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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]



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]



Meet the JJA’s 2016 Jazz Heroes!

Apr 1st, 2016 | By
2016 JJA Jazz Heroes

The 2016 class of “Jazz Heroes” — 27 activists of positive influence on their U.S. musical communities and beyond — have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association, the non-profit organization of media professionals, in collaborations with grassroots groups and supporters in 23 U.S. communities. See names, detailed bios and portraits of the Heroes on the JJA’s website http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/2016-jazz-heroes.html

Jazz … [read more]



Andy Gilbert joins the JJA board

Mar 18th, 2016 | By

Andy Gilbert, a noted Bay Area freelance writer, has accepted a seat on the Jazz Journalists Association’s board of directors.

Frequently published by the San Jose Mercury News, SF Chronicle, JazzTimes and Berkeleyside.com, among other publications, Andy describes himself as “mostly a newspaper guy.” He has admired the JJA’s expansions into new media, but concedes he has not yet acclimated to … [read more]



Book roundup: Published in 2015

Feb 1st, 2016 | By

W. Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes’ Roundup of 130 or so Jazz, Blues, Beyond and other books published in the past year or so provides a useful guide for JJA members nominating Best Books for the 2016 Jazz Awards. Stokes, a longtime JJA member and Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, only included books he received review copies of, so some jazz … [read more]



Final Bars of 2015 (update 2/09/16)

Jan 4th, 2016 | By
ESPECIALLY NOTABLE AMONG 2015's DECEASED: BOB BELDEN, MARCUS BELGRAVE, NATALIE COLE, ORNETTE COLEMAN*, JEFF GOLUB, BO DOLLIS, WILTON FELDER, JOHNNY GIMBLE, ORRIN KEEPNEWS*, B.B. KING, BRUCE LUNDVALL, MARK MURPHY, DAVE PIKE, LARRY ROSEN, HOWARD RUMSEY, GUNTHER SCHULLER*, RAVI SHANKAR, LEW SOLOFF, CLARK TERRY*, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, PHIL WOODS* (* denotes NEA Jazz Masters).


Jazz Awards presented coast-to-coast

Dec 8th, 2015 | By

Nicole Mitchell receives “Flutist of the Year Award” from JJA president Howard Mandel; photo by Kent Richmond

Nicole Mitchell, winner of the JJA’s 2015 Flutist of the Year Award, received her engraved statuette at the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s free Jazzcity “Voices Heard” concert December 11 at the Garfield Park Conservatory, thus completing the nationwide presentation of Awards for excellence … [read more]



Boston Globe music writer Ernie Santosuosso dies at age 93

Oct 19th, 2015 | By

Jazz-loving, across-the-boards music journalist Ernie Santosuosso’s career is reprised well by Brian Marquard, Boston Globe staffer.… [read more]