The Jazz Journalists Association has named Baltimore's Craig Alston as one of its 2013 "Jazz Heroes," JJA cited Alston and 25 other "activists, advocates, altruists, and aiders and abettors of jazz" for making "significant impact in their local communities." Besides his work with the likes of Fertile Ground and Larry Willis, JJA lauded Alston for his education efforts and noted that he's been music director at Maryland Summer Center, instructor at Carl Grubbs's SAX summer camp, and clarinet/saxophone teacher with OrchKids. Of his work as an educator, Alston says "[he] can lead by example. Some kids learn and respect you more if you can show them rather than tell them." Alston adds that he'd eventually like to open a Baltimore Jazz School.