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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]



Jazz Awards Postgame: Must We Always Be Conflicted?

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

The JJA Jazz Awards were held on the same day and time as ASCAP’s 2010 Jazz Wall of Fame event. Whose announcement came first is of little significance. What matters is that jazz is too small a market for this to continue to happen. The Jazz Awards is a great hang; we get to greet people we haven’t seen in … [read more]



Photos from Scottsdale, Arizona Jazz Awards Party!

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Scottsdale is home to the JJA’s youngest member, Mikayla Gilbreath, who gathered on June 14th with some of the local scene’s leading lights for a Jazz Awards satellite party. Big thanks to our Arizona community!

Left to right: Vocalist Delphine Cortez, Mikayla Gilbreath, bassist (and board member of Jazz in Arizona) Steve Douglas.

Left to right: Jill Gilbreath, Mikayla Gilbreath, [read more]



And the winners are…!

Jun 15th, 2010 | By

Here is the rundown from yesterday. And be sure to read JJA President Howard Mandel on the “why” of the Awards (from June 10th).

Video from the event available here. And an evolving photo gallery from Fran Kaufman here. (Photo at left: Josh Jackson with his Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting, © Fran Kaufman.)

Thank you to all who attended, … [read more]



A View from the JEN Conference

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Conference, held May 20-22 in St. Louis, has come and gone but the two-week “postgame” window now allows enough distance for some reflection. Approximately 1,100 people — predominantly educators, with some musicians and industry people mixed in — attended the three-day affair. While there were only a few artist representatives and fewer presenters on hand, … [read more]



JJA Photo of the Year Finalists, In Their Own Words

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Back in the 1980s, the Warsaw-based International Jazz Federation held an annual competition, Jazz Photo International, featuring submissions in an exhibition at Poland’s premier festival, the Jazz Jamboree, and publishing the winning images in Jazz Forum magazine, also based in Warsaw. (The magazine is still alive and well, though now only in Polish: www.jazzforum.com.pl.) On an international scale, this was … [read more]



How We Talk About Jazz in 2010

May 24th, 2010 | By

It’s been just over a year that I have semi-officially considered myself a jazz writer. It started with this post, which began as an essay for a graduate course on jazz and film (I am currently finishing my MA in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers-Newark, the only masters program currently offered in jazz history worldwide). Since then I’ve been … [read more]



Swing stops: Japanese jazz mag fails

May 19th, 2010 | By

Swing Journal, the magazine promoting American jazz in Japan since the end of WWII, ceases publication with its June issue. According to editor-in-chief Takafumi Mimori, “We will make efforts to revive it somehow,” but the monthly publication known for its photography, articles by U.S. as well as Japanese commentators and previously robust support from electronics firms and instrument manufacturers … [read more]