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Experts and Activists Take on Current Jazz Biz, Audience, Image, Media Issues

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
Talking Jazz logo "The panels convene top experts and activists of both jazz-specific and more general cultural arts fields, intending to engage professional practitioners of the musical and performing arts, grassroots supporters and the general public." . . .


JJA Jazz Media Meetup Reports

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
"Meetups, which encourage members and colleagues to network and talk about local jazz media, can be organized by any JJA member. They are usually casual convenings in local bars or cafes." . . .


Wedding bells for Gwen Calvier, Hot House publisher

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

Gwénolée Calvier, publisher of the monthly jazz magazine Hot House serving New York and New Jersey, was married August 10 to Joseph Kelley, a senior trial lawyer.

Gwen Calvier, publisher of Hot House, in red dress — with Hot House contributors (from left) George Kanzler, the late Paul Blair and Elzy Kolb

Ms. Calvier is a JJA member of longstanding, … [read more]



A Gary Giddins interview

Jul 16th, 2013 | By
The Jazz Journalists Association is a success ""because most of us respect each other."


Jazz Awards for Journalists + music, schmooze in NYC

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By

Willard Jenkins, original convener of the Jazz Journalists Association and an author, blogger, radio show host, festival curator,  freelance arts activist as well as this year’s Washington D.C. Jazz Hero,

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honorees
Amiri Baraka hugged by Willard Jenkins

received the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award at the  party at New York City’s Blue Note celebrating … [read more]



2013 Jazz Awards: Music winners announced

May 1st, 2013 | By

Wayne Shorter took triple honors among winners of the 17th annual JJA Jazz Awards for musical achievement, announced online today, while plans were laid for winners of Awards for accomplishments in jazz journalism to be announced at the annual Jazz Awards gala — being celebrated as the
 25th birthday of the Jazz Journalists Association — on June 19 from 4 to 6 pm at … [read more]



JazzApril: Jazz Heroes and JJA Jazz Awards 2013 nominees announced

Apr 7th, 2013 | By

On April 1, the Jazz Journalists Association launched JazzApril — a  month long celebration of all things jazz — and the 2013 JJA Jazz Awards season by announcing this years Awards’ finalist nomineesalong with the names of this year’s JJA Jazz Heroes, cited for their exemplary work in keeping jazz alive and well in their communities.

2013 JJA Jazz Heroes

The final-round nominees in 37 categories … [read more]



JazzApril launched: JJA media campaign for broad jazz coverage

Mar 6th, 2013 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has launched JazzApril, a pro bono multi-platform media campaign to foment media attention to jazz, the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Appreciation Month initiative and its culmination, International Jazz Day (April 30, with major events being produced globally by UNESCO through good services of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz).

In hopes of facilitating local coverage by local media … [read more]



Are digital downloads good/better/useless for reviewing?

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

The JJA’s March 12 online panel discussion took on a current, thorny recording industry issue:

Jason Kao Hwang, Joyce Feienbaum, Robert Bortash

Are digital downloads acceptable for review? Writers, editors, radio show hosts and program directors, record label publicists and self-producing musicians are all facing the questions of advantages and disadvantages regarding physical, financial, file formats and delivery of promo copies to the … [read more]



Focus on blogging: Workshops, webinars archived online

Dec 9th, 2012 | By

Four months of the JJA online training programs — including four information-packed workshops on blogs, from start to profit and five webinar panel discussions with jazz journalism veterans and newcomers talking about blogs, writing biographies, covering jazz festivals and jazz journalism now — have been archived online.

All archived programs are accessible to JJA members for free. The panel discussions, … [read more]