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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]


Jazz and Democracy in America panel, NYC

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The non-profit New York Policy Forum turns to JJA member  and WBGO program host Sheila Anderson Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club artistic director Todd Barkan, drummer T.S. Monk and pianist Helen Sung for a discussion of  “Jazz and Democracy in America” on Tuesday, Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 6 pm — with cocktails afterwards. The discussion, to be … [read more]



Gil Noble: Jazz, Journalism, Lessons and Legacy

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

The 43-year WABC (NYC) television Sunday public affairs program Like It Is broadcast its last on October 16, 2011, three months after producer and host Gil Noble, the 79-year-old jazz fan, pianist and board member of the Jazz Foundation of America, suffered a debilitating stroke. Newly-joined JJA member Angelika Beener writes in her blog Alternate Takes: Broadening the Jazz Perspective that … [read more]



Jazz Appreciation Month 2011 in Montenegro

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

Although Montenegro reemerged on the world’s map only a few years ago, its jazz community has quickly found an adequate organizational structure: the Jazz Art Association, founded by Maja Popovic in the capital city of Podgorica in 2009.

Already in that year, the ever persuasive Maja asked American bassist Patrick O’Leary to compose The Montenegro Jazz Suite, made up … [read more]



JazzBoston/JJA Media Meet and Greet

Nov 7th, 2011 | By

More on the JazzBoston/JJA Media Meet and Greet is published in the October edition of the JazzBoston newsletter. Included is this list of attendees —

Among the musicians, writers, bloggers, broadcasters, video producers, web designers, and photographers at this special event: Tom Lucci, WICN Public Radio, 90.5 FM; Michael Quinlin, MassJazz; Charles McEnemey, Future of Music Coalition; Steve Schwartz, WGBH 89.7

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JJA Members Updates: November 2011

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By

Here are the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association. We never sleep!

Angelika Beener is pleased to be a new member of The Jazz Journalists Association.  This month, Angelika interviews producer, DJ, and one third of the iconic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, for … [read more]



JazzDIY.com launches as “trade journal for jazz”

Oct 26th, 2011 | By
"Our plan is to share information, put it out there, give music people feedback about whether the ways they're running their businesses are effective or not." -- Scott Menhinick, JazzDIY.com