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JJA Blogathon & Jazz Media Extravaganza

Mar 27th, 2012 | By
Starting on Jazz Day, April 13, the JJA will bring bloggers and other jazz mediamakers together to raise the profile of jazz in local communities and to kick off the 2012 JJA Jazz Awards public process.


JJA Jazz Awards 2012: nominations in, FB page up, parties scheduled

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

The JJA has launched its 16th annual Jazz Awards initiative and set Wednesday, June 20 as the date for a New York City Awards party at the Blue Note Jazz Club.   “Satellite” parties celebrating the Awards will be held around the same time in a number of other cities. Meanwhile, awards nominations are being tabulated and  2012 nominees will … [read more]



Help the JJA get a Knight Foundation Challenge Grant

Mar 18th, 2012 | By

The JJA has applied for a Knight News Challenge Grant to expand and strengthen the network that ties together jazz creators, presenters and media makers in local communities throughout the U.S. and perhaps abroad. A continuation of the direction the JJA has taken with many of its projects in the past decade, the “Jazz Lives Network” is intended to work … [read more]



JJA names online administrator

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By

Jo Ann Kawell, a fervent contributor to many JJA projects over the past five years, has formally accepted the job of Online Administrator. A writer, editor, radio producer, online media consultant with her own firm, Ozmotic Media, Jo Ann has been responsible for creating the JJA’s membership website, Jazz Awards sites, Facebook pages, and was both admin and instructor of … [read more]



Jazz World News: Jan – June 2012

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By
Selected news from other sources about jazz journalism, jazz in our communities and the business of jazz.


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]