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Archive for August 2012

Peter Pullman’s Wail: The Life of Bud Powell- a review

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

On Amazon, reviewers so far are unanimous in their five-star appraisal of Peter Pullman’s Wail: The Life of Bud Powell, and all they write is true. This book is impeccably researched, compassionate towards its deeply problematic subject without being mawkish or hagiographic, and multi-dimensional  in its portraying of music, society and the lives of a distinctive coterie of difficult 

people under considerable … [read more]

The Reading Life, by Fradley Garner

Aug 21st, 2012 | By
In my last 30 years as an active freelance journalist in Denmark, I narrated some 500 commercial and documentary films in English. My marginal income tripled.

JJA Member Updates: August 2012

Aug 20th, 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!


Nancy Barell‘s 190th Edition of “Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra ” is airing now. We are doing very well attracting new listeners daily after being on the air for 6 1/2 years. The program is ranked 25 … [read more]

2nd JJA webinar on Aug. 15: “Covering Jazz Festivals”

Aug 9th, 2012 | By

Photographer Ingrid Hertfelder, broadcaster Bobby Jackson and writer/blogger James Hale will share tips, thoughts and experiences on the topiic “Covering Jazz Festivals” during the second free JJA online webinar, moderated by JJA president Howard Mandel and scheduled for Wednesday, August 15. To be held at 8 pm EDT and lasting for 90 minutes, the webinar is free but must be [read more]

The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story – a review

Aug 8th, 2012 | By

The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story By Gregg Akkerman (forward by Kevin Mahagony) The Scarecrow Press. Inc. (2012), 367 pages, $55.00

Gregg Akkerman’s new biography of Johnny Hartman bears the suitably elegiac title, The Last Balladeer. But after reading the author’s litany of missed opportunities, shoddy management, poorly produced (and marketed) recordings, racial roadblocks and sheer bad timing … [read more]

Philadelphia Jazz Coalition faces fans

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Approximately 150 Philadelphia jazz devotees gathered at the Clef Club on Tuesday, July 31, for an energized and mostly upbeat Town Hall meeting held by the nascent Philadelphia Jazz Coalition. The event, in which this author participated as a panelist along with 14 local music

Future of Philly jazz: Clef Club Youth Band

activists, was a show of the breadth … [read more]

Big turnout for Boston public meeting re jazz radio

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

A sometimes raucous gathering of 150 jazz-loving Bostonians filled a conference room at the

JazzBoston's Bob Young addresses public meeting

Boston Public Library on July 31 to discuss l’affaire ‘GBH, and what might be done to develop jazz radio in the coming days.

The nonprofit advocacy group JazzBoston convened the meeting to seek forward-looking solutions to the sudden absence … [read more]