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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.”

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“[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]



The International Herald Trombone: A Tribute to Mike Zwerin, 1930-2010

Jul 13th, 2010 | By

For decades Mike Zwerin was the significant American in Paris for a floating readership of world travelers and settled expats, ready with the word about music, delivered in an idiom of cosmopolitan verbal swing on the back page of the International Herald Tribune four or so times a month. In the days before the web he was the fastest friend … [read more]



Bill Smith Gets “A Team” Award at Vancouver Fest Gala

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By

[See Brian Nation’s writeup here.]

The 2010 Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s opening night gala ceremonies (on Thursday, June 24 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Rooftop Pavilion) will include the presentation by fest artistic director Ken Pickering of the JJA’s “A Team” Award to Bill Smith — for his lifetime of support with jazz and new … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards: Around-the-Web Feedback

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

I just wanted to personally thank you for creating and organizing this great event. It was a testament to the music and the people in the jazz community. Bravo. — Ralph Miriello, blogger

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City Winery is by far the best venue for this so far, with ample room to move about and press the flesh — which of course is … [read more]