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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]



Detroit Intern’l To Stream Performances, Commentary Live Video

Aug 25th, 2010 | By

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]



Gridley call for photos for Jazz Styles textbook

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

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]



Nate Chinen on Abbey Lincoln

Aug 14th, 2010 | By

In the New York Times. Farewell to one of our absolute greats.… [read more]



Jazz journalism on a foreign road

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

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]



Dennis Stock’s Jazz Street: An Appreciation

Aug 4th, 2010 | By
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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]



Marc Myers on Mitch Miller

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

Jazz Awards 2010 nominee and JazzWax proprietor Marc Myers assesses the legacy of the late Mitch Miller, under the headline: “Mitch Miller: Jazz Friend or Foe?” Read Marc and get the answer.… [read more]



William Gottlieb photos enter public domain

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

Peruse some of the treasure on Flickr, via the Library of Congress.

[Via Patrick of ABS.]

[Update: WPFW-FM will be interviewing the JJA's Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress on the Gottlieb collection - audio to come if possible.]… [read more]



“Memo to Prospective Freelancers”

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By

From Tony Ortega of The Village Voice. One could take issue with some of it, but it’s useful. Reactions, thoughts? Share them in the comments.… [read more]