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]
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.
She complete list of Heroes, with photos, bios and … [read more]
Editor’s note: Nat Hentoff, jazz journalist, civil rights advocate and JJA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, died January 7, 2017. Christine Passarella, educator and founder of Kids for Coltrane, was among those benefitting from Nat’s attentions and support.
A Writer Supreme, by Christine Passarella
In a New York City Greenwich Village apartment sat a man deeply absorbed in … [read more]
W. Royal Stokes has posted his annual roundup of music-and-culture-related books he received from publishers in 2016. He has annotated each of 150 titles with notes from their press releases and his own mini-reviews. His comments on books dealing specifically with jazz are excerpted below.
If you’d … [read more]
An extensive list of hundreds of international esteemed jazz, blues and “creative music” instrumentalists, vocalists and adherents of those arts who died in 2016. Compiled for the Jazz Journalists Association from sources including local newspapers, Deadrockstars.com, the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt newsletter, AllAboutJazz.com, Wikipedia, the New York Times, Legacy.com, Rolling Stone, Variety, JazzTimes.com, blogs, listserves, Facebook pages and European publications. Links to their … [read more]
“Basics of Jazz Journalism” is the title of the JJA’s panel discussion/workshop at the fifth annual Jazz Connect conference, to be held from 2 pm to 3 pm, Thursday, January 5, 2017, in the York Theatre (Lower Level II) of St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th St.) in New York City.
On the panel/workshop, JJA members Laurence Donohue-Greene… [read more]
Journalist and broadcaster Ted Panken, a master interviewer, received the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, WEMU (Ypsilanti MI) music director and program host Linda Yohn was given the JJA’s Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for excellence in broadcasting and DownBeat magazine was … [read more]
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]
Winners of the 2016 Jazz Awards for journalism will be announced and presented, along with the Jazz Hero Award for New York City’s Rio Sakairi and performances by drummer Herlin Riley’s Quintet, singer René Marie and her trio, and pianist John Beasley — fresh from music directing the International Jazz … [read more]