Pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, vibraphonist Gary Burton and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater were given top honors — along with veteran author, editor, educator and radio show host W. Royal Stokes, freelance writer Nate Chinen, Spanish photographer Antonio Porcar Cano and videographer John Moultrie — at the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association’s New York City awards party at … [read more]2014 JJA Jazz Awards winners announced!
NEW YORK – The Jazz Journalists Association today announced winners of 2014 JJA Jazz Awards in 32 categories of musical achievement. Herbie Hancock — the man behind International Jazz Day (April 30) as UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialog and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – is being honored for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, … [read more]
Jazz of a Sunny Day
This mental work, what’s the point,
Working over things
Kneading my flesh
Like bread dough
Bread is always on my mind
The money’s running out
Worried about money
Ready, steady, cash
Sometimes it works like this
Just snap your fingers
It’s there… So there you are,
Plus the worries about
Sexuality, … [read more]
If anyone had told me I would be writing the biography of Sheila Jordan I would have rolled my eyes. Yet, here I am preparing for the September release of Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group). Being presented with this undertaking by Ms. Jordan herself carried a huge responsibility. My aspiration was to tell … [read more]
Jennifer Odell is a New Orleans-based contributing writer for Downbeat Magazine and the Offbeat Magazine. We decided tap her knowledge on what it means to cover a jazz festival in the 21st century. We came to Jennifer in the wake of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the “unofficial launch” of the summer jazz festival season. In … [read more]
With the launch of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last weekend (April 26, continuing through May 4), the summer jazz festival season has arrived. According to the May issue of DownBeat, there are 87 fests across the U.S. from May through mid-October that feature jazz (either primarily or in part.) And they provide jazz journalists with the best as … [read more]
Best reason to renew JJA memberships if your annual dues are nearly due: The JJA board of directors has approved a dues raise for both full-voting journalist members and individual associate members, as of May 1.
The first increase in dues levied since 2000, journalist-members dues will rise from $75 to $90 per annum, and associate individual (non-voting) memberships from … [read more]
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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]
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]
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.