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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]



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

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

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

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

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

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]



Jazz Journalists Association Honors Its Own

Jun 19th, 2015 | By

Neil Tesser, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, and New York CIty Jazz Hero Kim Clarke, at the Blue Note JJA Jazz party June 16, 2015

Neil Tesser, the Chicago-based jazz journalist, broadcaster, author, educator, former chair of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and current board member of the Jazz Journalists Association  was … [read more]



2015 JJA Jazz Awards Honor Musical Excellence

May 15th, 2015 | By

NEW YORK – The Jazz Journalists Association has announced winners of its 2015 JJA Jazz Awards for musical excellence in calendar year 2014 , and released details about its annual public Jazz Awards party, at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W. 3rd St., NYC, on June 16, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at http://members.jazzjournalists.org/event-1939958.

The … [read more]



Jazz Heroes of 2015: 24 honored in 22 cities

Apr 1st, 2015 | By

Two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — activists of positive influence on their musical communities — have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association, in collaborations with community groups in 22 U.S. cities launching JazzApril 2015, a media campaign celebrating local activities during Jazz Appreciation Month leading to International Jazz Day.

The Jazz Heroes — who the JJA used to call its “A Team” — are … [read more]



2015 Jazz Awards finalist voting begins

Mar 30th, 2015 | By

April 16 2015 — The Jazz Journalists Association has launched voting for winners in 39 categories of excellence in music and music media in  its 19th annual JJA Jazz Awards.   Finalist nominees are being voted on by the professional journalist members of the JJA, with musician-winners to be announced May 15 and winners for media accomplishments to be announced at the JJA’s annual New York City … [read more]