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Swing stops: Japanese jazz mag fails

May 19th, 2010 | By

Swing Journal, the magazine promoting American jazz in Japan since the end of WWII, ceases publication with its June issue. According to editor-in-chief Takafumi Mimori, “We will make efforts to revive it somehow,” but the monthly publication known for its photography, articles by U.S. as well as Japanese commentators and previously robust support from electronics firms and instrument manufacturers … [read more]



President’s Report: May 2010

May 8th, 2010 | By
Howard Mandel

Big steps forward are hard for anybody doing anything substantial. The JJA’s recent big steps include:

  • putting together the 14th annual JJA Jazz Awards at City Winery in NYC on June 14. Go to JJAJazzAwards.org for details and to buy tickets ($75 to paid-up JJA members);
  • transforming Jazz Notes, a quarterly, into JJA News, which can operate as
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2010 and Beyond

Jan 15th, 2010 | By
Howard Mandel

Dear JJA members,

What do you get for your Jazz Journalists Association membership dues (which we urge you to pay via credit card online at PayPal, a free service linked at the JJA’s virtual Office at Jazzhouse.org)? It’s a fair question to ask the principals of any organization, one that occurs to new members as well as our re-upping core.… [read more]