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Dr. Billy Taylor: pianist, jazz journalist

Dec 30th, 2010 | By
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As arts correspondent for Charles Kuralt’s CBS Sunday Morning, musical director of the David Frost Show, and broadcaster on WNEW and WLIB radio among others, Dr. Billy Taylor made invaluable contributions to jazz journalism, even in the midst of his storied career as a jazz pianist.

Tributes to the late Dr. Taylor are rolling in across the web – Marc … [read more]



“The Cry of Jazz” named by National Film Registry

Dec 29th, 2010 | By
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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]



Critics’ 2010 Roundtable at Nate Chinen’s The Gig

Dec 18th, 2010 | By

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]



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]