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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 party– all  free, though registration is required.

APAP members are specially invited to attend the JJA  sessions– as are interested others.  JJA members are urged to come and to invite unaffiliated colleagues and students with strong interests in jazz and journalism.

The JJA Conference was organized to coincide with the APAP convention — which brings together jazz presenters from across the country — as well as to showcase spectacular Winter Jazzfest ( which JJA members  may attend for free if they register in advance) and to overlap with events around the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2011 Jazz Masters inductions, including the Jazz Masters January 11 concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This year’s conference “New Media for New Jazz” focuses on changes in jazz journalism and visions of its future. Issues such as entrepreneurial journalism, multi-media reporting, freelancing for local websites and search optimization for bloggers will be discussed; the JJA’s new eyeJAZZ.tv initiative will be introduced, developments in long form features will be analyzed and special attempts will be made to find common cause with presenters and musicians in work sessions slated for the afternoons of Sunday, Jan 9 and Monday, Jan 10.

A cocktail party Friday, Jan 7 at Faces and Names, 159 W. 54th St, offers conference attendees another chance to socialize, gripe and schmooze; at APAP’s concluding Jazz Forum, on Tuesday Jan 11, JJA members are invited to learn what APAP conventioneers have been discussing, and to speak up for ourselves about journalistic imperatives.

The complete JJA Conference schedule is below along with information about APAP and NEA sponsored events that JJA members can attend. Please register for the JJA events and contact President@jazzjournalists.org with questions, requests, comments, etc.

JJA 2011 Conference

schedule updated 12/29/2010 1pm

Jan 7 – 11 2011
New York City
( JJA-organized events listed below are free, open to the public and will be in Midtown Manhattan at or near the site of the simultaneous APAP conference; exact locations   below. Please register and we’ll email you changes as they are posted.  Please note: This calendar also includes simultaneous APAP and NEA-sponsored events in which JJA members can participate; see individual event listings for details about registering for those events.)

JJA Panel: Introducing eyeJAZZ.tv
Friday, 1/7/2011 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Sheraton NY- Conference Room”C”  Note: This is a CHANGE in room number as of 1/4
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street
How can you use inexpensive pocket video cameras and cell phones to report on, document or promote jazz in your community?See examples and and get an application to participate in eyeJAZZ.tv, the JJA’s new guerilla video-music news initiative.
Funded by MidAtlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz.NEXT program, generously
supported by the Doris Duke Foundation, the JJA is equipping and training
a cadre of citizen journalists with simple consumer equipment to create on-
site reports about jazz as it’s happening now — the people, the places, the
stories behind the music — and quickly post them to websites for widest online
distribution. Meet Floyd Webb, Chicago-based filmmaker and videographer who
with Brett “JazzVideoGuy” Primack, will be eyeJAZZ instructors; JoAnn Kawell of
Ozmotic Media, the web and social media consultant to eyeJAZZ and the JJA; Howard Mandel, JJA president and eyeJAZZ project director. Register

JJA Cocktail Reception for JJA & APAP members, colleagues, friends
Friday 1/7/2011 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Faces and Names Lounge, 159 W. 54th St.  PLEASE RSVP

Winter Jazzfest ( related non-JJA event)
Friday 1/7/2011 6 pm – 3:30 am Free admission for JJA members who register in advance to simultaneous performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, Kenny’s Castaways, Zinc Bar, Bleecker St. and West 3rd Streets, between Thompson and Sullivan Streets. NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THESE JJA WINTER JAZZFEST PASSES CLOSES 8PM THURS JAN 6

JJA Panel: The New Feature: Long Form Music Journalism Now
Saturday 1/8/2011 – 11 am – 1pm
Sheraton NY- Conference Room”C”
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street

Is “fly- on-the-wall” jazz journalism dead? Are there new rules (or
good ideas) for online writing? Must you embed audio, video,
stills and links in your texts? What about ebooks and self-

Panelists: Marc Myers, blogger of JazzWax.com, contributor to The Wall Street
Journal; David Hajdu, music critic for The New Republic, professor of the
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, author of Lush Life: A
Biography of Billy Strayhorn; Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan
Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina and Heroes and Villians:
Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture, among other books. Moderator:
Howard Mandel, blogger at ArtsJournal.com/JazzBeyondJazz, author Future
Jazz and Miles Ornette Cecil – Jazz Beyond Jazz, president of the JJA, senior
contributor Down Beat. Register

JJA Town Hall: State of Jazz Journalism Now, Prospects for Immediate Future.
Saturday 1/8/2011 – 2 pm – 4 pm

Sheraton NY- Conference Room”C”
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street

