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Robin Lloyd joins JJA board of directors, Mike West rotates off
Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Robin Lloyd, Jazz and Blues program host at KPLU-FM (Seattle/Tacoma) and a member of the Jazz Education Network as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association, is joining the board of directors of the JJA. 

Simultaneously and for unrelated reasons, Washington D.C.-based writer Mike West has asked to leave the board after completing a three year term. Mike says the arrival of his second … [read more]

Headliners

Jazz educators/academics and jazz journalists: friends or foes?
Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association’s free webinar series Talking Jazz continues Wednesday, January 21 at 8 pm Eastern standard time with a freewheeling discussion on the relationship between jazz academia and jazz journalism. Panelists Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Larry Ridley, Alex W. Rodrigues and Neil Tesser will take up questions, moderated by JJA president Howard Mandel. Access to the webinar is free, … [read more]

Articles

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]

Dan Morgenstern, portrait of a jazz lover Dan Morgenstern is admired for knowledge and sensitivity to musicians and their creative activities throughout the jazz world. Tom Reney explains why.
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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
Even Picasso
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
Everyday things,
Sexuality, … [read more]

jazzchild cover

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]

Jazz World News

The JJA's ongoing jazz news aggregation, edited by Jared Negley

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

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

41JoSkU557L._AA160_ 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.