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Robin Lloyd joins JJA board of directors, Mike West rotates off

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Robin Lloyd, Jazz and Blues program host at KPLU-FM (Seattle/Tacoma) and a member of the Jazz Education Network as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association, is joining the board of directors of the JJA. 

Simultaneously and for unrelated reasons, Washington D.C.-based writer Mike West has asked to leave the board after completing a three year term. Mike says the arrival of his second … [read more]



Jazz educators/academics and jazz journalists: friends or foes?

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association’s free webinar series Talking Jazz continues Wednesday, January 21 at 8 pm Eastern standard time with a freewheeling discussion on the relationship between jazz academia and jazz journalism. Panelists Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Larry Ridley, Alex W. Rodrigues and Neil Tesser will take up questions, moderated by JJA president Howard Mandel. Access to the webinar is free, … [read more]



JJA Member Updates: January 2015

Jan 19th, 2015 | By

Looking for proof that jazz is alive and well? You’ll find the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association after the jump. We never sleep! If you are a JJA member and would like your recent activities included in the next installment of Member Updates, send a brief paragraph beginning [read more]



A year in books

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

W, Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes, 2014 recipient of the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award, has compiled a useful annotated list of “jazz, blues and beyond” books published during calendar year 2014. See it in his blog.… [read more]



JJA big-time at Jazz Connect conference

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

The JJA was out in force at the third annual Jazz Connect Conference in New York City at St. Peter’s Church (54th and Lexington Avenue) on January 8 and 9, 2015.

Board member Don Palmer chaired a members’ meeting, open to non-members also, at 5 p.m. Thurs. Jan 8 (registration to the Conference is not required to attend). President Howard Mandel moderated a … [read more]



Final Bars of 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

ESPECIALLY NOTABLE: AMIRI BARAKA, SID CAESAR, BUDDY DEFRANCO, KENNY DREW JR., LIONEL FERBOS, MED FLORY, JUAN FORMELL, CHARLIE HADEN, TIM HAUSER, PAUL HORN, HERB JEFFRIES, IDRIS MUHAMMAD, JOE SAMPLE, JIMMY SCOTT, HORACE SILVER, JERRY VALE, KENNY WHEELER, JOE WILDER, GERALD WILSON, HERB WONG

Accordionist Ollie Viljoen; accordionist, pianist, composer and educator Evan Harlan;

Actor, drummer, pianist and singer Mickey Rooney;

Arranger, conductor, orchestra leader and … [read more]