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JJA Member News: March 2017

Mar 18th, 2017 | 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 with your name to membernews@jazzjournalists.org by April 3, 2017.

Saulmon Addison started February going to Birdland for Melanie Marod’s CD release party which was a show stopper of a performance. Then stopped is Grasso’s to hear the talented Alexis Cole Trio. Followed by The Eric Berg Quartet and the Spike Wilner Trio at Treme in Islip. The month closed out by a SRO performance by Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano and Soundprints at The Jazz Loft.

Mirian Arbalejo remembers the talented and multifaceted Marty Paich. Se also celebrates the first jazz album centenary with this piece about the ‘Original Dixieland Jass Band’.
Edward Blanco served as emcee and stage manager at the Miami-Dade College location, one of several pop up stages throughout downtown Miami as part of WDNA, 88.9FM first annual Downtown Miami Jazz Festival February 24th and 25th with artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Nestor Toress, Hubert Laws, Jane Bunnett, Ira Sullivan and the New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble among the many artists performing. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of WDNA.
Jane Ira Bloom performs her new jazz work Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson on Friday, March 31 at 2:00pm at Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnold Hall  @ The New School, 55 West 13th St. 4th fl., New York City. Bloom performs with her quartet featuring pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Mark Helias, drummer Bobby Previte, and actor Deborah Rush.
Carolyn Glenn Brewer is pleased to announce the launch of her book, Changing the Tune, the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival 1978-1985 (UNT Press). This groundbreaking festival, started by two friends, fought for gender equality in jazz not with speeches, but with swing. With the help of Marian McPartland and Leonard Feather they brought together performers as varied as Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley, and changed the course of jazz history.
Stephanie J. Castillo celebrates a year of screenings of her acclaimed jazz film with a March 10 screening of her Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This milestone for her film, she says, affirms the importance of her film to jazz history and its subject, the late sax and flute master Thomas Chapin. Castillo just placed her film with educational, streaming distributor Kanopy.com that reaches 3,200 libraries, universities and music schools/programs.
Ken Franckling reviewed many Southwest Florida concerts for his Jazz Notes blog during February. They included singer Jane Monheit and saxophonist George Young at Artis-Naples, Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdés at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, pianist Dick Hyman (Charlotte County Jazz Society), a Roots of Bossa Nova concert featuring saxophonist Bob Bowlby and guitarist Nate Najar (Jazz Club of Sarasota), plus saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson, guitarist Joshua Breakstone, and singer Giacomo Gates (South County Jazz Club).
Steve Griggs was selected for the Playback Program by the Seattle Public Library to stream local music. He was also nominated for NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Arts in the Parks will fund 6 of his free concerts in Pratt Park. Jack Straw Studios awarded him a residency to record Sound in Stone, musical settings of poetry written by sculptor James Washington.

Ralph Lampkin, Jr. is providing promotions support for the USA tour of Canadian-based Blujazz Artist Galen Weston. The tour opens in South Bend, Indiana on March 6 and closes in Philadelphia on March 16. He is also co-producing critically acclaimed Bistro Award winner and jazz singer Spider Saloff on March 8th at Cafe Noctambulo. He is also proud to announce his involvement with Blujazz Records as assistant to Greg Paskenko in the promotions and administration areas.

Howard Mandel wrote record reviews and an article about his experience at the Mupa Budapest Jazz Showcase/Talent Exchange for DownBeat (expanded upon at his blog), consulted with a JJA member writing a book about music in Memphis, and launched the JJA’s spring Jazz Heroes and Jazz Awards initiatives.

Steve Monroe‘s February Jazz Avenues for East of the River print and capitalcommunitynews.com online editions included a Black History Month note on the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia and other jazz history in D.C. locations, a preview of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and reviews on  a show by saxophonist Tedd Baker, and the MLK Jr. Day jam with DeAndrey Howard and friends at Jazz and Cultural Society.

Michael J. West wrote a feature for the March issue of JazzTimes exploring the impact of Donald Trump’s election on the jazz community. He also wrote a piece for Slate (his first) about the complicated legacy of Nick LaRocca and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. A short article on the 30 years of Washington D.C.’s Twins Jazz club will appear in a forthcoming edition of the Washington Post.

Linda Yohn created four profiles of jazz enthusiasts and musicians for African American History Month.  Her talks with Joan Belgrave, Dr. Willis C. Patterson, Webster Kirksey and Benjamin Pruitt can be heard at www.wemu.org.  She also hosted a “meet the artist” talk with vibraphonist Gary Burton for the UM Jazz Festival and was the MC for their evening concert which included a world premiere of Dennis Wilson’s composition “M-Go Blue From the Heart” for the UM Bi-Centennial.

Member Updates are edited by Michael J. West. Use our JJA Member Directories to find JJA members qualified to contribute to your publication or production or to assist you with your jazz-related project. The directories can be searched by name, area of expertise and geographic location.

If you aren’t a JJA Member yet, consider joining us. Membership is open to both Professional Journalists (writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers, web producers and others who cover jazz) and Industry Associates (musicians, educators, presenters, promoters and others who work in the industry and support our work.)

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