Henry Threadgill is recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award — composer-orchestra leader Maria Schneider wins Musician of the Year and four other Awards, including Best Album of 2015 for The Thompson Fields - and saxophonist Kamasi Washington is hailed as Up and Coming Musician of the Year, by voting members of the JJA in the organization’s 20th … [read more]JJA Media Party at Blue Note, NYC — June 15 2016!
Winners of the 2016 Jazz Awards for journalism will be announced and presented, along with the Jazz Hero Award for New York City’s Rio Sakairi and performances by drummer Herlin Riley’s Quintet, singer René Marie and her trio, and pianist John Beasley — fresh from music directing the International Jazz … [read more]
The 2016 class of “Jazz Heroes” — 27 activists of positive influence on their U.S. musical communities and beyond — have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association, the non-profit organization of media professionals, in collaborations with grassroots groups and supporters in 23 U.S. communities. See names, detailed bios and portraits of the Heroes on the JJA’s website http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/2016-jazz-heroes.html
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Andy Gilbert, a noted Bay Area freelance writer, has accepted a seat on the Jazz Journalists Association’s board of directors.
Frequently published by the San Jose Mercury News, SF Chronicle, JazzTimes and Berkeleyside.com, among other publications, Andy describes himself as “mostly a newspaper guy.” He has admired the JJA’s expansions into new media, but concedes he has not yet acclimated to … [read more]
W. Royal Stokes’ Roundup of 130 or so Jazz, Blues, Beyond and other books published in the past year or so provides a useful guide for JJA members nominating Best Books for the 2016 Jazz Awards. Stokes, a longtime JJA member and Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, only included books he received review copies of, so some jazz … [read more]
Nicole Mitchell, winner of the JJA’s 2015 Flutist of the Year Award, received her engraved statuette at the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s free Jazzcity “Voices Heard” concert December 11 at the Garfield Park Conservatory, thus completing the nationwide presentation of Awards for excellence … [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]