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JJA Member News: June 2017

Jun 13th, 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 July 3, 2017.

David R. Adler is writing liner notes for To Love and Be Loved, the latest Smoke Sessions release by piano master Harold Mabern. He has also written liner notes for Franco Ambrosetti’s Cheers! (Enja), guitarist Eric Hofbauer’s Prehistoric Jazz, Vol. 4: Reminiscing in Tempo and drummer Dylan Jack’s Diagrams (Creative Nation). On June 28 David will leave New York with his family and head to his new home in Athens, Georgia. He will continue freelance writing, playing guitar and likely teaching in various capacities.

C. Michael Bailey contributed the liner notes to Fabio Morgera’s CD Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band meets Fabio Morgera.

Lori Bell just finished her 10th CD as leader titled blue(s). She is preparing for a tour in Southern California: Westgate Jazz Series, 6/8; Museum of Making Music, 6/25; The Merc, 6/29; Dizzy’s,
7/15.  She is joining the International Jazz Academy as jazz instructor, and is presenting a workshop and concert at The New School in the fall.

Stephanie J. Castillo‘s documentary film NIGHT BIRD SONG, THE INCANDESCENT LIFE OF THOMAS CHAPIN is soon to be in worldwide distribution. She and her film partner are vetting five distributors who want the film. Already its educational distribution is in place at kanopy.com, which streams to subscribers that include 3,200 schools, libraries and universities. The film won Best Music Documentary in April at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival.

Noal Cohen had his essay on bassist Oscar Pettiford published in the booklet accompanying the new double CD, Oscar Pettiford: New York City, 1955-1958 (Uptown Records, UPCD 27.86/87; 2017).

Steve Griggs reviewed the movie Chasing Trane, and recordings by Pearl Django, Samantha Boshnack, and Jared Hall for Earshot Jazz. The anthology Stories of Music Volume 2, containing his article on Coltrane in Seattle, won a 2017 International Book Award. He is advising the Seattle Public Library on their upcoming display of Seattle jazz at the Central Branch.
James Hale wrote a profile of Jazz At The Beach (the jazz program at California State University–Long Beach) for DownBeat and wrote about Biophilia Records for SoundStageXperience.com. He is covering the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival for Jazziz.com.
Barbara J. Kukla is the author of the newly released The Encyclopedia of Newark Jazz,  which features Sarah Vaughan, James Moody and Miss Rhapsody on the cover and 250 bios and 400 photos inside. Her previous books include Swing City; Newark Nightlife, 1925-50 and America’s Music: Jazz in Newark. She spent 43 years in journalism,  most of that time at The Star-Ledger as editor of the popular Newark edition.

Robin Lloyd wrote a review of the film I Am The Blues, hosted a live studio session with Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro, and was MC for Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra’s concert featuring composer and saxophonist Christine Jensen, Stanton Moore’s Trio at Jazz Alley, and Chico Freeman’s concert for the Ballard Jazz Festival.   Robin continues to host the afternoon portion of KNKX Radio’s Mid Day Jazz, and hosts Jazz Caliente on Saturdays at 5pm (PT).

Bill Milkowski has begun hosting a series of performance/interview sessions at Paste Studio in Manhattan for Paste magazine (pastemagazine.com). His first guest was trumpeter-composer-bandleader Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who performed tunes from his upcoming album Diaspora, part of his Centennial Trilogy celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording in 1917. Scott also addressed the importance of addressing social and political issues in his music.

W. Royal Stokes has published his trilogy of novels Backwards Over. It chronicles the restless journey through America of the 1960s-80s of Joe Lewis, a late-thirties drop-out caught between the “greatest generation” and its boomer offspring. Scenes range from a cotton-field juke joint in rural Texas to a fiery Harvard Square riot, with stops along the way in Austin, Colorado, rural Maine, Washington, D.C., and Naples, Italy. The books are available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

Photo: Ted Gioia, 2017 recipient of the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism award.

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.

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