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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]



JJA Q&A: Jennifer Odell

May 19th, 2014 | By

Jennifer Odell is a New Orleans-based contributing writer for Downbeat Magazine and the Offbeat Magazine. We decided tap her knowledge on what it means to cover a jazz festival in the 21st century. We came to Jennifer in the wake of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the “unofficial launch” of the summer jazz festival season. In … [read more]



Jazz Fest Season — Resources for Journos

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (photo from web)

With the launch of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last weekend (April 26, continuing through May 4), the summer jazz festival season has arrived.  According to the May issue of DownBeat, there are 87 fests across the U.S. from May through mid-October that feature jazz (either primarily or in part.) … [read more]



Coming May 1: JJA members dues increase

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Best reason to renew JJA memberships if your annual dues are nearly due: The JJA board of directors has approved a dues raise for both full-voting journalist members and individual associate members, as of May 1.

The first increase in dues levied since 2000, journalist-members dues will rise from $75 to $90 per annum, and  associate individual (non-voting) memberships from … [read more]



Talking Jazz Series: New and Traditional Jazz Publications, online/in print

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

Rescheduled for the second time! due to hangups with Google Hangouts, Wednesday April 23 is the new date (at 8 pm EDT) of “The New Online Publications,” introducing four publisher-editors hammering out models for upcoming jazz media. Seventh of the  JJA’s free  interactive  Talking Jazz panel series presented by the Anita E. Berry Education Fund of The Jazz Cruise (which has just committed to … [read more]



JazzApril, just around the corner

Mar 1st, 2014 | By
JazzApril 2014

The JJA’s spring campaign, JazzApril, has begun — a project which encourages grassroots jazz fans to take action during Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating April 30 in International Jazz Day, to do something new and unusual to promote their local scenes.

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014, which takes its theme from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, will be ushered in by concerts by … [read more]



Final Bars: 2013 jazz life conclusions

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Compiled from sources including local newspapers, Deadrockstars.com, the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt newsletter, AllAboutJazz.com, Wikipedia, the New York Times, Legacy.com, Rolling Stone, Variety,
JazzTimes.com, listserves, Facebook pages and European publications.

ESPECIALLY NOTABLE: SATHIMA BEA BENJAMIN, GEORGE BUCK, DONALD BYRD, OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES, GEORGE DUKE, HERB GELLER, EYDIE GORME, GEORGE GRUNTZ, JIM HALL, CHICO HAMILTON, RONALD SHANNON JACKSON, YUSEF LATEEF, MARIAN MCPARTLAND, MULGREW MILLER, ALBERT MURRAY, BUTCH … [read more]



A Gary Giddins interview

Jul 16th, 2013 | By
The Jazz Journalists Association is a success ""because most of us respect each other."


2013 Jazz Awards: Music winners announced

May 1st, 2013 | By

Wayne Shorter took triple honors among winners of the 17th annual JJA Jazz Awards for musical achievement, announced online today, while plans were laid for winners of Awards for accomplishments in jazz journalism to be announced at the annual Jazz Awards gala — being celebrated as the
 25th birthday of the Jazz Journalists Association — on June 19 from 4 to 6 pm at … [read more]