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Post Mortem: Gene Lees, jazz writer

May 12th, 2010 | By

This article originally appeared in the Post Mortem blog published by The Washington Post. It is reproduced with the permission of JJA member Matt Schudel.

It just so happened that I renewed my membership in the Jazz Journalists Association on Friday [April 23], the same day I heard that Gene Lees had died. I’ve been writing about jazz since 1992,… [read more]

Rifftides: Gene Lees, 1928-2010

May 12th, 2010 | By

This article originally appeared on Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides blog, published by ArtsJournal.com.

Gene Lees. Photograph by John Reeves.

Gene Lees died on April 22. We lost a writer unsurpassed at illuminating music and the world that musicians inhabit. I lost a cherished colleague whose work inspired me, a dear friend whose companionship brightened my existence. For a formal biography, see … [read more]

Last Year’s Honorees, This Year’s Winners (again)

May 11th, 2010 | By

America’s best high school jazz bands are directed by JJA “A Team” honorees, according to Jazz At Lincoln Center, announcing winners of its 15th annual Essentially Ellington competition.

The Garfield High School (Seattle) Jazz Band took first place, a trophy and $5,000 in the weekend-long competition and festival, which comprised performances and workshops by 15 finalists drawn from 96 bands applying … [read more]

JazzFest Berlin

Apr 29th, 2010 | By
Poster for Jazzfest Berlin 2009


How has JazzFest Berlin changed in the last 20 years, since the wall came down? Not all that much, and this is basically true for all of the festival’s 45 years. That’s OK, because its founders pointed it in the right direction in the first place, long before I ever got there. I’ve been lucky — or deranged — … [read more]

A View of Jazz in Turkey

Apr 29th, 2010 | By
Acik Radyo, Turkey

You don’t know where to start when writing about “jazz in your country,” especially if you are addressing an audience unfamiliar with the subject — the subject being Turkey, of course, not jazz. So I’ve decided to strip the story down and start with the single most important institution in my roughly 15-year jazz career and a pretty significant one … [read more]

Introducing JJA News

Apr 29th, 2010 | By
David R. Adler

Dear JJA colleagues,

After many years of producing Jazz Notes, the quarterly publication of the Jazz Journalists Assocation, we are now announcing the launch of JJA News.

This new online venture will take the place of Jazz Notes, yet it will include all the content you’ve come to expect from it — book reviews, stand-alone features and think pieces, a … [read more]

R.I.P.: Deaths in Late 2009

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

This is an addendum to R.I.P: Deaths in 2009, which appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Jazz Notes.

Saxophonist and arranger Willie “Face” Smith; saxophonist, bandleader, writer and broadcaster Jaap Ludeke

Pianist Terry Pollard; pianist and arranger Torrie Zito; pianist, composer, author and educator Charlie Banacos; pianist and educator Consuela Lee… [read more]

Here’s to Dan

Jan 15th, 2010 | By
Dan Morgenstern

Dan Morgenstern. Photograph by Ed Berger.

Musicians are obviously the lifeblood of jazz, but the importance of non-musician devotees like Dan Morgenstern is hard to overstate. Throughout his long career, Morgenstern has worn many hats: editor, journalist, critic, annotator, educator, scholar, archivist. He edited Down Beat during the late ’60s and early ’70s — a pivotal time in jazz’s, not to mention America’s, … [read more]

R.I.P.: Deaths in 2009

Jan 15th, 2010 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

This article appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Jazz Notes. See addendum.