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The Press Club of the East Bay last week presented Lee Hildebrand with the second place award for criticism/reviewing for his writing in the Post. First place in that category went to Tony Hicks of the Contra Costa Times and third place to Nate Seltenrich of the East Bay Express. The presentation took place last Friday at the Silver Dragon restaurant in Oakland’s Chinatown. Hildebrand’s award was based on stories written for the Post in 2009 about veteran Oakland R&B guitarist and bandleader Johnny Talbot and the debut of Oakland-based Ethiopian vocalist Ada Kassaye. “I am honored that the Press Club recognized my work for the Post,” said Hildebrand, who has covered music in Oakland for various publications since 1968. “And I am grateful that Post publisher Paul Cobb not only has encouraged me to write about African American artists who perform in a variety of styles, from jazz, blues, soul and gospel to country and old-time string-band music, but also about Mexican American and African musicians who contribute to making the Bay Area such a culturally diverse region.”