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Archive for January 2011

JEN Conference: A Report from the Crescent City

Jan 31st, 2011 | By
Congo Square Mardi Gras Indians, during performance with Donald Harrison, Jr. Photo by Jim Eigo.

Congo Square Mardi Gras Indians (Gerald French in orange, Shaka Zulu in green), during performance with Donald Harrison, Jr. Photo by Jim Eigo.

Risen from the ashes of IAJE under the auspices and hard work of Dr. Lou Fischer and Mary Jo Papich and their loyal board in St. Louis, the Jazz Education Network held its second conference in New … [read more]



Panama Jazz Festival 2011: Thoughts on jazz, journalism and national culture

Jan 26th, 2011 | By
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Panama is not known for its jazz scene, and currently there isn’t really a conversation about jazz in the small Central American nation. But Danilo Pérez, through his stewardship of the Panama Jazz Festival and the Danilo Pérez Foundation, is beginning to impact and slowly change this reality by attracting world-class talent and institutionalizing community-oriented music projects.

As a journalist … [read more]



Journalists, Musicians, Presenters: Rights

Jan 26th, 2011 | By

At the Jazz Journalists Association’s “New Media for New Jazz” conference, two town hall-style forums focused on how jazz journalists and presenters and musicians can work together for the good of all, and especially for the good of the music.   Part of the impetus for this discussion was the JJA’s new video project, eyeJAZZ (www.eyejazz.tv) in which journalists will be … [read more]



Jazz, Race, Politics: Randy Sandke Replies to Howard Mandel

Jan 25th, 2011 | By
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[Editor’s note: This piece is in reply to Howard Mandel’s book review, posted December 20, 2010.]

Let’s start with what my book is about. It recounts how several jazz writers from the late 1930s (the dawn of jazz writing) to the present day have attempted to impose extra-musical agendas on the music. The book meticulously documents the many … [read more]



Q&A with Larry Appelbaum: The Library of Congress/UMG “Mile of Music”

Jan 21st, 2011 | By

On January 10, 2011, the Library of Congress announced its acquisition of a trove of recorded music from the vaults of Universal Music Group (UMG), spanning the years 1926-1948. The New York Times recently ran a story by Larry Rohter on the acquisition.

What is the true significance of this “mile of music”? We asked the JJA’s Larry Appelbaum, jazz … [read more]



eyeJAZZ Training Program Explained

Jan 18th, 2011 | By

“Jazz Video Guy” Bret Primack, an eyeJAZZ instructor, explains the eyeJAZZ Training Program in this video, made with the same pocket camera that will be used in the program. Here’s how YOU can apply. Applications accepted until February 15.

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The New Feature: Long-Form Journalism Now

Jan 17th, 2011 | By

New York, January 13, 2011 — On Saturday, January 8, members of the JJA as well as interested musicians and industry representatives slowly kept trickling shortly after what was supposed to be an 11:00 a.m. start time for a discussion on the prospects for long-form journalism. (The tardiness possibly because of too much fun at the previous night’s Winter Jazzfest.)… [read more]



Opportunities for journalists

Jan 15th, 2011 | By

The Best Music Writing series editor has called for submissions for its 2011 edition, to be guest edited by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, and the Nieman Fellowship applications deadline is January 31 for journalists who want to spend a year in financially-supported study at Harvard.

Daphne Carr, whose annual anthology of music writing has been published by Da … [read more]



Ballot Committee Chair: Step Up!

Jan 13th, 2011 | By

Welcome to the JJA’s 25th anniversary year. Since being established in 1986, this organization has become a serious contributor in many significant ways to the culture, community and industry of jazz.

But before self-praise: The JJA needs a ballot committee chair for our 15th annual Jazz Awards, scheduled for mid June 2011. We need members to take responsibility for initiating … [read more]



APAP Jazz Forum report

Jan 13th, 2011 | By

At a public forum on jazz organized to conclude the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 2011 conference, the focus was as always on the challenges of promoting, perpetuating and profiting from the diverse activities associated with jazz. Ably moderated by Dr. Lawrence Simpson, senior vice-president for academic affairs and provost of Berklee College of Music, the forum started with formal … [read more]