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Maria Schneider selected 'Arranger Of the Year' for 2015 JJA Awards

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 19th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards  listed below. Professional Journalist Members of the JJA made open nominations and Maria Schneider was selected - 'Arranger Of the Year.' 

Schneider's new CD - The Thompson Fields celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her vaunted jazz orchestra, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making.  Featuring eight new original works by the leader, The Thompson Fields makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund.  The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century.  The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories. The CD is powered by ArtistShare andavailable exclusively at

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