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Gregg Akkerman’s book, The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story (Scarecrow Press, 2012), has been nominated as “Jazz Book of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. Nominees were chosen by the votes of the professional journalist members of the Jazz Journalists Association and made on the basis of work done in calendar year 2012. Winners will be announced May 1. More information is available online on the Jazz Journalists Association website. Akkerman is the director of the Jazz Studies program and an associate professor of music in the Fine Arts and Communication Studies Department at USC Upstate.

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