JJA Member News: April 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3, 2017.
David R. Adler interviewed guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel for an upcoming Q&A feature in JazzTimes. He’ll soon write about trumpeter David Weiss’s Point of Departure band for the magazine as well. David also wrote liner notes for trumpeter Alex Sipiagin’s forthcoming Criss Cross release Moments Captured and drummer Raffaele Califano’s Horizontal Dialogues (featuring Seamus Blake on tenor sax).
Kiyoshi Koyama’s popular weekly Jazz Tonight show at NHK-FM will celebrate “ The First Lady of Jazz” Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday on his April 15th show. Mr. Koyama will feature Ella’s well known albums recorded live in Rome, Berlin and Hollywood. Also there will be a special preview of Ella’s newly discovered live performances from “Ella in Amsterdam” recorded 2 weeks after her famous Berlin concert in 1960.
Aidan Levy published an interview with Cecil McBee in the March issue of JazzTimes. He is presenting on Ralph Ellison, jazz discography, and historiography at Columbia University’s upcoming “Future of Jazz Discography” conference at the Center for Jazz Studies from April 28-29, with featured speakers Tom Lord and Michael Cuscuna. He is doing research for a forthcoming biography of Sonny Rollins, under contract with Da Capo Press for publication in 2019.
Robin Lloyd continues her daily jazz show on 88.5 KNKX (knkx.org); is hosting some live studio sessions; and is producing, hosting and blogging the weekly Latin Jazz show, Jazz Caliente. She’s also busy coordinating the award presentation party for the 2017 JJA Seattle Jazz Hero.
Howard Mandel organized the JJA’s Jazz Heroes campaign with 26 new heroes in 19 US cities and got Jazz Awards nominations off the group. He is also writing bios for Ottawa Jazz Fest performers and working on Jazz Institute of Chicago promotional materials for its April Jazz Education Day summit and summer Straightahead Jazz Camp.
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.
Doug Ramsey is working on notes for a Mosaic box set of Art Pepper’s 1956-1960 Contemporary Records output, for release in summer, 2017.
Lew Shaw covered the 69-year history of The Four Freshmen in a 1303-word feature story that ran in the April issue of The Syncopated Times and that included an interview with the current leader of the group.
Jim Wilke was live broadcast producer and engineer for Smokin’ In Seattle – The Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes Montgomery (1966) being issued on limited edition vinyl on April 22 by Resonance Records. Jim also contributed booklet notes, along with Pat Metheny and Paul de Barros. Jim’s Jazz Northwest show on KNKX recently featured his location recordings of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with Carmen Bradford celebrating Ella’s 100th, and Cuban music with Kiki Valera’s septet at Seattle Art Museum.
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