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Winners of 21st annual JJA Jazz Awards announced

May 15th, 2017 | By

McCoy Tyner, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz honoree of 2017 JJA Jazz Awards

Pianists reign as winners of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 21st annual Jazz Awards — see winners in 41 categories of excellence in music and music journalism at www.JJAJazzAwards.org. The JJA’s voting members have celebrated 78-year old McCoy Tyner for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, 13-year-old Joey Alexander as Up and Coming … [read more]



26 Jazz Heroes in 20 U.S. locales announced, with parties

Apr 21st, 2017 | By

More than two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — Americans exerting unusual positive musical influence on their communities, and not only by being musicians – have been named  be celebrated in 20 U.S. locales throughout April, Jazz Appreciation Month 2017,  the Jazz Journalists Association announces in collaboration with jazz community grassroots groups, institutions and supporters nationwide.

The complete list of Heroes, with photos, bios and … [read more]



21st annual JJA Jazz Awards nominations announced

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced nominees for its 2017 JJA Jazz Awards, the 21st annual celebration of excellence in music and music journalism. Henry Threadgill, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music and the JJA’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, tops the ballot with seven nominations, followed by tenor saxophonist-bandleader Charles Lloyd and pianist-trio leader Fred Hersch, [read more]



Nat Hentoff memorialized

Feb 26th, 2017 | By
The Nat Hentoff Memorial at St. Peter’s Church Friday, Feb 24, attested to the many facets of the civil libertarian and tireless jazz advocate, 1925-2017. He was a giant, and beyond category, to invoke the Ellington expression Hentoff applied to anyone he deemed deserving of it, and there weren’t many. He certainly lived up to the pronouncement himself — perhaps unique … [read more]


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

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

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

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

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]