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JJA picnic @ Chicago jazz fest
Sep 7th, 2015 | By

Pritzker Pavillion grass, site of JJA/HotHouse potluck picnic

Four editors from DownBeat, a Jazz Education Network board member and an international crew of media-savvy writers, photographers and broadcasters attended the JJA’s potluck picnic at the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Fest Sunday, Aug. 6, knoshing on donuts, bagels and cream cheese under a blazing noon sun.

While sound checks for Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band, … [read more]



Jazz Awards presented coast-to-coast
Sep 7th, 2015 | By

Pedrito Martinez, Percussion of the Year, left, receives Jazz Award from Willard Jenkins — photo by Scott Suchman for World Trap

Winners of the JJA’s 2015 Jazz Awards for musical excellence have received their engraved statuettes onstage from JJA members at jazz fests and venues far and wide this summer. Presenting the Awards at decentralized special events in front of live audiences is meant to … [read more]


Tom the Jazzman Mallison

Tom “the Jazzman” Mallison, a veteran broadcaster and highly regarded, active member of the JJA among other professional organizations, reportedly died in a car crash near Vanceburg, NC,

Tom the Jazzman Mallison

upon returning from his weekly five-hour broadcast on WTEB Sunday night, Sept. 6. Mallison was 75 years old. A memorial service in his honor was scheduled to be streamed live … [read more]


Dan Morgenstern, director emeritus, in the stacks at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers (Newark)

The Institute of Jazz Studies, situated in the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is once again offering research grants supported by the Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund, an endowment established by Benny Carter in 1987.

ISJ offers … [read more]

arturo gomez

Arturo Gómez, winner of a Bobby Jackson Programmer of the Year Award from JazzWeek

JazzWeek, online publisher of weekly jazz radio airplay charts, current recording releases and, for subscribers, news of the broadcast industry, announced winners of its annual Awards at a reception on August 6, during its 12th annual JazzWeek Summit, this year held in San Jose, CA. Awards are presented for stations, programmers, … [read more]


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]

Jazz World News

[View the story “Global Jazz News – Sept 14″ on Storify]… [read more]





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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: 

The seeds of the Jazz Journalists Association … [read more]

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

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.