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Future of jazz journalism, too?

May 29th, 2011 | By

According to Chloe Veltman, the Knight Journalism Fellows journalists speechifying at Stanford University believe the future of journalism is a form of social justice, engaging non-journalist citizens in telling “stories about individuals or groups who they feel often under-represented in the mainstream media.” Does that represent the basis of jazz journalism, almost from its start?

Aren’t “jazz journalists” mostly listeners, trained … [read more]



The JJA is a member-driven organization

May 25th, 2011 | By

JJA members — We as an organization need members’ support and participation in JJA activities, from contributing articles about jazz journalism and the music and business of jazz to attention, enthusiasm and promotion of the 15th annual JJA Jazz Awards.

What this means in practicality is that if you’re going to be in New York City on June 11, reserve tickets … [read more]



Parliamentary Jazz Awards: John Fordham, critic of the year

May 25th, 2011 | By

Congratulations to John Fordham, writer for The Guardian (UK), named Jazz Journalists of the Year by the Parliamentary jazz Awards. A 30-year veteran of the profession, Fordham comments on a broad range of music and has published several books, most recent of which is Jazz Heroes.

His citation notes his “finely honed critiques and observations,” continuing to say he has … [read more]



Randy Weston to headline June 11 JJA Jazz Awards

May 19th, 2011 | By

Pianist Randy Weston headlines the artist lineup and tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards gala, to be held on Saturday, June 11, from 1 pm to 5 pm EDT at City Winery in New York City.
Performers besides Weston include trumpeter Wallace Roney’s sextet, Canadian flutist/soprano saxophonistJane Bunnett in duet with Cuban-born pianist Hilario [read more]



ASCAP seeks Deems Taylor Award submissions

May 16th, 2011 | By

Submissions are sought  for the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for non-fiction prose about music and/or its creators, published in English in the United States in calendar year 2010. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011.

Biographical, critical, reportorial or historical works, reprints or translations of works that were previously published outside the United States now being published in the … [read more]



JJA announces 2011 ‘Jazz Heroes’

May 15th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has named its 2011 “Jazz Heroes”– activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. These awards will be presented on June 11 in conjunction with the presentation of the 2011 JJA Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.

The JJA’s 2011 “Jazz Heroes” are:… [read more]



Journal of Jazz Studies seeks volunteer translators

May 15th, 2011 | By

The Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS), the peer-reviewed, open-access journal published online by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking translations of jazz articles written in languages other than English, so as to introduce important jazz scholarship to the English-speaking world.

Articles from any country and any era are eligible but must … [read more]



NEA announces new “media arts” grants

May 10th, 2011 | By

The National Endowment of the Arts has announced a new “Arts in Media” grant program, with a September 1, 2011 deadline for applications for funds ranging between $10,000 and $200,000. Those monies are to go to projects that “support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts, e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, … [read more]



JJA at the table

May 8th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association and its eyeJAZZ video news training project were in the spotlight during last week’s meeting of grantees of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s JazzNEXT initiative, which funds eyeJAZZ and other projects that “incorporate technology in substantive and innovative approaches to audience development, communications, distribution, marketing and the building of support networks.”

Howard Mandel, president of the JJA, … [read more]



JJA Member Updates: May 2011

May 3rd, 2011 | By

Here are the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association. We never sleep!

Lena Adasheva‘s jazz photographs were on display during the major Consumer Electronics & Photo Expo 2011 in Moscow, Russia on April 14-17.  Lena’s black and white jazz photographs are in permanent exhibition in Yaroslavl Jazz Center, … [read more]