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“The Cry of Jazz” named by National Film Registry

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Ed Bland’s “The Cry of Jazz,” a low-budget semi-documentary made in Chicago in 1958 with original music by Sun Ra performed by his Arkestra, is among the 25 films named this year to the National Film Registry, a catalog of movies to be preserved for the ages in a program run by the Library of Congress. There are now 550 … [read more]



Critics’ 2010 Roundtable at Nate Chinen’s The Gig

Dec 18th, 2010 | By

December 17 — Leading jazz critic Nate Chinen (The New York Times, JazzTimes) has convened four fellow critics for a lively and opinionated roundtable discussion at his blog The Gig. In addition to JJA member Chinen and JJA News editor David R. Adler, the roundtable features Chris Barton (Los Angeles Times), Jennifer Odell (Down [read more]



JJA joins APAP, JEN

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has joined the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and the Jazz Education Network (JEN), as a “support organization” and “Network Affiliate Group,” respectively. Both APAP and JEN are holding conventions in early January, APAP in New York and JEN in New Orleans — and the JJA will be having its second annual conference, “New Media … [read more]



Congrats to Brother Tate

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

Greg Tate — author, cultural activist and guitarist/musical director of the celebratory free-funk band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber — has been named a USA Ford Fellow by United States Artists, one of 50 artists in eight disciplines to receive $50,000 each, no strings attached.

Other jazz-and/music/improv related recipients this year  include pianist-composer Uri Caine, new music accordionist  Guy Klucevsek, … [read more]



JJA announces Jan 2011 conference in NYC

Dec 6th, 2010 | By

The JJA, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding, has organized five days of programming for members in New York City, January 7 through 11 2011. Events are being scheduled to coincide but not conflict with the Association for Performing Arts Presenters convention, Winter Jazz Fest (to which JJA members will be admitted free) and induction ceremonies for the incoming … [read more]



eyeJAZZ Challenge: Make your own jazz video tonight

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By
eyeJAZZ, the video project of the Jazz Journalists Association, has just issued its first eyeJAZZ Challenge, urging both novice and experienced video makers to shoot brief –one minute or less- video clips  that fit Challenge guidelines and submit them to eyeJAZZ .

The clips should give an outside view of places –from concert halls and clubs to … [read more]



Member Updates: December 2010

Dec 1st, 2010 | By

Bridget Arnwine is the Jazz Music Examiner for http://examiner.com/dc.

R.J. DeLuke wrote about trombonist/composer/arranger extraordinaire Josh Roseman for AllAboutJazz.com, on the heels of a story about Kenny Werner and his triumphant album (borne of tragedy) No Beginning, No End. R.J. continues to write on his blog, RJ on Jazz, most recently giving a tip of the hat to … [read more]



First eyeJAZZ videos posted

Nov 21st, 2010 | By

See now: First samples of eyeJAZZ, the JJA’s brand of from-the-scene music-news videos made quickly with handy pocket digital cameras and uploaded just as fast to the Internet.  And here’s our logo —

Brief clips with interviews and music from the 45th anniversary concert of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and also its 40th — both … [read more]



eyeJAZZ: JJA video project update

Nov 19th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalist Association’s jazz video project, now named eyeJAZZ,  has enlisted “JazzVideoGuy” Bret Primack and  noted Chicago videographer Floyd Webb as trainers and project  organizers. Primack and Webb are working with JJA President Howard Mandel and JJA online media adviser JoAnn Kawell to plan the curriculum and the application process that will be used to fill the thirty slots in … [read more]



Member Updates: November 2010

Nov 5th, 2010 | By

Forrest Dylan Bryant will lead a conversation with historian John William Templeton at the Mechanics Institute Library in San Francisco, Tuesday November 16 at 6 p.m. The event is being held in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Templeton’s novel Cakewalk is a murder mystery set amidst the birth of San Francisco jazz, and was written during NaNoWriMo in … [read more]