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Got a tough subject? JJA interviewers’ tips on breaking the ice

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

The JJA’s second season of online webinars begins Tuesday, February 19, at 8 pm EST, with writer Geoffrey Himes, a winner of the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism, and Los Angeles-based radio-show host Eddie Becton among the panelists discussing “How to Interview Tough

Geoffrey Himes

Eddie Becton

Subjects.” The webinar is free, and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance (to do so, go [read more]



Deaths in 2012

Nov 27th, 2012 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

Listed in chronological order of their deaths, earliest first. Sources include periodicals, personal communication and public websites.

MOST NOTABLE:  JOHNNY OTIS, ETTA JAMES, JOHN LEVY, CLARE FISCHER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, RED HOLLOWAY, EARL SCRUGGS, DICK CLARK, JOE MURANYI, PHOEBE JACOBS, CHUCK BROWN, DONNA SUMMER, CARRIE SMITH, DOC WATSON, GRAEME BELL, KITTY WELLS, … [read more]



The Reading Life, by Fradley Garner

Aug 21st, 2012 | By
In my last 30 years as an active freelance journalist in Denmark, I narrated some 500 commercial and documentary films in English. My marginal income tripled.


Season of magazine polls: Down Beat seconds JJA’s winners

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

In the wake of the JJA Jazz Awards, both DownBeat and Jazz Inside magazine announced winners of their own polls of contributors, pointing to excellence in music-making.

Vijay Iyer, center, accepts JJA 2012 Jazz Award for Pianist of the Year; photo by Fran Kaufman

The DownBeat Critics Poll winners, announced online and to be published in the magazine’s August issue, … [read more]



Jazz World News — and how it works

Feb 25th, 2012 | By

Please note: JJANews has installed a new aggregated column:  Jazz World News. This feature is being moderated  JJANews editors, who will post headlines with links of articles presumed to be interest and value from any sources we find.

Unfortunately, those headlines/links will not appear on the front page of JJANews — you must click on Jazz World News to see … [read more]



Is Jazz BAM, and BAM jazz? Payton panel ponders

Jan 29th, 2012 | By

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton calls what he does BAM, for black American music, avering that

from left: Orrin Evans, Gary Bartz, Nicholas Payton, Touré

negative connotations of the “j-word” does the music and the musicians no good. He gathered instrumentalists Gary Bartz, Marcus Strickland, Orrin Evans and Ben Wolfe to a panel in mid January moderated by writer Touré at Birdland … [read more]



Early January: Jazzers convene in NYC, Louisville

Dec 10th, 2011 | By

JazzTimes magazine and the Jazz Journalists Association have both scheduled mini-conferences for jazz industries professionals — musicians, presenters and media creators included — at or around the annual convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, January 5 through 8 in at the Hilton New York. Both the JazzTimes DIY one-day crash course, on Jan. 5, and the JJA’s five sessions [read more]



JJA endorses Darmstadt “jazz:kritik” workshop

Jul 6th, 2011 | By

The Jazzinstitute of the City of Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany, is holding a weeklong interactive forum on jazz criticism at www.jazzkritik.de, and the JJA has signed on as approving the course.

“We realize that the reporting about jazz events in the German daily press as well as in the online media is not always what we envision it could be — … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards 2011 as eyeJAZZ short form video

Jun 30th, 2011 | By

Highlights of the JJA Jazz Awards are captured as a short form eyeJAZZ video by Lindalee Lawrence, an eyeJAZZ trainee. She shows JJA vp Yvonne Ervin and volunteers at the entrance to City Winery, the Hammer Klavier Trio in soundcheck, sponsor Jan Matthies commenting on the trio’s video nomination, Gregory Porter singing and explaining his work, Joe Lovano accepting his … [read more]



eyeJAZZ video: George Wein’s star embedded at Saratoga

Jun 14th, 2011 | By

eyeJAZZ video by R.J. DeLuke

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