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Dr. Billy Taylor: pianist, jazz journalist

Dec 30th, 2010 | By
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As arts correspondent for Charles Kuralt’s CBS Sunday Morning, musical director of the David Frost Show, and broadcaster on WNEW and WLIB radio among others, Dr. Billy Taylor made invaluable contributions to jazz journalism, even in the midst of his storied career as a jazz pianist.

Tributes to the late Dr. Taylor are rolling in across the web – Marc … [read more]



“The Cry of Jazz” named by National Film Registry

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Ed Bland’s “The Cry of Jazz,” a low-budget semi-documentary made in Chicago in 1958 with original music by Sun Ra performed by his Arkestra, is among the 25 films named this year to the National Film Registry, a catalog of movies to be preserved for the ages in a program run by the Library of Congress. There are now 550 … [read more]



Randy Sandke’s polemic on jazz criticism and race

Dec 20th, 2010 | By
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Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics and Business of Jazz
By Randall Sandke (Foreword by Ed Berger)
Scarecrow Press, 2010, 275 pp., 246 pp., $40.00, hardcover

Review by Howard Mandel

Randall Sandke, known to jazz aficionados as a trumpeter and composer, has written a provocative, exhaustively researched and ambitiously analytical book about a … [read more]



Critics’ 2010 Roundtable at Nate Chinen’s The Gig

Dec 18th, 2010 | By

December 17 — Leading jazz critic Nate Chinen (The New York Times, JazzTimes) has convened four fellow critics for a lively and opinionated roundtable discussion at his blog The Gig. In addition to JJA member Chinen and JJA News editor David R. Adler, the roundtable features Chris Barton (Los Angeles Times), Jennifer Odell (Down [read more]



JJA conference schedule, registration available

Dec 17th, 2010 | By

The schedule for “New Media for New Jazz,” the JJA’s second annual conference in New York City, being held from January 7 through 11, has taken shape, and registration is now open. As previously reported,  the conference will include a series of panel discussions, town hall meetings, workshops to be held at the Sheraton NY, and a Friday afternoon cocktail … [read more]



JJA joins APAP, JEN

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has joined the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and the Jazz Education Network (JEN), as a “support organization” and “Network Affiliate Group,” respectively. Both APAP and JEN are holding conventions in early January, APAP in New York and JEN in New Orleans — and the JJA will be having its second annual conference, “New Media … [read more]



JJA seeks applicants, activists

Dec 15th, 2010 | By

The JJA is on the move. Our “New Media for New Jazz” conference is set for January 7 – 11 in NYC — simultaneous with Winter Jazzfest (conference registrants will get in free), the Association for Performing Arts Presenters convention (our conference sessions — details and registration to be posted shortly — will take place within APAP’s spaces; we’ll be … [read more]



Congrats to Brother Tate

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

Greg Tate — author, cultural activist and guitarist/musical director of the celebratory free-funk band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber — has been named a USA Ford Fellow by United States Artists, one of 50 artists in eight disciplines to receive $50,000 each, no strings attached.

Other jazz-and/music/improv related recipients this year  include pianist-composer Uri Caine, new music accordionist  Guy Klucevsek, … [read more]



Horror for freelancers?

Dec 8th, 2010 | By

Concert and festival producer Absolutely Live Entertainment shocked some JJA members in an e-mail promoting its upcoming Wayne Shorter concert at Town Hall (NYC). “(T)his will be a “no comp” show, [so] we are offering our industry and musician friends an opportunity to purchase tickets directly through our office,” the message read, seeming to remove what freelance writers and photographers … [read more]



JJA announces Jan 2011 conference in NYC

Dec 6th, 2010 | By

The JJA, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding, has organized five days of programming for members in New York City, January 7 through 11 2011. Events are being scheduled to coincide but not conflict with the Association for Performing Arts Presenters convention, Winter Jazz Fest (to which JJA members will be admitted free) and induction ceremonies for the incoming … [read more]