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JJA Jazz Awards 2010 Go Digital, Local, Global, Viral

Jun 15th, 2010 | By

[Photo: Vijay Iyer accepting award. © Enid Farber 2010]

This is the year the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Awards went digital, increasingly global and emphatically more local, all at once.

Using streaming online video and social media plus the energies of JJA members to organize distant “satellite parties,” the JJA Jazz Awards June 14 celebrated excellence with a gala at City … [read more]



Photos from Chicago!

Jun 15th, 2010 | By
from left: Art Lange (first president of the Jazz Journalists Association); JJA Jazz Heroes Joe Segal and Geraldine de Haas; Neil Tesser, MC of the Chicago Jazz Awards satellite party.


And the winners are…!

Jun 15th, 2010 | By

Here is the rundown from yesterday. And be sure to read JJA President Howard Mandel on the “why” of the Awards (from June 10th).

Video from the event available here. And an evolving photo gallery from Fran Kaufman here. (Photo at left: Josh Jackson with his Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting, © Fran Kaufman.)

Thank you to all who attended, … [read more]



Sam Stephenson’s The Jazz Loft Project: A Review

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957 – 1965
By Sam Stephenson
Alfred A. Knopf, and Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, 2009;
288 pp.; $40 hardcover

When W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) moved into his storied loft in New York, he was already a superstar of the photographic world somewhat trapped by … [read more]



A View from the JEN Conference

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Conference, held May 20-22 in St. Louis, has come and gone but the two-week “postgame” window now allows enough distance for some reflection. Approximately 1,100 people — predominantly educators, with some musicians and industry people mixed in — attended the three-day affair. While there were only a few artist representatives and fewer presenters on hand, … [read more]



Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz
By Thomas L. Morgan
Turner Publishing, Nashville, TN, 2009;
206 pp., $39.95 hardcover

This attractive volume contains more than 200 images, many of which are quite rare, illustrating the history of jazz in New Orleans from the earliest times through the end of the 20th century. The vast majority (85-90 percent) of the photographs are … [read more]



JJA Announces its 2010 “A Team” and Jazz Heroes!

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has named eight new members to its “A Team” of  Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz,”  along with five “JJA Jazz Heroes,” who have done exceptional work to support jazz at the local level.  The new A Team and Jazz Heroes will be honored at the June 14 JJA Jazz Awards gala in New … [read more]



JJA Photo of the Year Finalists, In Their Own Words

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Back in the 1980s, the Warsaw-based International Jazz Federation held an annual competition, Jazz Photo International, featuring submissions in an exhibition at Poland’s premier festival, the Jazz Jamboree, and publishing the winning images in Jazz Forum magazine, also based in Warsaw. (The magazine is still alive and well, though now only in Polish: www.jazzforum.com.pl.) On an international scale, this was … [read more]