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JJA Member Updates: October 2015

Oct 17th, 2015 | By
Jazz Journalists Association

Looking for proof that jazz is alive and well? You’ll find the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association after the jump. We never sleep! If you are a JJA member and would like your recent activities included in the next installment of Member Updates, send a brief paragraph beginning [read more]



Tom “The Jazzman” Mallison killed in car crash

Sep 8th, 2015 | By

Tom “the Jazzman” Mallison, a veteran broadcaster and highly regarded, active member of the JJA among other professional organizations, reportedly died in a car crash near Vanceburg, NC,

Tom the Jazzman Mallison

upon returning from his weekly five-hour broadcast on WTEB Sunday night, Sept. 6. Mallison was 75 years old. A memorial service in his honor was scheduled to be streamed live … [read more]



Grants for jazz researchers

Aug 15th, 2015 | By

Dan Morgenstern, director emeritus, in the stacks at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers (Newark)

The Institute of Jazz Studies, situated in the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is once again offering research grants supported by the Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund, an endowment established by Benny Carter in 1987.

ISJ offers … [read more]



JazzWeek Summit honors radio stations, programmers

Aug 13th, 2015 | By

Arturo Gómez, winner of a Bobby Jackson Programmer of the Year Award from JazzWeek

JazzWeek, online publisher of weekly jazz radio airplay charts, current recording releases and, for subscribers, news of the broadcast industry, announced winners of its annual Awards at a reception on August 6, during its 12th annual JazzWeek Summit, this year held in San Jose, CA. Awards are presented for stations, programmers, … [read more]



B.B. King, R.I.P.

May 17th, 2015 | By

photo credit: Monterey County Herald Archives

MAY 15, 2015 — I’ve had little but B.B. King in mind and on the home stereo since he entered hospice two weeks ago. The great bluesman has been a constant in my life for the better part of five decades, and while I’ve been profoundly touched by musicians across a wide range of … [read more]



A year in books

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

W, Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes, 2014 recipient of the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award, has compiled a useful annotated list of “jazz, blues and beyond” books published during calendar year 2014. See it in his blog.… [read more]



Final Bars of 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

ESPECIALLY NOTABLE: AMIRI BARAKA, SID CAESAR, BUDDY DEFRANCO, KENNY DREW JR., LIONEL FERBOS, MED FLORY, JUAN FORMELL, CHARLIE HADEN, TIM HAUSER, PAUL HORN, HERB JEFFRIES, IDRIS MUHAMMAD, JOE SAMPLE, JIMMY SCOTT, HORACE SILVER, JERRY VALE, KENNY WHEELER, JOE WILDER, GERALD WILSON, HERB WONG

Accordionist Ollie Viljoen; accordionist, pianist, composer and educator Evan Harlan;

Actor, drummer, pianist and singer Mickey Rooney;

Arranger, conductor, orchestra leader and … [read more]



Jazz loves Dan Morgenstern (via Tom Reney)

Oct 27th, 2014 | By
Dan Morgenstern is admired for knowledge and sensitivity to musicians and their creative activities throughout the jazz world. Tom Reney explains why.


Three jazz poems

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

Jazz of a Sunny Day 

This mental work, what’s the point,
Working over things
Kneading my flesh
Like bread dough
Bread is always on my mind
The money’s running out
Even Picasso
Worried about money
Ready, steady, cash
Sometimes it works like this
Just snap your fingers
It’s there… So there you are,
Plus the worries about
Everyday things,
Sexuality, … [read more]



Bio writing with help from JJA webinar and friends

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

If anyone had told me I would be writing the biography of Sheila Jordan I would have rolled my eyes. Yet, here I am preparing for the September release of Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group). Being presented with this undertaking by Ms. Jordan herself carried a huge responsibility. My aspiration was to tell … [read more]