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Archive for January 2011

Town Hall: The State of Jazz Journalism and Future Prospects

Jan 10th, 2011 | By

New York, January 10, 2011 — JJA President Howard Mandel grabbed the blue-padded chairs in Conference Room C at Manhattan’s midtown Sheraton Hotel and started rearranging them into two concentric circles, urging others to do the same. Mandel wanted the JJA’s January 8 town hall meeting, “The State of Jazz Journalism Now,” to be more of a democratic discussion than … [read more]



Early reports from JJA@APAP, JEN

Jan 9th, 2011 | By

The JJA’s “New Media for New Jazz” conference got off to a quick and productive start on Friday and Saturday with a well-attended panel introducing eyeJAZZ.tv, a lively cocktail party, interesting session on “The New Feature: Long Form Journalism Now” and a very well attended, lively and engaging discussion of the “State of Jazz Journalism Now and Immediate Prospects.” Further … [read more]



Alyn Shipton’s Cab Calloway, reviewed

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Hi-De-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway
By Alyn Shipton
Oxford University Press, New York, 2010; 304 pp.; $29.95 hardcover

Review by arnold jay smith

What do we know about Cab Calloway? Zoot-suited. White tails. Hepcat scat-singing entertainer. Conducted with a long baton. And that hair. Called bebop “Chinese music.” What with all his famous sidemen, Cab’s stage persona and cavorting, … [read more]



New #jazzlinks hashtag effort at WBGO-FM

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Hello fellow jazz writers,

I am writing to share some good news! WBGO, 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey, has recently created a new staff position, Digital Content Editor, which I have been hired to fill. Part of my new job description is to develop services at the WBGO website that can serve our listeners and jazz fans across the world. One of the … [read more]



Apply now to eyeJAZZ Training Program

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

Applications to the eyeJAZZ Training Program are now being accepted. Successful applicants will receive a free pocket video camera* and instruction in basic video production and editing and in jazz journalism and storytelling.

eyeJAZZ.tv is the video project of the Jazz Journalists Association, funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its JazzNEXT program. The aim of the eyeJAZZ training … [read more]



Call for contributors to JJA News

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

JJA News is seeking contributors from among the JJA membership. This is your organization, and it’s your publication, so we want your voices heard, we want your news reported.

Items for JJA News are not necessarily full-blown articles or think-pieces – rather, quick hits on events transpiring in jazz journalism, the wider media and the arts in general that you, … [read more]



Member Updates: January 2011

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

NEW MEMBERS

Francie Scanlon, an attorney and freelance writer in New York, has most recently been covering the five-borough jazz scene for the Queens Ledger Newsgroup.

MEMBER UPDATES

Larry Appelbaum recently gave talks on jazz and cultural change at the Kiev International Jazz Festival. His “Before & After” columns with Helen Merrill, Terri Lyne Carrington and Marc Cary appeared … [read more]



Deaths in 2010

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

[This list has been updated.]

JOHN NORRIS, BILL DIXON, JOHN DANKWORTH, HERB ELLIS, MIKE ZWERIN, GENE LEES, LENA HORNE, HANK JONES, FRED ANDERSON, BENNY POWELL, WILLEM BREUKER, MITCH MILLER, ABBEY LINCOLN, HERMAN LEONARD, BUDDY COLLETTE, MARION BROWN, MONTY SUNSHINE, TRUDY PITTS, JAMES MOODY, JACK TOWERS, BILLY TAYLOR

Trumpeters Harry Beckett, John Evers, … [read more]