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]
2013 Jazz Awards: Music winners announced, journalists tk
Wayne Shorter took triple honors among winners of the 17th annual JJA Jazz Awards for musical achievement, announced online today, while plans were laid for winners of Awards
for accomplishments in jazz journalism to be announced at the annual Jazz Awards gala — being celebrated as the 25th birthday of the Jazz Journalists Association — on June 19 from 4 to … [read more]
Redstar Union, a nine-month-old venture in Cambridge, Mass., isn’t easy to label. It’s a state-of-the-art multimedia production studio, capable of recording multitrack audio and HD video, and streaming to the internet in real time. It’s also an intimate performance space,
with superb sound and an elevated stage ringed by computer-controlled cameras and sophisticated lighting. And Redstar Union is home to … [read more]
Every year, we ask Jazz Journalists Association members to tell us the best jazz they heard during the year. It’s up to each member to choose what to list and in what format. Here are their choices for 2012. Results are still coming in, so check back often to see additional lists.
Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling
Listed in chronological order of their deaths, earliest first. Sources include periodicals, personal communication and public websites.
MOST NOTABLE: JOHNNY OTIS, ETTA JAMES, JOHN LEVY, CLARE FISCHER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, RED HOLLOWAY, EARL SCRUGGS, DICK CLARK, JOE MURANYI, PHOEBE JACOBS, CHUCK BROWN, DONNA SUMMER, CARRIE SMITH, DOC WATSON, GRAEME BELL, KITTY WELLS, … [read more]
Cyril Moshkow, publisher and editor of Jazz.Ru, author of a Russian-only book on the American jazz business and a longtime correspondent/friend of the JJA, came to the U.S. in October to introduce
pianist Ivan Farmakovsky’s American quartet in performance at Princeton University and elsewhere.Here’s a brief report from Cyril. His detailed reports are on his blog and other platforms linked to below:
“They tell you they are going to help you do it, but they don’t, so I hired eBook Architects in Austin, Texas to do that for me, and now the book looks great.”
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Happy New Year, Jazz Journalists Association members and friends — please help us celebrate 2013 as the 25th anniversary of the founding of our professional organization. Supporting the creation and dissemination of high quality coverage of jazz in all its forms, and encouraging the growth of the jazz audience through innovative as well as traditional forms of media, the JJA looks to … [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]
New-Orleans bred John McCusker, for 30 years a photojournalist with the Times-Picayune and a local jazz historian, has written a tightly strung, contemplative biography of that life—revealing not only Ory’s personal story but the music in which it moved.