Jazz-related composers David Fiuczynski, Fred Ho, Earl M. Howard and Randy Weston have been named Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in a program recognizing “impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishments,” according to information released by the Foundation on April 8. A complete list of 219 fellows is posted on the Foundation’s website, www.gf.org.… [read more]
This year, for the first time, an award for Shortform Online Video of the Year will be among the Jazz Journalist Association’s annual awards for excellence in jazz musicianship and journalism. The ten videos below have been selected as first-round nominees in this category; JJA Professional Journalist members are voting now to choose three videos that will advance into the … [read more]
Thirty-one photographs which provide wonderful, beautiful, at times amusing and typically insider depictions of jazz in 2011 have been selected in the first round of the process that will lead to the declaration of the Jazz Journalist Association’s 2011 Jazz Photo of the Year. Professional Journalist members of the JJA are currently voting in the next stage of the awards process … [read more]
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has announced application details regarding its 2011 Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in coverage of music, an honors program launched in 1967.
Written works published in the U.S. in English during calendar year 2010, including program notes, recording liner notes and on-line publications can be submitted through June 1, 2011, for cash … [read more]
Avant-gardist to rockers, musicians have answered the disaster in Japan resulting from tsunami, earthquake and nuclear reactor failures by establishing fundraiser benefits and spirit-raising video projects. New York-based saxophonist/composer John Zorn, long fascinated with Japanese culture, has quickly organized all-star, genre-crossing concerts at Miller Theater on March 27, Abrons Arts Center on April 8, and the Japan Society on April … [read more]
The Newport Jazz Festival, along with the Newport Folk Festival, will from now on be produced under the rubric of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a new 501(c)(3) organization. George Wein and his staff will remain in place as the festival producers.
After being held in 2010 as the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport organization is returning to its … [read more]
New analysis of National Endowment for the Arts data on American participation in the arts, from Curt Hopkins of ReadWriteWeb, has been posted at NYTimes.com. The JJA invites further comment at our Discussion Forum.
“A new National Endowment of the Arts study has looked back into the data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Expanding the definition from … [read more]
National Medals of Arts and Humanities were conferred by Barack Obama on Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Jacques Barzun, Philip Roth and 16 other American luminaries — the President’s remarks are inspiring (the House of Representatives’ budget cuts support for Arts to the bone).… [read more]
I forgot what prompted me to send for a sample issue of Cadence, circa 1988, but once I did, I was hooked. Printed on plain stock paper, the magazine was filled with numerous reviews of CDs and videos. It included Bob Rusch’s blunt, sardonic columns about the music business, a detailed interview or two and until recent years, a … [read more]
Cadence magazine, a periodical edited and published by Bob Rusch of North Country Distributors in Redwood Landing, New York, since 1976, announced cessation of publication in a statement accompanying the Winter 2010 issue. The handbook-sized magazine put out “just under 400 editions,” according to Rusch, starting as a monthly and going quarterly in 2007. He imagined a forthcoming final edition … [read more]