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Graph shows music sales decline

Feb 18th, 2011 | By

A chart graphing year-end shipment statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from 1973 until 2009, prepared and issued by Bain, reveals the dramatic growth and decline of sales of recordings in all commercial formats from 1973 to 2009. According to the graph, LPs/EPs and 8-track tapes at the start of the era analyzed were responsible for approximately $2.5 … [read more]



Name Change: AAJ-NY to become The New York City Jazz Record

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

All About Jazz-New York, billed as “the city’s only homegrown jazz gazette,” will be changing its name to The New York City Jazz Record. The change becomes effective with the publication’s March 2011 issue, according to a press release issued by Managing Editor Laurence Donohue-Greene and Production Manager Andrey Henkin.

All About Jazz-New York, a free monthly … [read more]



Cuadernos de Jazz quits print for online only

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By

Cuadernos de Jazz, the 20-year-old, six-issues-annually, Madrid-based music magazine, has given up print and announced that its remaining staff — “young, fresh blood,” according to outgoing editor Chema García Martínez — will sustain the publication online.

With articles in its final issue about the Spanish trio TríEZ, Vijay Iyer, John Hollenbeck (whose Claudia Quartet performed at the San Sebastian … [read more]



JEN Conference: A Report from the Crescent City

Jan 31st, 2011 | By
Congo Square Mardi Gras Indians, during performance with Donald Harrison, Jr. Photo by Jim Eigo.

Congo Square Mardi Gras Indians (Gerald French in orange, Shaka Zulu in green), during performance with Donald Harrison, Jr. Photo by Jim Eigo.

Risen from the ashes of IAJE under the auspices and hard work of Dr. Lou Fischer and Mary Jo Papich and their loyal board in St. Louis, the Jazz Education Network held its second conference in New … [read more]



Panama Jazz Festival 2011: Thoughts on jazz, journalism and national culture

Jan 26th, 2011 | By
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Panama is not known for its jazz scene, and currently there isn’t really a conversation about jazz in the small Central American nation. But Danilo Pérez, through his stewardship of the Panama Jazz Festival and the Danilo Pérez Foundation, is beginning to impact and slowly change this reality by attracting world-class talent and institutionalizing community-oriented music projects.

As a journalist … [read more]



Journalists, Musicians, Presenters: Rights

Jan 26th, 2011 | By

At the Jazz Journalists Association’s “New Media for New Jazz” conference, two town hall-style forums focused on how jazz journalists and presenters and musicians can work together for the good of all, and especially for the good of the music.   Part of the impetus for this discussion was the JJA’s new video project, eyeJAZZ (www.eyejazz.tv) in which journalists will be … [read more]



Jazz, Race, Politics: Randy Sandke Replies to Howard Mandel

Jan 25th, 2011 | By
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[Editor’s note: This piece is in reply to Howard Mandel’s book review, posted December 20, 2010.]

Let’s start with what my book is about. It recounts how several jazz writers from the late 1930s (the dawn of jazz writing) to the present day have attempted to impose extra-musical agendas on the music. The book meticulously documents the many … [read more]



Q&A with Larry Appelbaum: The Library of Congress/UMG “Mile of Music”

Jan 21st, 2011 | By

On January 10, 2011, the Library of Congress announced its acquisition of a trove of recorded music from the vaults of Universal Music Group (UMG), spanning the years 1926-1948. The New York Times recently ran a story by Larry Rohter on the acquisition.

What is the true significance of this “mile of music”? We asked the JJA’s Larry Appelbaum, jazz … [read more]



eyeJAZZ Training Program Explained

Jan 18th, 2011 | By

“Jazz Video Guy” Bret Primack, an eyeJAZZ instructor, explains the eyeJAZZ Training Program in this video, made with the same pocket camera that will be used in the program. Here’s how YOU can apply. Applications accepted until February 15.

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Opportunities for journalists

Jan 15th, 2011 | By

The Best Music Writing series editor has called for submissions for its 2011 edition, to be guest edited by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, and the Nieman Fellowship applications deadline is January 31 for journalists who want to spend a year in financially-supported study at Harvard.

Daphne Carr, whose annual anthology of music writing has been published by Da … [read more]