Good Charlotte

–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

On the Web: www.crosstownarts.com/wama

Winwood To Get Lifetime Achievement Award At Jammy Awards

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — Steve Winwood will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Jammy Awards on March 16 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Winwood and his current band, with whom he recently recorded the critically acclaimed 2003 release About Time (Wincraft Music), will perform at the awards ceremony.

Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are B.B. King, The Meters and The Grateful Dead.

“It is an honor to be chosen to receive a Jammy Award,” Winwood comments. “There are so few opportunities to publicly recognize improvisational music. This is a great community of musicians and fans and I look forward to being there.”

The album’s first radio single, “Different Light,” has also been nominated for the 2004 Jammy Song of the Year.

One day earlier on March 15, Winwood and his former band Traffic will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the Waldorf – Astoria Hotel. It will be the first time since 1967 that Winwood and his old Traffic bandmates will perform together.

Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Dave Mason will all be at the event, in addition to the late Chris Wood’s sister Stephanie, who will receive the induction on behalf of her brother. Randall Bramlett will sit in for Wood. Bramlett played with Traffic in their 1994 line-up and has long been a member of Winwood’s band.

“Sadly Chris is no longer with us, but in fact Randall has always been very sensitive to Chris’ style of playing and has done a great job performing the Traffic songs," says Winwood. "In fact, Chris’ sister gave Randall Chris’ flute.”

The original members of Traffic first came together in 1967 with the concept that they would live together and write songs. “The musical concept,” Winwood explains, ”was to combine various forms of ethnic and rock music together with classical, folk and jazz. We hoped to form a music that was peculiar to us. We rented a cottage in Berkshire far enough away from neighbors so that we could play at any hour and not disturb anyone. Many people used to come to the cottage and hang out…Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Lyon Russell, etc.”

The news of Traffic’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame came as a nice surprise for Winwood. “Traffic has given much pleasure to many people over the years,” he comments. “There were many musicians who played with Traffic over the years, including Reebob Kuaku Baah, Rick Gretch, Jim Gordon, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Barry Beckott, Rosco Gee, Randall Bramlett, Mike McEvoy and Walfredo Reyes. I am very happy for everyone who is associated with this remarkable band. I am honored for Traffic’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and I'm very grateful to the powers that be for including the band as part of this prestigious institution." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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