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eyeJAZZ training begins – “official” trainees announced

Mar 21st, 2011 | By

The JJA’s eyeJAZZ Training program held its first online webinar on March 17, welcoming 33 “official” trainees and countless more participants to a series of interactive sessions about video shooting, editing, distribution and journalistic issues related to the production of brief, news, lo-tech but  strong concept videos for public consumption.

The two-hour webinar, in which instructors Bret Primack, Floyd Webb, … [read more]



Musicians respond to Japanese disaster

Mar 20th, 2011 | By

Avant-gardist to rockers, musicians have answered the disaster in Japan resulting from tsunami, earthquake and nuclear reactor failures by establishing fundraiser benefits and spirit-raising video projects. New York-based saxophonist/composer John Zorn, long fascinated with Japanese culture, has quickly organized all-star, genre-crossing  concerts at Miller Theater on March 27, Abrons Arts Center on April 8, and the Japan Society on April … [read more]



New Award Category: Jazz Shortform Online Video of the Year

Mar 12th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association is calling for your submissions to the first-time category, “Jazz Shortform Online Video of the Year.” In a first for the annual JJA Jazz Awards, nominations are open to the public, who can submit nominations for videos that fit the criteria below.

Applicable for entry: Any original jazz video production, 12.5 minutes or less, posted on … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards: 2011 date announced, nominations now underway

Mar 11th, 2011 | By

Mark your calendars! The Jazz Journalists Association has announced a date for its 2011 Jazz Awards gala gathering: Saturday, June 11, again at City Winery, 155 Varick Street in Manhattan.

The gala will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., an hour longer than the JJA’s previous awards events, to allow more time for presentations of the honors … [read more]



President Obama has Rollins vinyl, “thumb-worn” Portnoy

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By

National Medals of Arts and Humanities were conferred by Barack Obama on Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Jacques Barzun, Philip Roth and 16 other American luminaries — the President’s remarks are inspiring (the House of Representatives’ budget cuts support for Arts to the bone).… [read more]



JJA Member Updates: March 2011

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By

NEW MEMBER

Shaun Brady, a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, is a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News and City Paper as well as Down Beat and JazzTimes.

MEMBER UPDATES

David R. Adler wrote the cover story, about Henry Threadgill, for the March 2011 issue of JazzTimes. He has an Overdue Ovation piece forthcoming on bassist … [read more]



NEA Jazz Masters program to end: sound off at our JJA member forum

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced plans to end its 30-year-old Jazz Masters program. See blog posts by JJA President Howard Mandel here and here.

Will this negatively affect jazz or individual jazz communities in the U.S. or elsewhere? As detailed in an email to the JJA membership from Howard earlier this week, our organization can play … [read more]



eyeJAZZ.tv applications close – remarkable response

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Jazz really is everywhere, as demonstrated by the 186 would-be jazz videographers from around the U.S. — and the world — who applied to the eyeJAZZ Training Program. Applicants range widely in age, experience, musical interests,  background and, especially, location.

This map shows the distribution of applicants (zoom in to view down to local level.) While there are concentrations of applicants from … [read more]



Graph shows music sales decline

Feb 18th, 2011 | By

A chart graphing year-end shipment statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from 1973 until 2009, prepared and issued by Bain, reveals the dramatic growth and decline of sales of recordings in all commercial formats from 1973 to 2009. According to the graph, LPs/EPs and 8-track tapes at the start of the era analyzed were responsible for approximately $2.5 … [read more]



Tesser chairs Jazz Awards ballot committee

Feb 17th, 2011 | By

Neil Tesser, Chicago-based writer, radio producer and one of the founding JJA members, has agreed to chair the ballot committee for the 2011 Jazz Awards. Laurence Donohue-Greene, co-editor/publisher of The New York City Jazz Record (formerly known as All About Jazz-New York) returns to the committee which he and Tesser sat on last year under the chairmanship of Ken … [read more]