The Jazz Journalists Association has announced nominees for its 2017 JJA Jazz Awards, the 21st annual celebration of excellence in music and music journalism. Henry Threadgill, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music and the JJA’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, tops the ballot with seven nominations, followed by tenor saxophonist-bandleader Charles Lloyd and pianist-trio leader Fred Hersch, … [read more]26 Jazz Heroes in 20 U.S. locales announced, with parties
More than two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — Americans exerting unusual positive musical influence on their communities, and not only by being musicians – have been named be celebrated in 20 U.S. locales throughout April, Jazz Appreciation Month 2017, the Jazz Journalists Association announces in collaboration with jazz community grassroots groups, institutions and supporters nationwide.
She complete list of Heroes, with photos, bios and … [read more]
Editor’s note: Nat Hentoff, jazz journalist, civil rights advocate and JJA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, died January 7, 2017. Christine Passarella, educator and founder of Kids for Coltrane, was among those benefitting from Nat’s attentions and support.
A Writer Supreme, by Christine Passarella
In a New York City Greenwich Village apartment sat a man deeply absorbed in … [read more]
W. Royal Stokes has posted his annual roundup of music-and-culture-related books he received from publishers in 2016. He has annotated each of 150 titles with notes from their press releases and his own mini-reviews. His comments on books dealing specifically with jazz are excerpted below.
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An extensive list of hundreds of international esteemed jazz, blues and “creative music” instrumentalists, vocalists and adherents of those arts who died in 2016. Compiled for the Jazz Journalists Association from sources including local newspapers, Deadrockstars.com, the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt newsletter, AllAboutJazz.com, Wikipedia, the New York Times, Legacy.com, Rolling Stone, Variety, JazzTimes.com, blogs, listserves, Facebook pages and European publications. Links to their … [read more]
Journalist and broadcaster Ted Panken, a master interviewer, received the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, WEMU (Ypsilanti MI) music director and program host Linda Yohn was given the JJA’s Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for excellence in broadcasting and DownBeat magazine was … [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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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]