The San Diego Jazz Party is privileged to honor each year Jazz Musicians who excel in their profession, who are held in high esteem among their peers, and who have “paid their dues” to the world of jazz music. The San Diego Jazz Party began the tradition of honoring a musician at our party in 2005. The “Honoree” ceremony will continue to be a highlight event at our Jazz Parties in the future.

  • 2020 - Richard Simon
  • 2019 – Eddie Metz Jr.
  • 2018 – Dan Barrett
  • 2017 – Eddie Erikson
  • 2016 – Rebecca Kilgore
  • 2015 – Butch Miles
  • 2014 – The late Mundell Lowe
  • 2013 – Johnny Varro
  • 2012 – Houston Person
  • 2011 – Bucky Pizzarelli
  • 2010 – The late Jake Hanna
  • 2009 – Ed Polcer
  • 2008 – Dick Hyman
  • 2007 – Jeannie and the late Jimmy Cheatham
  • 2006 – The late Joe Wilder
  • 2005 – Barney Kessel