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Congrats to Brother Tate

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

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]



Horror for freelancers?

Dec 8th, 2010 | By

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]



eyeJAZZ Challenge: Make your own jazz video tonight

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By
eyeJAZZ, the video project of the Jazz Journalists Association, has just issued its first eyeJAZZ Challenge, urging both novice and experienced video makers to shoot brief –one minute or less- video clips  that fit Challenge guidelines and submit them to eyeJAZZ .

The clips should give an outside view of places –from concert halls and clubs to … [read more]



And the (Grammy) nominees are…

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By

[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]



First eyeJAZZ videos posted

Nov 21st, 2010 | By
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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]



Jazz Forward Coalition launches

Nov 12th, 2010 | By

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]



The entire web as “public domain”?

Nov 7th, 2010 | By

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]



Ed Blackwell bio? Widow seeks author

Nov 5th, 2010 | By

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]



Chicago’s JazzGram: An Inside View

Oct 13th, 2010 | By

In 2006, the late Sue Markle moved out of Chicago and decided to resign as editor of the JazzGram, the newsletter of the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC), whose mission is to promote jazz in all of its forms. After two years spent as a JIC board member and a few more as a JazzGram contributor, I was offered … [read more]



Introducing Japan Jazz magazine

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

A new monthly magazine, Japan Jazz, website http://www.ymm.co.jp/p/jazz_japan.php, has risen from the ashes of Swing Journal, which suspended operations last May. Volume 1 Number 1 of Japan Jazz, published under the auspices of the Yamaha Corporation with a cover photo of electric guitarists Pat Metheny and Kazumi Watanabi, Oonishi Naoko’s “philosophical approach to jazz” and an essay on Wynton Kelly, among … [read more]