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Zan Stewart retires from Star-Ledger

Jul 5th, 2010 | By

And who better than Zan himself to tell the tale, in this farewell post.

As Zan observes, the list of on-staff jazz journalists at U.S. newspapers continues to dwindle. Who’s left? Feel free to brainstorm with us in the comments box.… [read more]



Member Updates: July 2010

Jul 1st, 2010 | By

Ed Bride, freelance writer and president of Berkshires Jazz, Inc., recently presented the first “Berkshires Jazz Living Legends” award to NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. The pianist appeared in concert in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts for the first time in a decade. Berkshires Jazz organized the concert and included a “meet the media” panel chaired by … [read more]



New Members: July 2010

Jul 1st, 2010 | By

Chuck Vecoli of Chicago is a drummer and staff writer for Jazzreview.com.

Jim Wilke, based in Seattle, is a writer and recording engineer who has served as producer and host of Public Radio International’s Jazz After Hours since 1984.… [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]



ASCAP revives Deems Taylor Awards

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

ASCAP, the music licensing organization, has revived the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism after a one-year suspension of the program. New support from the Music Publishers Association (MPA) underwrites several categories of Awards for non-fiction prose about music published in English in the United States during calendar year 2009. Books, articles in print and online, and liner … [read more]



The Two Janes

Jun 25th, 2010 | By

Confusion reigns, unfortunately, over which Jane was a finalist in the Soprano Saxophonist of the Year category of the 2010 Jazz Awards. Evan Parker was voted the winner of this Award by a significant margin, but both Jane Ira Bloom and Jane Bunnett appear as finalists on lists of the nominees — though only Bloom’s name was listed on the … [read more]



Awards program book slip: The ad that shoulda been

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By
"50,000 jazz fans can't be wrong" -- perhaps not, but program book editors can be . . .


Photos from Chicago!

Jun 15th, 2010 | By
from left: Art Lange (first president of the Jazz Journalists Association); JJA Jazz Heroes Joe Segal and Geraldine de Haas; Neil Tesser, MC of the Chicago Jazz Awards satellite party.


JJA Announces its 2010 “A Team” and Jazz Heroes!

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has named eight new members to its “A Team” of  Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz,”  along with five “JJA Jazz Heroes,” who have done exceptional work to support jazz at the local level.  The new A Team and Jazz Heroes will be honored at the June 14 JJA Jazz Awards gala in New … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards Satellite Parties Spread Nationwide

May 29th, 2010 | By

Can’t make it to the JJA Jazz Awards gala on June 14 in New York City?

This year, for the first time ever,  friends of jazz in other locales are throwing satellite parties so local jazz fans can follow the JJA Jazz Awards live on streaming internet video. They’ll  celebrate simultaneously with the Jazz Awards ceremony and reception in New York.

2010 … [read more]