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JJA at 2017 Jazz Connect Conference, WinterJazz Fest

Dec 12th, 2016 | By

“Basics of Jazz Journalism” is the title of the JJA’s panel discussion/workshop at the fifth annual Jazz Connect conference, to be held from 2 pm to 3 pm, Thursday, January 5, 2017, in the York Theatre (Lower Level II) of St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th St.) in New York City.

On the  panel/workshop, JJA members Laurence Donohue-Greene[read more]



2016 Jazz Awards winners for music: Threadgill, Schneider, Washington

May 15th, 2016 | By
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Henry Threadgill is recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award — composer-orchestra leader Maria Schneider wins Musician of the Year and four other Awards, including Best Album of 2015 for The Thompson Fields – and saxophonist Kamasi Washington is hailed as Up and Coming Musician of the Year, by voting members of the JJA in the organization’s 20th … [read more]



JJA Media Party at Blue Note, NYC — June 15 2016!

Apr 24th, 2016 | By
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Rio Sakairi, Jazz Gallery artistic director and JJA NYC Jazz Hero

Winners of the 2016 Jazz Awards for journalism will be announced and presented, along with the Jazz Hero Award for New York City’s Rio Sakairi and performances by drummer Herlin Riley’s Quintet, singer René Marie and her trio, and pianist John Beasley — fresh from music directing the International Jazz … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards nominees named, voting begun

Apr 23rd, 2016 | By
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Bucky Pizzarelli, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson and Henry Threadgill  have been nominated for the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, and Ted Gioia, Ted Panken and Will Friedwald for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, topping the ballot for the 20th annual Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Ted Gioia

Voting on these finalists by the JJA’s … [read more]



2016 JJA Jazz Awards season is underway

Mar 18th, 2016 | By
The Jazz Journalists Association has begun the process of selecting winners of its 2016 Jazz Awards for achievements in music and journalism, as well as naming and celebrating 2016 Jazz Heroes honored for “aiding and abetting jazz” in 25 U.S. communities.

The Awards process involves two stages of voting. First, the JJA’s professional members are called upon to make up … [read more]



Jazz in Mainstream Media: Focus on “mainstream”

Jan 15th, 2016 | By
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Based on reporting by David Adler, the take-away from the JJA’s session on “Jazz in the Mainstream Media,” moderated by JJA board member Jennifer Odell at the Jazz Connect conference on January 14, was “Emphasis: Mainstream.”

Moderator Jennifer Odell, photo by Susan Brink

from left: John Murph, Natalie Weiner, Anastasia Tsioulcas, Will Friedwald; photo by Susan Brink

Panelists Will Friedwald (the … [read more]



First-time new member dues discount! Good ’til 1/24

Dec 19th, 2015 | By
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JJA Jazz Awards party, photo by Fran Kaufman

The JJA has announced a discount for first-time new membership in the JJA — $15 off regular first year dues of $90 for journos) and $100 for supporters joining before Jan. 24, 2016.  To join use promo code CONNECT16. This discount does not apply to renewals — a discount for renewals was offered … [read more]



JJA @ Jazz Connect conference Jan 14 – 15 2016

Dec 14th, 2015 | By
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UPDATE! Jennifer Odell, New Orleans-based JJA board member, to moderate panel and chair membership meeting (now scheduled for 12:30 pm Friday, open to all) as Howard Mandel cancels attendance due to ankle injury.

A panel on Jazz in Mainstream Media and an open-to-all membership meeting and a reception at a New York City jazz club are the JJA’s activities at … [read more]



JJA picnic @ Chicago jazz fest

Sep 7th, 2015 | By
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Pritzker Pavillion grass, site of JJA/HotHouse potluck picnic

Four editors from DownBeat, a Jazz Education Network board member and an international crew of media-savvy writers, photographers and broadcasters attended the JJA’s potluck picnic at the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Fest Sunday, Aug. 6, knoshing on donuts, bagels and cream cheese under a blazing noon sun.

While sound checks for Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band, … [read more]



Video: 2015 JJA Jazz Awards party at Blue Note

Aug 17th, 2015 | By
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The JJA’s Youtube published video of the 2015 Jazz Awards party in New York City held June 16,

Randy Weston, 2015 JJA Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree. Photo by Enid Farber

features a performance and talk by Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree Randy Weston, excerpts of music by Fula Flute, Antoinette Montague with Danny Mixon, the Mimi Jones Quintet, and journalists, … [read more]