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Video: 2015 JJA Jazz Awards party at Blue Note
Aug 17th, 2015 | By

The JJA’s Youtube published video of the 2015 Jazz Awards party in New York City held June 16,

Randy Weston, 2015 JJA Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree. Photo by Enid Farber

features a performance and talk by Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree Randy Weston, excerpts of music by Fula Flute, Antoinette Montague with Danny Mixon, the Mimi Jones Quintet, and journalists, … [read more]

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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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Articles

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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]

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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]

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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]

Jazz World News

[View the story “Jazz news August 2015: Festivals” on Storify]

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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: 

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

Member Updates

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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.