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Jazz Awards presented coast-to-coast
Jul 31st, 2015 | By

The JJA’s 2015 Jazz Awards for musical excellence are being presented within the next few weeks to winners at events and venues East, West and Middle West. Musician winners of the Awards announced last April will accept their engraved statuettes from JJA members before their own audiences, highlighting their critical acclaim as well as the presence of jazz journalism in U.S. localities.

Randy Weston,

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Jazz Journalists Association Honors Its Own
Jun 19th, 2015 | By

Neil Tesser, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, and New York CIty Jazz Hero Kim Clarke, at the Blue Note JJA Jazz party June 16, 2015

Neil Tesser, the Chicago-based jazz journalist, broadcaster, author, educator, former chair of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and current board member of the Jazz Journalists Association  was … [read more]

Articles

images His lyrics, initially inspired by Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams and defying the conventions of pop music, have incorporated political, social, philosophical and literary themes, in the process personalizing musical genres and acquiring an immense listenership, not just in the counterculture, as in the beginning of his career, but in the wider public. He is indeed a superstar and an American artistic icon.
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photo credit: Monterey County Herald Archives

MAY 15, 2015 — I’ve had little but B.B. King in mind and on the home stereo since he entered hospice two weeks ago. The great bluesman has been a constant in my life for the better part of five decades, and while I’ve been profoundly touched by musicians across a wide range of … [read more]

W, Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes, 2014 recipient of the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award, has compiled a useful annotated list of “jazz, blues and beyond” books published during calendar year 2014. See it in his blog.… [read more]

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ESPECIALLY NOTABLE: AMIRI BARAKA, SID CAESAR, BUDDY DEFRANCO, KENNY DREW JR., LIONEL FERBOS, MED FLORY, JUAN FORMELL, CHARLIE HADEN, TIM HAUSER, PAUL HORN, HERB JEFFRIES, IDRIS MUHAMMAD, JOE SAMPLE, JIMMY SCOTT, HORACE SILVER, JERRY VALE, KENNY WHEELER, JOE WILDER, GERALD WILSON, HERB WONG

Accordionist Ollie Viljoen; accordionist, pianist, composer and educator Evan Harlan;

Actor, drummer, pianist and singer Mickey Rooney;

Arranger, conductor, orchestra leader and … [read more]

Dan Morgenstern, portrait of a jazz lover Dan Morgenstern is admired for knowledge and sensitivity to musicians and their creative activities throughout the jazz world. Tom Reney explains why.

Jazz World News

The JJA's ongoing jazz news aggregation, edited by Jared Negley

Announcements

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President's Report

Over the course of 25 years, the Jazz Journalists Association has developed from being a loose coalition of like-minded professional writers, photographers and broadcasters to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit with global outreach through its online programs and community-based initiatives. W. Royal Stokes, a founding member of the JJA, details the JJA’s history: 

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Member Updates

Looking for proof that jazz is alive and well? You’ll find the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association after the jump. We never sleep! If you are a JJA member and would like your recent activities included in the next installment of Member Updates, send a brief paragraph beginning [read more]

Book Reviews

41JoSkU557L._AA160_ There was a change in me, too, when I finally heard Bird play with McShann’s band—amidst the hard-rock swing where he grew. . . To use a New York stride term, I hear Bird shouting.