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Archive for July 2010

Nate Chinen on Willem Breuker

Jul 31st, 2010 | By

Nate Chinen, the JJA’s Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award winner, assesses the fine career of the late Willem Breuker for The New York Times.… [read more]

Jazz Awards on MOJA Radio, July 31st

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

New York, July 30th — MOJA Radio host and JJA Member Russ Davis attended the JJA’s 2010 Jazz Awards event at City Winery, and this Saturday (July 31st), on his all-day special Words & Music, Russ will broadcast a special edition called “And the Winners Are…!” — featuring his interviews as well as audio taken from the stage as artists accepted … [read more]

Need to Know

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

What does a writer need to know in order to write both well, and also dispassionately, about music?

Many musicians feel that only another musician, one equipped with a technical understanding of the craft, can take the full measure of one of their own. But is that necessarily true? If it were, we might presume that many if not most … [read more]

Jazz Matters: panel dates confirmed, seeking input

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By

Colleagues take note! We have two upcoming Jazz Matters panel discussions confirmed — Wednesday, September 8th September 15th and Wednesday, October 6th. Both to take place from 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music performance space, 5th Floor, 55 West 13th Street in Manhattan. More dates hopefully to follow.

We’ll likely be making arrangements for recording, video and … [read more]

Vegas firm suing bloggers over copyrights

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By

Wired has the story (via Arts Journal):

“Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he’s making money.”


“[Steve] Gibson’s vision is to monetize news content on … [read more]

Tavis Smiley program on New Orleans

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By

Via the JJA’s Larry Blumenfeld:

Tonight’s (July 22) “Tavis Smiley Reports” primetime special, “New Orleans: Been in the Storm Too Long,” was produced in collaboration with director Jonathan Demme. If you missed it, you can probably catch it online here.

Larry adds: “Smiley lent Demme a week of his airtime in 2008 to air parts of Demme’s ongoing documentary, “Right to … [read more]

The Freelance National Anthem

Jul 21st, 2010 | By

Thanks to Media Bistro (and Youtube) for bringing this ode of joy to JJA attentions, and to Bill Dyszel for its creation (see next page)… [read more]

Cadence launches website

Jul 20th, 2010 | By

Redwood, NY — Cadence magazine, the independent quarterly journal of improvised music, has created a new (and still under contruction) website, http://www.cadencemagazine.com. With a blog by founder-publisher-editor Bob Rusch, a free sample issue, back issue displays and a music order-form connected to its distribution arm and North Country Audio business, Cadence joins Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, the Wire, Jazzwise … [read more]

Tom Nolan’s Artie Shaw, Reviewed

Jul 18th, 2010 | By

Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw
By Tom Nolan
W. W. Norton, New York, 2010; 430 pp.; $29.95 hardcover

I was wrong about Artie Shaw. I thought, since I heard that he stormed off the stage at the peak of his career over a fan’s umpteenth request for (fill in the blank) “Begin the Beguine,” “Star … [read more]

The International Herald Trombone: A Tribute to Mike Zwerin, 1930-2010

Jul 13th, 2010 | By

For decades Mike Zwerin was the significant American in Paris for a floating readership of world travelers and settled expats, ready with the word about music, delivered in an idiom of cosmopolitan verbal swing on the back page of the International Herald Tribune four or so times a month. In the days before the web he was the fastest friend … [read more]