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JJA Jazz Media Meetup Reports

Sep 17th, 2013 | By

JJA members and friends got together to share notes and professional tips during Labor Day weekend jazz festivals in Chicago and Detroit. Meetups and more formal events are currently planned through October, across the US.

In Detroit, meetup organizers Karen Fox and Shawna Kittreport reported their venue was crowded and busy, a sign of their

Karen Fox and Billy Hart, JJA drummer of the year,
at the Detroit meetup

fest’s popularity. But the bar at the Mariott was so crowded and busy that it was almost impossible for all meeting participants to get together in the chosen spot at the same time. These photos demonstrate that many JJA members and friends stopped by, making the meeting a success.

In Chicago, JJA President Howard Mandel was joined by JJA members Neil Tesser, Art Lange, Alain Drouot, Richard Conde, John Litweiler, Ann Braithwaite, Jim DeJong  and Michael Jackson, along with Floyd Webb (eyeJAZZ video), Bill Shoemaker (PointofDeparture.org), Mitch Myers (the Hollywood Reporter, Mix Magazine), production associate Rahsaan Clark Morris, radio show host Dave Freeman (WNUR), and others for drinks at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel near Millennium Park after the Jack DeJohnette birthday celebration performance at the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Members Marc PoKempner, Terry Martin, Lauren Deutsch (executive director of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, which programs the fest), and JJA “A Team” member Steve Salzman were also prominent in the weekend’s activities.

JJA Jazz Media Meetups, which encourage members and colleagues to network and talk about local jazz media, can be organized by any JJA member. They are usually casual convenings in local bars or cafes. More info about meetups is available from Susan Brink susan@jazzjournalists.org

Some of them coming up:

  • New Orleans, on Sept, 25, holds the first of its meetups for area JJA members and interested others, now regularly scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month, at 6pm at dba 618 Frenchmen St. Email Jennifer Odelljennieodell@gmail.com for more info.
  • Boston: Jazz Media Meetup Thurs Sept 26, cosponsored by the JJA, Jazz Boston and Berklee Internet Radio Station (BIRN).at Café 939 ,6pm. Info/RSVP email Pauline Bilsky pauline@jazzboston.org
  • DC/MD Area: Writing About Music” panel Sat Oct 5 1pm at The Writers Center in Bethesda featuring JJA members Willard JenkinsPatrick Jarenwattananon and Michael J. WestMore info
  • Los Angeles The Angel City Jazz Festival and the JJA are co-sponsoring a symposium, Metamorphosis: New Technologies in Jazz and Jazz Journalism, Fri Oct 11, 7pm at Redcat. Moderated by Greg Burk, MetalJazz.com, with panelists Kirk Silsbee (LA Reader, LA Times),  John Comerford (Icons Among Us film documentarian), musician Nicole Mitchelland Adam Benjamin of Kneebody participating via Skype. More info
  • SF Bay Area: Randall Kline of SFJazz will receive his 2013 Jazz Hero Award from the JJA and the Western Jazz Presenters Network at a Sat Oct 12 reception at SF Jazz Center. You are invited; details and RSVP.

 

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