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JJA’s Jazz Media Summit: Women, Social Justice, Extending Reach

Jan 20th, 2018 | By

The first ever (?!?) panel discussion of gender issues by four women who are professional jazz journalists (documented to vlogger Ms Michal Shapiro) kicked off the JJA’s Jazz Media Summit on January 13, 2018 at the Jazz Gallery in New York City. The 91-minute session on “Women in Jazz Journalism” is embedded:

Above, Jordannah Elizabeth

Michelle Mercer

Michelle Mercer, of NPR and … [read more]



Excerpts of Royal Stokes’ 2017 book roundup

Jan 18th, 2018 | By

W. Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes, author most recently of three novels as well as four previous books on jazz, a founding member of the JJA and past editor of Jazz Notes, annually presents a roundup of books he’s received, posted on his on blog. Many but not all of them are related to jazz and/or other forms of music, … [read more]



Final Bars of 2017

Jan 7th, 2018 | By

An extensive list of hundreds of international esteemed jazz, blues, gospel and “creative music” instrumentalists, singers and adherents of those arts who died in 2017. Compiled for the Jazz Journalists Association from sources including local newspapers, the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt weekly newsletter, AllAboutJazz.com, Wikipedia, the New York Times, Legacy.com, Rolling Stone, Variety, JazzTimes.com, blogs, list-serves, Facebook pages and European publications. Links to their fuller … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards 2017: The Banquet

Jun 25th, 2017 | By

Winners, from left: David Coates, Zev Feldman, Jack Kleinsinger, Ted Gioia, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Ruffin, Ashley Kahn, Ethan Iverson, Howard Mandel, Frank Stewart. All photos on this page by Janis Wilkins.

The JJA celebrated its 21st annual Jazz Awards on June 6 2017 with a banquet at the Golden Unicorn in New York City’s Chinatown. Musician of the Year … [read more]



Jazz Media Summit set for Jan 13, NYC @ the Jazz Gallery

May 18th, 2017 | By

The JJA is producing a Jazz Media Summit at the Jazz Gallery (1160 Broadway, NYC) on Saturday, Jan 13, 2018, with participatory sessions entitled “Women in Jazz Journalism,” “Black Lives Matter and other Social Justice Issues in Jazz Journalism,  and “Beyond the Immediate:

Michelle Mercer

Expanding Your Media Outreach.” No admission charge will be required — all are welcome.

Scheduled proximately with the JazzTimes-Jazz at … [read more]



Winners of 21st annual JJA Jazz Awards announced

May 15th, 2017 | By

McCoy Tyner, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree of 2017 JJA Jazz Awards

Pianists reign as winners of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 21st annual Jazz Awards — see winners in 41 categories of excellence in music and music journalism at www.JJAJazzAwards.org. The JJA’s voting members have celebrated 78-year old McCoy Tyner for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, 13-year-old Joey Alexander as Up and Coming … [read more]



A banquet celebrating 21st annual Jazz Awards

May 14th, 2017 | By

The JJA’s 21st annual Jazz Awards is the occasion of the organization’s festive banquet on June 6 (2017) at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 East Broadway, NYC, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. A ticketed event, reservations can be made here (no walkups will be admitted).

Ted Gioia, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree

Winners of 2017 Jazz Awards in 41 categories … [read more]



26 Jazz Heroes in 20 U.S. locales announced, with parties

Apr 21st, 2017 | By

More than two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — Americans exerting unusual positive musical influence on their communities, and not only by being musicians – have been named  be celebrated in 20 U.S. locales throughout April, Jazz Appreciation Month 2017,  the Jazz Journalists Association announces in collaboration with jazz community grassroots groups, institutions and supporters nationwide.

The complete list of Heroes, with photos, bios and … [read more]



21st annual JJA Jazz Awards nominations announced

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced nominees for its 2017 JJA Jazz Awards, the 21st annual celebration of excellence in music and music journalism. Henry Threadgill, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music and the JJA’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, tops the ballot with seven nominations, followed by tenor saxophonist-bandleader Charles Lloyd and pianist-trio leader Fred Hersch, [read more]



Nat Hentoff memorialized

Feb 26th, 2017 | By
The Nat Hentoff Memorial at St. Peter’s Church Friday, Feb 24, attested to the many facets of the civil libertarian and tireless jazz advocate, 1925-2017. He was a giant, and beyond category, to invoke the Ellington expression Hentoff applied to anyone he deemed deserving of it, and there weren’t many. He certainly lived up to the pronouncement himself — perhaps unique … [read more]