Ed Bland’s “The Cry of Jazz,” a low-budget semi-documentary made in Chicago in 1958 with original music by Sun Ra performed by his Arkestra, is among the 25 films named this year to the National Film Registry, a catalog of movies to be preserved for the ages in a program run by the Library of Congress. There are now 550 … [read more]
December 17 — Leading jazz critic Nate Chinen (The New York Times, JazzTimes) has convened four fellow critics for a lively and opinionated roundtable discussion at his blog The Gig. In addition to JJA member Chinen and JJA News editor David R. Adler, the roundtable features Chris Barton (Los Angeles Times), Jennifer Odell (Down … [read more]
Greg Tate — author, cultural activist and guitarist/musical director of the celebratory free-funk band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber — has been named a USA Ford Fellow by United States Artists, one of 50 artists in eight disciplines to receive $50,000 each, no strings attached.
Other jazz-and/music/improv related recipients this year include pianist-composer Uri Caine, new music accordionist Guy Klucevsek, … [read more]
Concert and festival producer Absolutely Live Entertainment shocked some JJA members in an e-mail promoting its upcoming Wayne Shorter concert at Town Hall (NYC). “(T)his will be a “no comp” show, [so] we are offering our industry and musician friends an opportunity to purchase tickets directly through our office,” the message read, seeming to remove what freelance writers and photographers … [read more]
The clips should give an outside view of places –from concert halls and clubs to … [read more]
[Update: Shout out to author and colleague Ashley Kahn for his Liner Notes nomination! JazzTimes has the full jazz slate, including nominations in the arranging, composition, world music and classical crossover categories.]
Nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are in, and the jazz category features such names as Vijay Iyer, Darcy James Argue, Dave Holland, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hank … [read more]
See now: First samples of eyeJAZZ, the JJA’s brand of from-the-scene music-news videos made quickly with handy pocket digital cameras and uploaded just as fast to the Internet. And here’s our logo –
Brief clips with interviews and music from the 45th anniversary concert of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and also its 40th — both … [read more]
Principals of AllAboutJazz.com, DLMedia, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Thirsty Ear Recordings and THIS IS RED Agency have announced formation of the Jazz Forward Coalition, an ambitious attempt to “coordinate and maximize” media and resources across the music’s many dimensions, focusing first off on “Business of Jazz.”… [read more]
Can your blog posting, or article published on the web, be taken by a publication and used without your permission, because putting it on the web makes it in the “public domain”? One magazine, Cooks Source, believes the answer to be yes, and that’s what they actually told blogger Monica Gaudio after they swiped one of her posts and … [read more]
Frances Blackwell, widow of drumming great Ed Blackwell, wants to produce a biography of her husband, who died in 1992.
She has the story but knows she’s not a writer with the discipline, sense of structure and publishing ambitions to complete a book, so she’s searching for a co-author to help her put together an “as-told-to.” It’s a job for … [read more]