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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]



Early reports from JJA@APAP, JEN

Jan 9th, 2011 | By
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The JJA’s “New Media for New Jazz” conference got off to a quick and productive start on Friday and Saturday with a well-attended panel introducing eyeJAZZ.tv, a lively cocktail party, interesting session on “The New Feature: Long Form Journalism Now” and a very well attended, lively and engaging discussion of the “State of Jazz Journalism Now and Immediate Prospects.” Further … [read more]



New #jazzlinks hashtag effort at WBGO-FM

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Hello fellow jazz writers,

I am writing to share some good news! WBGO, 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey, has recently created a new staff position, Digital Content Editor, which I have been hired to fill. Part of my new job description is to develop services at the WBGO website that can serve our listeners and jazz fans across the world. One of the … [read more]



Deaths in 2010

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

[This list has been updated.]

JOHN NORRIS, BILL DIXON, JOHN DANKWORTH, HERB ELLIS, MIKE ZWERIN, GENE LEES, LENA HORNE, HANK JONES, FRED ANDERSON, BENNY POWELL, WILLEM BREUKER, MITCH MILLER, ABBEY LINCOLN, HERMAN LEONARD, BUDDY COLLETTE, MARION BROWN, MONTY SUNSHINE, TRUDY PITTS, JAMES MOODY, JACK TOWERS, BILLY TAYLOR

Trumpeters Harry Beckett, John Evers, … [read more]



Dr. Billy Taylor: pianist, jazz journalist

Dec 30th, 2010 | By
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As arts correspondent for Charles Kuralt’s CBS Sunday Morning, musical director of the David Frost Show, and broadcaster on WNEW and WLIB radio among others, Dr. Billy Taylor made invaluable contributions to jazz journalism, even in the midst of his storied career as a jazz pianist.

Tributes to the late Dr. Taylor are rolling in across the web – Marc … [read more]



“The Cry of Jazz” named by National Film Registry

Dec 29th, 2010 | By
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Ed Bland’s “The Cry of Jazz,” a low-budget semi-documentary made in Chicago in 1958 with original music by Sun Ra performed by his Arkestra, is among the 25 films named this year to the National Film Registry, a catalog of movies to be preserved for the ages in a program run by the Library of Congress. There are now 550 … [read more]



Critics’ 2010 Roundtable at Nate Chinen’s The Gig

Dec 18th, 2010 | By

December 17 — Leading jazz critic Nate Chinen (The New York Times, JazzTimes) has convened four fellow critics for a lively and opinionated roundtable discussion at his blog The Gig. In addition to JJA member Chinen and JJA News editor David R. Adler, the roundtable features Chris Barton (Los Angeles Times), Jennifer Odell (Down [read more]



Congrats to Brother Tate

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

Greg Tate — author, cultural activist and guitarist/musical director of the celebratory free-funk band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber — has been named a USA Ford Fellow by United States Artists, one of 50 artists in eight disciplines to receive $50,000 each, no strings attached.

Other jazz-and/music/improv related recipients this year  include pianist-composer Uri Caine, new music accordionist  Guy Klucevsek, … [read more]



Horror for freelancers?

Dec 8th, 2010 | By

Concert and festival producer Absolutely Live Entertainment shocked some JJA members in an e-mail promoting its upcoming Wayne Shorter concert at Town Hall (NYC). “(T)his will be a “no comp” show, [so] we are offering our industry and musician friends an opportunity to purchase tickets directly through our office,” the message read, seeming to remove what freelance writers and photographers … [read more]