What’s happening now in jazz journalism, and what’s happening next?
Moderated by James Hale, Ottawa-based journalist/former vice-president
of the JJA, this meeting will focus on the current landscape of professional
music journalism, including developments in online/in-print publication hybrids,
multimedia reporting, the rise of musician bloggers, using social networks
to maximize audiences, realities of online income, advertising and other
entrepreneurial strategies. Confirmed participants include: Darcy James Argue,
composer/orchestra-leader/blogger; Jerry Portwood, Manhattan Media/City
Arts-New York editor; Jana Herzen, Motema Records principal; Russ Davis,
Moja Radio; JoAnn Kawell, Ozmotic Media; David Adler, AllAbout Jazz-New
York, JazzTimes, the blog Leterland and editor, JJANews.org; Michael Ricci,
AllaboutJazz.com, Howard Mandel, JJA president. Attendee participation
encouraged. Register

Winter Jazzfest ( related non-JJA event)
Saturday 1/8/2011 6 pm – 4 am Free admission for JJA members who register in advance . Note: One registeration is good for Fri and Sat. See Fri listing for details.

JJA working session with APAP Members: Presenters and Journalists Working Together
Sunday 1/9/2011 – 3pm to 5pm

Sheraton NY- Conference Room”C”
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street

APAP members (and interested others) are specially invited to join JJA members in this free-ranging discussion Moderated by Yvonne Ervin, executive director of the Western Jazz Presenters Alliance, vice-president of the Jazz Journalists Association. We need each other: How can presenters get coverage and journalists get access, in a 24/7 news cycle? To  forge mutually beneficial relations that respect professional boundaries, jazz writers, photographers and broadcasters and jazz presenters, whether non-profit or for-profit, must hammer out basic agreements on specific issues.
Confirmed participants include Adam Schatz, Search and Restore nonprofit,  Marguerite Horberg, Porto Luz/Partisan Arts International, Chicago; Arnie Molina, Flynn Center, Burlington VT;  Dawn Singh, Tanglewood Jazz Festival; Mark Christman, Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia; others TBA.Register

JJA working session with APAP Members: Presenters and Journalists Working Together
Monday 1/10/2011 3 pm – 5 pm

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME FOR THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CHANGED. It will now begin at 3pm because of a change in the time of the NEA Jazz Masters Panel.

Sheraton NY- Conference Room”C”
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street

APAP members (and interested others) are specially invited to join JJA members in continuing Sunday’s discussion about attention, access, rights, other hands-on issues.  Musicians join the discussion with presenters and journalists on mutually beneficial professional relations. Issues include what is fair use of audio/video excerpts or interviews in multi-media reporting? How can advance publicity work hand-in-hand with post-performance reviews? Is there a role for critics, or is mediation no longer necessary/desirable between artists and audiences?

Moderated by Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association. Confirmed participants include Melvin Gibbs, bassist; Adam Schatz, Search and Restore non-profit; others TBA. Register

NEA Jazz Masters Panel Discussion (related non-JJA event)
Monday 1/10/2011  TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED PLEASE CHECK WITH THE NEA for new info Varis-Leichtman Studio, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street.
A.B. Spellman moderates panel discussion with the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters. Free and open to the public; first come, first served.

Ellis Marsalis Performance (related non-JJA event)

Monday 1/10/2011 9-10pm Apple Store, 1981 Broadway (67th Street & Broadway

According to Nu Jazz Entertainment,  “The performance  celebrates the  release of the first  iTunes Jazz “LP” Ellis Marsalis: An Open Letter To Thelonious

A free shuttle van  will run from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Apple Store from 8:30pm -9:15pm and from 10:00pm-10:30pm. There will also be a select number of press passes available, and their are a limited amount of iTunes download codes that will be made available for reviewers to preview the album. Potential reviewers should email their name, physical mailing address, landline contact info, and publications they write for to: press@nujazzentertainment.com.”

APAP  Jazz Forum (related non-JJA event)

Tuesday 1/11/2011 3 pm – 5 pm APAP Conference site. An open forum on APAP jazz issues; facilitated by Larry Simpson (senior vp of Academic Affairs, Berklee College of Music, Boston). JJA members are invited to attend; check w/ APAP for exact location.

NEA Jazz Masters Concert (related non-JJA event)
Tuesday 1/11/2011 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall; post-concert meet-and-greet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Atrium. Tickets required; contact Liz Stark at the NEA, starke@arts.gov or call 202 682-5744. Only a few tickets are available, so do it today!

Registration and schedule in calendar view (JJA events only)


About Howard Mandel

Howard Mandel is an author, media and events producer, editor, educator, lecturer and president of the Jazz Journalists Association.

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  1. I think I have been erroniously invited..I am a singer and not a journalist..\\thank You,

    Helen Merrill

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