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Book roundup: Published in 2015

Feb 1st, 2016 | By

W. Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes’ Roundup of 130 or so Jazz, Blues, Beyond and other books published in the past year or so provides a useful guide for JJA members nominating Best Books for the 2016 Jazz Awards. Stokes, a longtime JJA member and Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, only included books he received review copies of, so some jazz … [read more]



Jazz in Mainstream Media: Focus on “mainstream”

Jan 15th, 2016 | By

Based on reporting by David Adler, the take-away from the JJA’s session on “Jazz in the Mainstream Media,” moderated by JJA board member Jennifer Odell at the Jazz Connect conference on January 14, was “Emphasis: Mainstream.”

Moderator Jennifer Odell, photo by Susan Brink

from left: John Murph, Natalie Weiner, Anastasia Tsioulcas, Will Friedwald; photo by Susan Brink

Panelists Will Friedwald (the … [read more]



First-time new member dues discount! Good ’til 1/24

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

JJA Jazz Awards party, photo by Fran Kaufman

The JJA has announced a discount for first-time new membership in the JJA — $15 off regular first year dues of $90 for journos) and $100 for supporters joining before Jan. 24, 2016.  To join use promo code CONNECT16. This discount does not apply to renewals — a discount for renewals was offered … [read more]



JJA @ Jazz Connect conference Jan 14 – 15 2016

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

UPDATE! Jennifer Odell, New Orleans-based JJA board member, to moderate panel and chair membership meeting (now scheduled for 12:30 pm Friday, open to all) as Howard Mandel cancels attendance due to ankle injury.

A panel on Jazz in Mainstream Media and an open-to-all membership meeting and a reception at a New York City jazz club are the JJA’s activities at … [read more]



Jazz Awards presented coast-to-coast

Dec 8th, 2015 | By

Nicole Mitchell receives “Flutist of the Year Award” from JJA president Howard Mandel; photo by Kent Richmond

Nicole Mitchell, winner of the JJA’s 2015 Flutist of the Year Award, received her engraved statuette at the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s free Jazzcity “Voices Heard” concert December 11 at the Garfield Park Conservatory, thus completing the nationwide presentation of Awards for excellence … [read more]



Boston Globe music writer Ernie Santosuosso dies at age 93

Oct 19th, 2015 | By

Jazz-loving, across-the-boards music journalist Ernie Santosuosso’s career is reprised well by Brian Marquard, Boston Globe staffer.… [read more]



Jazz World News – Sept 2015

Sep 15th, 2015 | By
[View the story “Global Jazz News – Sept 14” on Storify]… [read more]


Tom “The Jazzman” Mallison killed in car crash

Sep 8th, 2015 | By

Tom “the Jazzman” Mallison, a veteran broadcaster and highly regarded, active member of the JJA among other professional organizations, reportedly died in a car crash near Vanceburg, NC,

Tom the Jazzman Mallison

upon returning from his weekly five-hour broadcast on WTEB Sunday night, Sept. 6. Mallison was 75 years old. A memorial service in his honor was scheduled to be streamed live … [read more]



JJA picnic @ Chicago jazz fest

Sep 7th, 2015 | By

Pritzker Pavillion grass, site of JJA/HotHouse potluck picnic

Four editors from DownBeat, a Jazz Education Network board member and an international crew of media-savvy writers, photographers and broadcasters attended the JJA’s potluck picnic at the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Fest Sunday, Aug. 6, knoshing on donuts, bagels and cream cheese under a blazing noon sun.

While sound checks for Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band, … [read more]



Jazz News Aug 2015: Festivals

Aug 18th, 2015 | By

[View the story “Jazz news August 2015: Festivals” on Storify]

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