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Average income, jazz musicians: $23,000?

Feb 17th, 2012 | By

According to partial, “first look” results of the Future of Music Coaltion’s Money from Music Survey, independent jazz musicians on average made approximately $23,000 in 2011. Jazz musicians who are members of the American Federation of Musicians had a mean income of $37,ooo. The survey included self-reported data from 800 musicians, almost entirely living in the United States.

Finances reported … [read more]



Katie Malloch retires! Listeners distraught!

Feb 10th, 2012 | By

Katie Malloch, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s devoted voice of jazz, is retiring after four decades of support for a scene that’s grown from a small, scattered underground to a nationwide festival circuit, the envy of the music world.

Host since 2007 of the CBC Radio 2 weekday jazz-soul-Latin-world music show “Tonic,” before that the long-running “Jazz Beat,” before that “That … [read more]



Is Jazz BAM, and BAM jazz? Payton panel ponders

Jan 29th, 2012 | By

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton calls what he does BAM, for black American music, avering that

from left: Orrin Evans, Gary Bartz, Nicholas Payton, Touré

negative connotations of the “j-word” does the music and the musicians no good. He gathered instrumentalists Gary Bartz, Marcus Strickland, Orrin Evans and Ben Wolfe to a panel in mid January moderated by writer Touré at Birdland … [read more]



Trombonist launches Philly jazz fest, Kickstarter-willing

Jan 27th, 2012 | By
"One day with a lot of great bands, mainly original music, a lot of personalities." -- Ernest Stuart


Appreciating the first African-American artists’ manager in jazz

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

Arnold Jay Smith blogs about the late John Levy, 1913 – 2012 — bassist, manager to jazz greats, NEA Jazz Master.… [read more]



Critique student jazz journalists’ articles, photos

Jan 21st, 2012 | By

High school students from the Germantown Central School District on New York State (about 20 miles northeast of Woodstock) had a go at jazz journalism in early December, when four of a class of

Joe Locke, photo by Jahn Jaeger

about 30 studying Digital Photography and Journalism took up the challenge to write about or post photos of a performance by the Joe Locke Trio … [read more]



Honor Roll of the 2011 Deceased

Jan 17th, 2012 | By
These jazz, blues and otherwise musical artists, journalists, industry leaders, educators

Violinist Billy Bang

and related personages died in 2011 — compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling. Sadly we have no comparable list of the jazz and blues greats born in 2011.
MARGARET WHITING, BRIAN RUST, MILTON BABBITT, GEORGE SHEARING, EDDIE KIRKLAND, JOE MORELLO, PINETOP PERKINS, BILLY … [read more]


Paul Blair, 1942 – 2011

Dec 15th, 2011 | By

My friendship with Paul Blair, who died on December 6, began in the early 1980s when we were both living and working in the Washington, D.C., area. Paul was a broadcaster with the Voice of America (VOA), in which capacity he taped hundreds of interviews of jazz, blues, and pop musicians, catching them between sets at clubs or in their hotel … [read more]



Anthology “Best Music Writing” goes indie

Dec 10th, 2011 | By
I’ve long regarded the annual publication of the Best Music Writing anthology as an Event: it’s an opportunity to revisit articles that knocked me out the first time around, and (even better) a chance to encounter strong work that somehow slipped under my radar. This year I was honored and startled to be included in the mix of Best Music [read more]


Paul Blair, writer, broadcaster, editor, guide — dies, 69

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

Paul Blair, 1942 - 2011

Sad news for jazzers and walkers, not only of New York City: writer, editor, broadcaster and tour guide Paul Blair died suddenly on December 6. He suffered a heart attack while sitting on a park bench, a month short of his 70th birthday.
Paul has been editor of Hot House jazz magazine since 2003; in 2001 … [read more]