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Archive for August 2010

#jazzlives, the twitter campaign, at one year old

Aug 26th, 2010 | By

#Jazzlives is a Twitter campaign meant to demonstrate there is indeed a healthy, happy, young and tech-savvy audience for live jazz. I’ve posted at length about it on my blog in hopes of reinforcing the campaign’s popularity during these last weeks of August and early September, high season for jazz festivals where audiences can be encouraged to tweet, raising their … [read more]

Detroit Intern’l To Stream Performances, Commentary Live Video

Aug 25th, 2010 | By

Raising the stakes of media “musts” for free, city-supported jazz performances, the Detroit International Jazz Festival has announced it will stream video of live and taped performances, news flashes, artist interviews and informed commentary throughout its Labor Day weekend activities, September 3 through 6. … [read more]

Gridley call for photos for Jazz Styles textbook

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

Mark Gridley, author of Jazz Styles: History and Analysis, a leading textbook introducing the music to undergraduates for three decades, has called for color action photographs of almost two dozen post-1950 jazz stars for inclusion in an 11th edition forthcoming from Pearson/Prentice -Hall. Concurrently, Gridley has faced criticism from a veteran JJA photographer for the rights agreement governing compensation of … [read more]

The Write Stuff: Jazz Journalism training camp, London

Aug 22nd, 2010 | By

Online journalism, feature writing and reviewing and a look at the development of the UK jazz and music press are topics of sessions for emerging jazz journalists at the 8th annual presentation of The Write Stuff, an eight-session professional development initiative to be held during the London Jazz Festival, November 12 and 13, 17 through 21 at the Southbank Centre. … [read more]

Nate Chinen on Abbey Lincoln

Aug 14th, 2010 | By

In the New York Times. Farewell to one of our absolute greats.… [read more]

First photo book $3k grant opportunity

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Here’s a grant opportunity (biannual prize) that may be of interest to jazz photographers — from New York Foundation for the Arts “Headlines and Deadlines‘ column:

Deadline, September 8  — The Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biannual prize awarded to an American documentary photographer whose work has not yet been published in

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Jazz journalism on a foreign road

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

The joys of jazz-related summer travel in Italy have long been known. I detail some of the fun I had at the Siena Jazz Workshop and Tuscia in Jazz Festival in Soriano nel Cimino in this lengthy blog posting.

But here are some tips for jazz journalists considering such trips. Though based on my experience of only ten days, during … [read more]

Dennis Stock’s Jazz Street: An Appreciation

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

The passing of photographer Dennis Stock earlier this year (at age 81) inspired me to dig out my copy of a now 50-year-old volume, published by Doubleday in 1960. Looking through these black-and-white photographs is like seeing old friends again, though so many of those pictured — and now their chronicler, too — are gone.

In 1982, Ralph Pomeroy wrote … [read more]

Marc Myers on Mitch Miller

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

Jazz Awards 2010 nominee and JazzWax proprietor Marc Myers assesses the legacy of the late Mitch Miller, under the headline: “Mitch Miller: Jazz Friend or Foe?” Read Marc and get the answer.… [read more]

Job op: Director of PR, Boosey & Hawkes

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

As an occasional service to JJA members, JJA News will list employment opportunities appropriate to skilled and knowledgeable journalists. Boosey & Hawkes is an international music publisher, representing in the jazz field composers including Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Michael Benoit, Charles Mingus and Andrew Hill.

Director, Media & Public Relations


Promotion Manager


If interested, send resume, cover letter and salary … [read more]