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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

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]

Need to Know

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

What does a writer need to know in order to write both well, and also dispassionately, about music?

Many musicians feel that only another musician, one equipped with a technical understanding of the craft, can take the full measure of one of their own. But is that necessarily true? If it were, we might presume that many if not most … [read more]

Vegas firm suing bloggers over copyrights

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By

Wired has the story (via Arts Journal):

“Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he’s making money.”


“[Steve] Gibson’s vision is to monetize news content on … [read more]

The Freelance National Anthem

Jul 21st, 2010 | By

Thanks to Media Bistro (and Youtube) for bringing this ode of joy to JJA attentions, and to Bill Dyszel for its creation (see next page)… [read more]