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Archive for December 2011

JJA members can be JEN members

Dec 17th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has renewed its Network Affiliate Group membership in the Jazz Education Network, so JJA members can become JEN affiliate members for $10, and receive benefits as listed at the JEN website. Benefits include members’ registration to the third annual JEN conference, “Developing Tomorrow’s Jazz Audiences Today!”, January 4 – 7 2012 in Louisville, KY.

JEN has … [read more]

Journalists, presenters, publicists, artists: Media for growth

Dec 16th, 2011 | By

Concrete, practical steps for journalists, presenters, publicists and artists pursuing new audiences, higher profiles and more mutual engagement: that’s the focus of Media for Audience Development,
the JJA’s third annual New York City winter mini-conference. The JJA is producing three panel discussions and a Town Hall meeting at the Association for Performing Arts Presenters convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Jan. … [read more]

Paul Blair, 1942 – 2011

Dec 15th, 2011 | By

My friendship with Paul Blair, who died on December 6, began in the early 1980s when we were both living and working in the Washington, D.C., area. Paul was a broadcaster with the Voice of America (VOA), in which capacity he taped hundreds of interviews of jazz, blues, and pop musicians, catching them between sets at clubs or in their hotel … [read more]

Early January: Jazzers convene in NYC, Louisville

Dec 10th, 2011 | By

JazzTimes magazine and the Jazz Journalists Association have both scheduled mini-conferences for jazz industries professionals — musicians, presenters and media creators included — at or around the annual convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, January 5 through 8 in at the Hilton New York. Both the JazzTimes DIY one-day crash course, on Jan. 5, and the JJA’s five sessions [read more]

Anthology “Best Music Writing” goes indie

Dec 10th, 2011 | By
I’ve long regarded the annual publication of the Best Music Writing anthology as an Event: it’s an opportunity to revisit articles that knocked me out the first time around, and (even better) a chance to encounter strong work that somehow slipped under my radar. This year I was honored and startled to be included in the mix of Best Music [read more]

Paul Blair, writer, broadcaster, editor, guide — dies, 69

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

Paul Blair, 1942 - 2011

Sad news for jazzers and walkers, not only of New York City: writer, editor, broadcaster and tour guide Paul Blair died suddenly on December 6. He suffered a heart attack while sitting on a park bench, a month short of his 70th birthday.
Paul has been editor of Hot House jazz magazine since 2003; in 2001 … [read more]

JJA Members Updates: December 2011

Dec 6th, 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!

Angelika Beener spotlights both veteran and rising start pianists on her Alternate Takes jazz blog.  Geri Allen discusses her new album, A Child Is Born, the first Christmas album from the jazz master.  A feature is … [read more]

Editor, staff, submissions sought

Dec 5th, 2011 | By

JJANews.org seeks an editor-in-chief — who will receive a regular (though very small) stipend, if negotiated benchmarks are met — as well as regular contributors and occasional submissions by all members of the JJA.

The public face of the Jazz Journalists Association, JJANews has existed for the past nine months depending on the work of minimal staff, with few new … [read more]