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Archive for July 2012

Ex-professor with a problem: Retirement funds don’t last

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
A job at a university, college or conservatory can be a coup for musicians, providing regular work, a reasonable salary, health and retirement benefits – security. Current retirement benefits, though, may favor younger employees who have time and resources to develop their investment portfolios.

Jazz Radio in Boston: Consider the Alternatives

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
What are the choices for future radio in Boston and elsewhere? Many consider terrestrial radio to be the indispensable cornerstone because it always has been, but that may not always be the case.

Grass roots jazz scenes organizing in Boston, Philly

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

July 31 is the date of simultaneous though unconnected meetings of broad coalitions of activists from local jazz scenes in Boston and Philadelphia. Jazz Boston holds a public meeting, specifically focused on the future of Boston jazz radio, at the Boston Public Library from 6 to 8 pm., and Jazz Bridge holds a Town Hall Meeting for Jazz at the … [read more]

JJA Member Updates: July 2012

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

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


Gregg Akkerman‘s new book, The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story (“Studies in Jazz, ” Scarecrow Press), was officially released July 3 to commemorate the singer’s 89th birthday. To mark the release, on June 23 … [read more]

Sharing jazz across oceans, JJA style

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

The jazz diaspora is distributed throughout this planet, but what jazz lovers seldom do is make connections beyond their own scene or country. As a member of the JJA living in Auckland,

John Fenton, photog-writer

New Zealand, I find these interconnections with the wider jazz world to be of vital importance.

During a recent JJA Awards discussion on Facebook, I connected by … [read more]

Seeking JJANews staff

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

JJANews.org, the public publication of the JJA, is seeking staff. News reporters and book reviewers in particular are sought to contribute to the site, while the search for an editor (a paid position for the candidate who can meet benchmarks) continues. Guidance and supportive editorial supervision are available to successful applicants.

The JJA also seeks a professional graphics designer and … [read more]

Jazz funeral protests WGBH’s cuts to Boston jazz radio

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

By the looks of it, about 500 Boston jazz radio listeners gathered in front of the offices of WGBH yesterday (July 6) to raise appropriate noise about grievious wounds the station is instituting by cutting back the hours of jazz broadcasts. Video below thanks to Tom Hall, saxophonist and educator at Brandeis University.

(Update: a 45-minute video with people talking … [read more]

JJA World News: December 2012

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By
The JJA’s ongoing aggregation of jazz journalism, business and community news, edited by Jared Negley

View the story “JJA News of the World: December 2012” on Storify

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Jazz World News: Jan – August 2012… [read more]