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JJA conference schedule, registration available

Dec 17th, 2010 | By

The schedule for “New Media for New Jazz,” the JJA’s second annual conference in New York City, being held from January 7 through 11, has taken shape, and registration is now open. As previously reported,  the conference will include a series of panel discussions, town hall meetings, workshops to be held at the Sheraton NY, and a Friday afternoon cocktail … [read more]



JJA seeks applicants, activists

Dec 15th, 2010 | By

The JJA is on the move. Our “New Media for New Jazz” conference is set for January 7 – 11 in NYC — simultaneous with Winter Jazzfest (conference registrants will get in free), the Association for Performing Arts Presenters convention (our conference sessions — details and registration to be posted shortly — will take place within APAP’s spaces; we’ll be … [read more]



Horror for freelancers?

Dec 8th, 2010 | By

Concert and festival producer Absolutely Live Entertainment shocked some JJA members in an e-mail promoting its upcoming Wayne Shorter concert at Town Hall (NYC). “(T)his will be a “no comp” show, [so] we are offering our industry and musician friends an opportunity to purchase tickets directly through our office,” the message read, seeming to remove what freelance writers and photographers … [read more]



JJA members’ 2010 ‘Best of’ lists

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

It’s a tradition:  Jazz journalists hang their favorite recordings out for all to see as kids hang up Christmas stockings. Kids, if they’ve been good, get good stuff.  Jazz journalists, hoping for the best, search for musical nuggets to light up their ears–and yours.  The JJA 10- best lists now being posted by professional members of the Jazz Journalists Association, a … [read more]



Jazz Forward Coalition launches

Nov 12th, 2010 | By

Principals of AllAboutJazz.com, DLMedia, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Thirsty Ear Recordings and THIS IS RED Agency have announced formation of the Jazz Forward Coalition, an ambitious attempt to “coordinate and maximize” media and resources across the music’s many dimensions, focusing first off on “Business of Jazz.”… [read more]



Ed Blackwell bio? Widow seeks author

Nov 5th, 2010 | By

Frances Blackwell, widow of drumming great Ed Blackwell, wants to produce a biography of her husband, who died in 1992.

Ed Blackwell

She has the story but knows she’s not a writer with the discipline, sense of structure and publishing ambitions to complete a book, so she’s searching for a co-author to help her put together an “as-told-to.” It’s a … [read more]



#jazzlives, the twitter campaign, at one year old

Aug 26th, 2010 | By

#Jazzlives is a Twitter campaign meant to demonstrate there is indeed a healthy, happy, young and tech-savvy audience for live jazz. I’ve posted at length about it on my blog in hopes of reinforcing the campaign’s popularity during these last weeks of August and early September, high season for jazz festivals where audiences can be encouraged to tweet, raising their … [read more]



Jazz journalism on a foreign road

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

The joys of jazz-related summer travel in Italy have long been known. I detail some of the fun I had at the Siena Jazz Workshop and Tuscia in Jazz Festival in Soriano nel Cimino in this lengthy blog posting.

But here are some tips for jazz journalists considering such trips. Though based on my experience of only ten days, during … [read more]



2010 Awards past, new programming follows

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

The 2010 JJA Jazz Awards had the greatest outreach this year than ever before, due to our social media campaigns, streaming video (now archived at www.ustream.com but viewable also on JJAJazzAwards.org), photo pool, slideshows and satellite parties. This taught us something about what we as an organization and individual journalists, too, need to do going forward.

One simple thing is … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards 2010 Go Digital, Local, Global, Viral

Jun 15th, 2010 | By

[Photo: Vijay Iyer accepting award. © Enid Farber 2010]

This is the year the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Awards went digital, increasingly global and emphatically more local, all at once.

Using streaming online video and social media plus the energies of JJA members to organize distant “satellite parties,” the JJA Jazz Awards June 14 celebrated excellence with a gala at City … [read more]