receives the Bruce Lundvall Award
Montreal, Friday, June 29, 2012 - Illustrious producer, musician and archivist Michael Cuscuna will be honoured today by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with the Bruce Lundvall Award. He will be given the award by André Ménard, artistic director and co-founder of the Festival, during a press conference which will be held today at 11 a.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (305 Ste. Catherine St. West, 2nd floor).
Michael Cuscuna is the fourth recipient of the Bruce Lundvall Award created in 2009 during the Festival’s 30th edition and presented annually to an individual who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of the music, through the media, the concert or record industries.
Michael Cuscuna has worn many hats in his long career-musician, radio host, journalist, producer-but it is as an archivist that he made his greatest contribution to the history and the living memory of jazz. A music lover since his earliest years, he began his career on radio before joining the prestigious Blue Note label in 1975, where he worked to rescue hundreds of hours of previously unheard recordings from the shadows. A longtime friend of Bruce Lundvall, he’s spent his career digging into the most glittering musical vaults-the Blue Note, Columbia, Atlantic and Impulse! labels-and mining them for jewels to be preserved forever. Heading his own label Mosaic, founded with colleague Charlie Lourie and named in tribute to the Mosaic album by Cedar Walton, he has spent 30 years pursuing his passionate musical mission: making great jazz available to all. This reissue label is dedicated to presenting box sets featuring the forgotten gems, the unsung or poorly preserved masterpieces of jazz, thereby offering music lovers the unique opportunity to discover or rediscover beloved classics and saving the jewels of jazz from the ravages of time. Whether remastering old recordings to the highest possible quality or enhancing box sets with previously unheard pieces, Michael Cuscuna’s work is designed for music lovers and generations to come, ensuring both the legacy of underrecognized musical giants, and the long-term viability of jazz in all its forms. The marvelous releases to his credit include Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, Charles Mingus At Cornell, and Horace Silver at Newport 1958, as well as box sets of the works of Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Lester Young and Anthony Braxton. He’s also garnered three Grammy Awards for albums by Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday.
As winner of the Bruce Lundvall Award, Michael Cuscuna follows in the footsteps of George Wein (2011) Herman Leonard (2010), Bruce Lundvall (2009).
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