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Jazz educators/academics and jazz journalists: friends or foes?

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association’s free webinar series Talking Jazz continues Wednesday, January 21 at 8 pm Eastern standard time with a freewheeling discussion on the relationship between jazz academia and jazz journalism. Panelists Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Larry Ridley, Alex W. Rodrigues and Neil Tesser will take up questions, moderated by JJA president Howard Mandel. Access to the webinar is free, … [read more]



A year in books

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

W, Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes, 2014 recipient of the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award, has compiled a useful annotated list of “jazz, blues and beyond” books published during calendar year 2014. See it in his blog.… [read more]



JJA big-time at Jazz Connect conference

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

The JJA was out in force at the third annual Jazz Connect Conference in New York City at St. Peter’s Church (54th and Lexington Avenue) on January 8 and 9, 2015.

Board member Don Palmer chaired a members’ meeting, open to non-members also, at 5 p.m. Thurs. Jan 8 (registration to the Conference is not required to attend). President Howard Mandel moderated a … [read more]



Jazz Radio in Transition #2: Tuning into the Future

Dec 13th, 2014 | By

In “Jazz Radio in Transition: Tuning into the Future” — live on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 pm Eastern time,  the second of the JJA’s “Talking Jazz” webinar series for 2014 – 2015 —  producer Katie Simon of NPR’s new “Jazz Night in America,”  music director Arturo Gomez of Denver’s KUVO, acting program director Katea Stitt of WPFW, and Jim Wilke, JJA … [read more]



“Jazz Radio in Transition,” first JJA webinar of 2014-2015

Nov 16th, 2014 | By
Radio in Transition panelists

“Jazz Radio in Transition” is the first JJA “Talking Jazz” webinar of 2014 – 2015, an interactive Google Hangout free to all registrants and the first in a planned series to focus on present changes and challenges in music broadcasting.

A panel comprising (depicted from left) Jim Wilke, JJA Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award winner and departing program host of Jazz After Hours, syndicated by … [read more]



Jazz loves Dan Morgenstern (via Tom Reney)

Oct 27th, 2014 | By
Dan Morgenstern is admired for knowledge and sensitivity to musicians and their creative activities throughout the jazz world. Tom Reney explains why.


Musicians win Journalism Awards at JJA NYC party

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

Josh Jackson, Ethan Iverson, Yvonne Ervin
photo by Fran Kaufman

Pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, vibraphonist Gary Burton and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater were given top honors — along with veteran author, editor, educator and radio show host W. Royal Stokes, freelance writer Nate Chinen, Spanish photographer Antonio Porcar Cano and videographer John Moultrie — at the 18th … [read more]



2014 JJA Jazz Awards winners announced!

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

NEW YORK – The Jazz Journalists Association today announced winners of 2014 JJA Jazz Awards in 32 categories of musical achievement. Herbie Hancock — the man behind International Jazz Day (April 30) as UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialog and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – is being honored for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, … [read more]



2014 Jazz Heroes Announced — launching JazzApril

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

APRIL 1, NEW YORK CITY — Two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz — have been announced today by the Jazz Journalists Association in collaboration with grassroots organizations and supporters in 21 U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada. The announcement launches JazzApril, the JJA’s media campaign encouraging and enabling local jazz  activists to celebrate their … [read more]



Crouch’s bio of Bird brings early jazz fan to hard swing

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
There was a change in me, too, when I finally heard Bird play with McShann’s band—amidst the hard-rock swing where he grew. . . To use a New York stride term, I hear Bird shouting.