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Archive for May 2010

Jazz Icons Lambasts JJA, Calls DVD Nominee a “Bootleg”

May 14th, 2010 | By

May 13, 2010, New York — “You should be ashamed of yourselves,” producers of the Jazz Icons DVD series scolded the Jazz Journalists Association for naming Count Basie & His Orchestra — Live in Berlin & Stockholm 1968 a “Jazz Video of the Year” finalist in the 2010 JJA Jazz Awards. In an “open letter” sent to a selection of … [read more]



Tanglewood Awards Jazz Café Spots Via Video Submissions

May 13th, 2010 | By

Wednesday, May 12 — Boston: The Tanglewood Jazz Festival (Sept. 4-5, 2010, in Lenox MA) has announced it will award four performance spots on the “Jazz Café” stage of its annual Labor Day weekend programming on the basis of musicians’ videotapes and electronic press kits. For what appears to be the first time, emerging artists are being asked to submit … [read more]



Post Mortem: Gene Lees, jazz writer

May 12th, 2010 | By

This article originally appeared in the Post Mortem blog published by The Washington Post. It is reproduced with the permission of JJA member Matt Schudel.

It just so happened that I renewed my membership in the Jazz Journalists Association on Friday [April 23], the same day I heard that Gene Lees had died. I’ve been writing about jazz since 1992,… [read more]


Rifftides: Gene Lees, 1928-2010

May 12th, 2010 | By

This article originally appeared on Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides blog, published by ArtsJournal.com.

Gene Lees. Photograph by John Reeves.

Gene Lees died on April 22. We lost a writer unsurpassed at illuminating music and the world that musicians inhabit. I lost a cherished colleague whose work inspired me, a dear friend whose companionship brightened my existence. For a formal biography, see … [read more]



Last Year’s Honorees, This Year’s Winners (again)

May 11th, 2010 | By

America’s best high school jazz bands are directed by JJA “A Team” honorees, according to Jazz At Lincoln Center, announcing winners of its 15th annual Essentially Ellington competition.

The Garfield High School (Seattle) Jazz Band took first place, a trophy and $5,000 in the weekend-long competition and festival, which comprised performances and workshops by 15 finalists drawn from 96 bands applying … [read more]



President’s Report: May 2010

May 8th, 2010 | By
Howard Mandel

Big steps forward are hard for anybody doing anything substantial. The JJA’s recent big steps include:

  • putting together the 14th annual JJA Jazz Awards at City Winery in NYC on June 14. Go to JJAJazzAwards.org for details and to buy tickets ($75 to paid-up JJA members);
  • transforming Jazz Notes, a quarterly, into JJA News, which can operate as
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JJA Jazz Awards 2010 – Lineup Confirmed! Tickets on Sale!

May 8th, 2010 | By

Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band, Tia Fuller’s Quartet, Marc Cary’s Focus Trio, guitarist Rale Micic’s trio and solo pianist Ayako Shirasaki will perform at the JJA’s 2010 Jazz Awards gala, to be held at City Winery (155 Varick St.) in New York City, doors opening at 3:30 pm on Monday, June 14. Terrance McKnight, host of Q2 on WQXR, is the … [read more]