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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]



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]


Kids for Coltrane founder: Nat mentored me

Jan 26th, 2017 | By

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

Nat Hentoff

In a New York City Greenwich Village apartment sat a man deeply absorbed in … [read more]



Jazz-related books of 2016

Jan 2nd, 2017 | By

W. Royal Stokes, JJA Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree (among other distinctions)

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]



Final Bars of 2016

Jan 2nd, 2017 | By

David Baker

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]



JJA at 2017 Jazz Connect Conference, WinterJazz Fest

Dec 12th, 2016 | By

“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]



20th annual Jazz Awards party celebrates media-makers

Jun 28th, 2016 | By

Ted Panken, photo by Grayson Dantzic

Linda Yohn with Award, photo by Grayson Dantzic

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]



2016 Jazz Awards winners for music: Threadgill, Schneider, Washington

May 15th, 2016 | By

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]