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Archive for February 2011

The Passing of Cadence, part 2

Feb 28th, 2011 | By

I forgot what prompted me to send for a sample issue of Cadence, circa 1988, but once I did, I was hooked. Printed on plain stock paper, the magazine was filled with numerous reviews of CDs and videos. It included Bob Rusch’s blunt, sardonic columns about the music business, a detailed interview or two and until recent years, a … [read more]



The Passing of Cadence, part 1

Feb 28th, 2011 | By

Cadence magazine, a periodical edited and published by Bob Rusch of North Country Distributors in Redwood Landing, New York, since 1976, announced cessation of publication in a statement accompanying the Winter 2010 issue. The handbook-sized magazine put out “just under 400 editions,” according to Rusch, starting as a monthly and going quarterly in 2007. He imagined a forthcoming final edition … [read more]



NEA Jazz Masters program to end: sound off at our JJA member forum

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced plans to end its 30-year-old Jazz Masters program. See blog posts by JJA President Howard Mandel here and here.

Will this negatively affect jazz or individual jazz communities in the U.S. or elsewhere? As detailed in an email to the JJA membership from Howard earlier this week, our organization can play … [read more]



eyeJAZZ.tv applications close – remarkable response

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Jazz really is everywhere, as demonstrated by the 186 would-be jazz videographers from around the U.S. — and the world — who applied to the eyeJAZZ Training Program. Applicants range widely in age, experience, musical interests,  background and, especially, location.

This map shows the distribution of applicants (zoom in to view down to local level.) While there are concentrations of applicants from … [read more]



Graph shows music sales decline

Feb 18th, 2011 | By

A chart graphing year-end shipment statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from 1973 until 2009, prepared and issued by Bain, reveals the dramatic growth and decline of sales of recordings in all commercial formats from 1973 to 2009. According to the graph, LPs/EPs and 8-track tapes at the start of the era analyzed were responsible for approximately $2.5 … [read more]



JJA at 25: Full speed ahead (renew your dues now!)

Feb 17th, 2011 | By

More on the JJA’s 25th anniversary year: Our most pressing current issue is getting all JJA members whose dues are up for renewal to pay up quickly, and recruit new members to join our efforts. Anyone who’s a JJA member, new or renewed, by April 15 will be allowed to vote in the Jazz Awards. Votes by those whose memberships … [read more]



Tesser chairs Jazz Awards ballot committee

Feb 17th, 2011 | By

Neil Tesser, Chicago-based writer, radio producer and one of the founding JJA members, has agreed to chair the ballot committee for the 2011 Jazz Awards. Laurence Donohue-Greene, co-editor/publisher of The New York City Jazz Record (formerly known as All About Jazz-New York) returns to the committee which he and Tesser sat on last year under the chairmanship of Ken … [read more]



Innerviews: A Book Review

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

Innerviews: Music Without Borders
By Anil Prasad
Abstract Logix, Cary, North Carolina, 2010; 315 pp.; $23.99 paperback

Review by Alex W. Rodriguez

Anil Prasad, a San Francisco-based music journalist whose writing encompasses jazz as well as rock, world music and beyond, has developed a compelling method for interviewing musicians. Through long, in-depth conversations and open-ended questions free of clichés to … [read more]



“Ain’t But a Few”: Willard Jenkins answers his own questions

Feb 10th, 2011 | By

Editor’s Note: Willard Jenkins is a journalist, arts consultant and presenter, co-author of African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, and instigating co-founder and former vice president of the JJA. As keeper of the blog The Independent Ear, Jenkins has instituted a series called “Ain’t But a Few of Us,” in which he poses questions to an array … [read more]



Member Updates: February 2011

Feb 9th, 2011 | By

Jane Ira Bloom has released Wingwalker, her 14th album as leader and fourth album on the Outline label, reuniting the soprano saxophonist with long-time band mates Dawn Clement on piano, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte.

Brett Delmage and OttawaJazzScene.ca editor Alayne McGregor wrote a retrospective of live jazz and improvised music and recordings by artists in Ottawa-Gatineau … [read more]