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 … [read more]
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]
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]
Raising the stakes of media “musts” for free, city-supported jazz performances, the Detroit International Jazz Festival has announced it will stream video of live and taped performances, news flashes, artist interviews and informed commentary throughout its Labor Day weekend activities, September 3 through 6. … [read more]
Mark Gridley, author of Jazz Styles: History and Analysis, a leading textbook introducing the music to undergraduates for three decades, has called for color action photographs of almost two dozen post-1950 jazz stars for inclusion in an 11th edition forthcoming from Pearson/Prentice -Hall. Concurrently, Gridley has faced criticism from a veteran JJA photographer for the rights agreement governing compensation of … [read more]
In the New York Times. Farewell to one of our absolute greats.… [read more]
The joys of jazz-related summer travel in Italy have long been known. I detail some of the fun I had at the Siena Jazz Workshop and Tuscia in Jazz Festival in Soriano nel Cimino in this lengthy blog posting.
But here are some tips for jazz journalists considering such trips. Though based on my experience of only ten days, during … [read more]
The passing of photographer Dennis Stock earlier this year (at age 81) inspired me to dig out my copy of a now 50-year-old volume, published by Doubleday in 1960. Looking through these black-and-white photographs is like seeing old friends again, though so many of those pictured — and now their chronicler, too — are gone.
In 1982, Ralph Pomeroy wrote … [read more]