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Average income, jazz musicians: $23,000?

Feb 17th, 2012 | By

According to partial, “first look” results of the Future of Music Coaltion’s Money from Music Survey, independent jazz musicians on average made approximately $23,000 in 2011. Jazz musicians who are members of the American Federation of Musicians had a mean income of $37,ooo. The survey included self-reported data from 800 musicians, almost entirely living in the United States.

Finances reported … [read more]



Katie Malloch retires! Listeners distraught!

Feb 10th, 2012 | By

Katie Malloch, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s devoted voice of jazz, is retiring after four decades of support for a scene that’s grown from a small, scattered underground to a nationwide festival circuit, the envy of the music world.

Host since 2007 of the CBC Radio 2 weekday jazz-soul-Latin-world music show “Tonic,” before that the long-running “Jazz Beat,” before that “That … [read more]



Seeking JJANews editor, JJA online admin

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

The JJA currently seeks to fill two paid positions: editor of JJANews and online administration of the JJA. Both are part-time jobs requiring more work than the JJA can afford to pay for, so dedication to the organization and acceptance of responsibilities in a volunteer mode are attributes required from successful candidates. Other requisites are the ability to work with … [read more]



Appreciating the first African-American artists’ manager in jazz

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

Arnold Jay Smith blogs about the late John Levy, 1913 – 2012 — bassist, manager to jazz greats, NEA Jazz Master.… [read more]



Critique student jazz journalists’ articles, photos

Jan 21st, 2012 | By

High school students from the Germantown Central School District on New York State (about 20 miles northeast of Woodstock) had a go at jazz journalism in early December, when four of a class of

Joe Locke, photo by Jahn Jaeger

about 30 studying Digital Photography and Journalism took up the challenge to write about or post photos of a performance by the Joe Locke Trio … [read more]



Honor Roll of the 2011 Deceased

Jan 17th, 2012 | By
These jazz, blues and otherwise musical artists, journalists, industry leaders, educators

Violinist Billy Bang

and related personages died in 2011 — compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling. Sadly we have no comparable list of the jazz and blues greats born in 2011.
MARGARET WHITING, BRIAN RUST, MILTON BABBITT, GEORGE SHEARING, EDDIE KIRKLAND, JOE MORELLO, PINETOP PERKINS, BILLY … [read more]


JazzVideoGuy reports on JEN

Jan 15th, 2012 | By

Bret “JazzVideoGuy” Primack, JJA member and instructor of the JJA’s eyeJAZZ video news project, shows just what went on at the Jazz Education Network’s conference January 6 – 8, 2012. Click on headline to view his video report.

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JJA members can be JEN members

Dec 17th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has renewed its Network Affiliate Group membership in the Jazz Education Network, so JJA members can become JEN affiliate members for $10, and receive benefits as listed at the JEN website. Benefits include members’ registration to the third annual JEN conference, “Developing Tomorrow’s Jazz Audiences Today!”, January 4 – 7 2012 in Louisville, KY.

JEN has … [read more]



Journalists, presenters, publicists, artists: Media for growth

Dec 16th, 2011 | By
JJA at APAP

Concrete, practical steps for journalists, presenters, publicists and artists pursuing new audiences, higher profiles and more mutual engagement: that’s the focus of Media for Audience Development,
the JJA’s third annual New York City winter mini-conference. The JJA is producing three panel discussions and a Town Hall meeting at the Association for Performing Arts Presenters convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Jan. … [read more]



Editor, staff, submissions sought

Dec 5th, 2011 | By

JJANews.org seeks an editor-in-chief — who will receive a regular (though very small) stipend, if negotiated benchmarks are met — as well as regular contributors and occasional submissions by all members of the JJA.

The public face of the Jazz Journalists Association, JJANews has existed for the past nine months depending on the work of minimal staff, with few new … [read more]