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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]

Highlights In Jazz: 38 Years of Jazz History, Closing Up Shop

May 14th, 2010 | By
For the past 38 years, Jack Kleinsinger was impresario and host of “Highlights In Jazz,” a moveable fete of jazz luminaries presented in not-really-jam-sessions. And now, in light of financial considerations, it ends. “I’m not giving up on jazz, it’s just this deepening recession,” Kleinsinger says. The final Highlights In Jazz concert took place last night, Thursday, May 13.

Jazz Icons Lambasts JJA, Calls DVD Nominee a “Bootleg”

May 14th, 2010 | By

May 13, 2010, New York — “You should be ashamed of yourselves,” producers of the Jazz Icons DVD series scolded the Jazz Journalists Association for naming Count Basie & His Orchestra — Live in Berlin & Stockholm 1968 a “Jazz Video of the Year” finalist in the 2010 JJA Jazz Awards. In an “open letter” sent to a selection of … [read more]

Tanglewood Awards Jazz Café Spots Via Video Submissions

May 13th, 2010 | By

Wednesday, May 12 — Boston: The Tanglewood Jazz Festival (Sept. 4-5, 2010, in Lenox MA) has announced it will award four performance spots on the “Jazz Café” stage of its annual Labor Day weekend programming on the basis of musicians’ videotapes and electronic press kits. For what appears to be the first time, emerging artists are being asked to submit … [read more]