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Bobby Watson, Lonnie McFadden Take Home First Annual Jam Musician Awards

Bobby Watson, Lonnie McFadden, Charles Williams, and vocalist Eboni Fondren were among those voted KC “Favorites” in the first annual JAM Musician Awards, presented by the KC Jazz Ambassadors on Tuesday, December 14 at Johnnie’s Jazz Club. The UMKC Conservatory Jazz Ensemble entertained jazz fans attending the awards ceremony before and after the winners were announced.

Award winners by category included the following:

Favorite Jazz Vocalist: Eboni Fondren

Favorite Jazz Trumpet Player: Lonnie McFadden

Favorite Jazz Sax Player: Bobby Watson

Favorite Jazz Bass Player: James Albright

Favorite Jazz Pianist: Charles Williams

Favorite Jazz Trombone Player: Marcus Lewis

Favorite Jazz Guitarist: Rod Fleeman

Favorite Jazz Organist: Everette DeVan

Favorite Jazz Drummer: Mike Warren

In addition, McFadden took home “Favorite Jazz Entertainer” honors and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra was voted Favorite Big Band. The Gem Theatre and Green Lady/Black Dolphin were voted favorite jazz venue and club respectively. KANU on-air personality Bob McWilliams was named favorite

Jazz radio host.

“We thank the nearly 700 KC area jazz fans who took the time to vote for their favorite musicians in all of these categories,” noted KC Jazz Ambassador Linda McShann “We didn’t know what

to expect this first time out and were pleasantly surprised at the turnout.”

Nominations for the 2022 JAM Musician Awards will begin May 1 with final ballots to

be published November 1. For more information, visit the KC Jazz Ambassadors website at

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