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2016 Jazz Awards winners for music: Threadgill, Schneider, Washington

May 15th, 2016 | By

Henry Threadgill is recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award — composer-orchestra leader Maria Schneider wins Musician of the Year and four other Awards, including Best Album of 2015 for The Thompson Fields – and saxophonist Kamasi Washington is hailed as Up and Coming Musician of the Year, by voting members of the JJA in the organization’s 20th … [read more]



Coming May 1: JJA members dues increase

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Best reason to renew JJA memberships if your annual dues are nearly due: The JJA board of directors has approved a dues raise for both full-voting journalist members and individual associate members, as of May 1.

The first increase in dues levied since 2000, journalist-members dues will rise from $75 to $90 per annum, and  associate individual (non-voting) memberships from … [read more]



Celebrating 25 years, JJA looks at 2013

Dec 8th, 2012 | By

Happy New Year, Jazz Journalists Association members and friends — please help us celebrate 2013 as the 25th anniversary of the founding  of our professional organization. Supporting the creation  and dissemination of high quality coverage of jazz in all its forms, and encouraging the growth of the jazz audience through innovative as well as traditional forms of media, the JJA looks to … [read more]



Peter Pullman’s Wail: The Life of Bud Powell- a review

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

On Amazon, reviewers so far are unanimous in their five-star appraisal of Peter Pullman’s Wail: The Life of Bud Powell, and all they write is true. This book is impeccably researched, compassionate towards its deeply problematic subject without being mawkish or hagiographic, and multi-dimensional  in its portraying of music, society and the lives of a distinctive coterie of difficult 

people under considerable … [read more]



Philadelphia Jazz Coalition faces fans

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Approximately 150 Philadelphia jazz devotees gathered at the Clef Club on Tuesday, July 31, for an energized and mostly upbeat Town Hall meeting held by the nascent Philadelphia Jazz Coalition. The event, in which this author participated as a panelist along with 14 local music

Future of Philly jazz: Clef Club Youth Band

activists, was a show of the breadth … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards decentralized, with parties, heroes everywhere

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By
[I]f the most celebrated commercial entities of jazz are shaken by developments of the digital revolution, the music is so deeply and widely rooted as to be indestructible.


2012 JJA Jazz Awards in Full June Swing – Parties from New York to New Zealand & In-Between

May 28th, 2012 | By

The 16th annual JJA Jazz Awards are being celebrated June 18 to 24 with a dozen parties in cities internationally

— Auckland New Zealand, Ottawa and in the U.S. from Boston to Tucson,  Gainesville and Tallahassee to San Francisco and L.A., besides Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Schenectady and New York, New York (to which reservations should be made now). The JJA’s … [read more]



JJA Media Forward at APAP, CMA

Jan 16th, 2012 | By

JJA panelists, from left: Geller, Kawell, Jackson, Seroff, Mandel

The JJA’s four-session (plus party) NYC mini-conference within the Association for Performing Arts Presenters’ annual convention, Jan. 6 through 8, and our panel “Social Media Without Fear” at the Chamber Music America conference, Jan. 14, engaged some 150 journalists, publicists, presenters and artists with news and tips about media now.With panelists ranging across … [read more]



Paul Blair, writer, broadcaster, editor, guide — dies, 69

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

Paul Blair, 1942 - 2011

Sad news for jazzers and walkers, not only of New York City: writer, editor, broadcaster and tour guide Paul Blair died suddenly on December 6. He suffered a heart attack while sitting on a park bench, a month short of his 70th birthday.
Paul has been editor of Hot House jazz magazine since 2003; in 2001 … [read more]


New publisher takes Cadence online, multi-media

Oct 26th, 2011 | By
On payments for contributors: "We've got to come up with something. I don't' know what Cadence is without good writing."