Harrell receives 6th SESAC JAzz Award for THE TIME OF THE SUN

New York: SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, honored its affiliated composers in the jazz genre at the Eighth Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon. The event, held at New York’s iconic Jazz Standard club, honored the Top 10 jazz albums of 2011.

The SESAC Jazz Luncheon honored the successes of such critically hailed projects as Ben Allison’s Sonic Camera, Bob Baldwin’s NewUrbanJazz.com, Ninety Miles by Stefon Harris and Tirtha by Vijay Iyer.

Jazz great Tom Harrell, who was also honored for his album, The Time Of The Sun, offered a riveting performance.

SESAC executives Trevor Gale and Linda Lorence Critelli hosted the luncheon which drew an audience of some of the genre’s top artists, songwriters and publishers for the festive event including honorees Vijay Iyer, Ben Allison and Bob Baldwin among others.

"We are always excited to host this awards event honoring our very gifted artists," said SESAC’s Linda Lorence Critelli. “They truly represent excellence in the Jazz music genre and SESAC is very proud to recognize their achievements."

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through responsive and innovative music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The nation’s second oldest and most progressive performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory including genres Jazz, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Urban, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age. SESAC is also rapidly becoming the contemporary rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood’s most sought-after film and television composers. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.