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Musicians win Journalism Awards at JJA NYC party

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

Josh Jackson, Ethan Iverson, Yvonne Ervin
photo by Fran Kaufman

Pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, vibraphonist Gary Burton and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater were given top honors — along with veteran author, editor, educator and radio show host W. Royal Stokes, freelance writer Nate Chinen, Spanish photographer Antonio Porcar Cano and videographer John Moultrie — at the 18th … [read more]



2014 JJA Jazz Awards winners announced!

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

NEW YORK – The Jazz Journalists Association today announced winners of 2014 JJA Jazz Awards in 32 categories of musical achievement. Herbie Hancock — the man behind International Jazz Day (April 30) as UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialog and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – is being honored for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, … [read more]



2014 Jazz Heroes Announced — launching JazzApril

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

APRIL 1, NEW YORK CITY — Two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz — have been announced today by the Jazz Journalists Association in collaboration with grassroots organizations and supporters in 21 U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada. The announcement launches JazzApril, the JJA’s media campaign encouraging and enabling local jazz  activists to celebrate their … [read more]



JJA @ 2014 Jazz Connect Conference

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association was an active participant in  the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC,  January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City  2014. The conference, a major gathering of the professional jazz community organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition, fed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as … [read more]



Experts and Activists Take on Current Jazz Biz, Audience, Image, Media Issues

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
Talking Jazz logo "The panels convene top experts and activists of both jazz-specific and more general cultural arts fields, intending to engage professional practitioners of the musical and performing arts, grassroots supporters and the general public." . . .


JJA Jazz Media Meetup Reports

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
"Meetups, which encourage members and colleagues to network and talk about local jazz media, can be organized by any JJA member. They are usually casual convenings in local bars or cafes." . . .


Jazz Awards for Journalists + music, schmooze in NYC

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By

Willard Jenkins, original convener of the Jazz Journalists Association and an author, blogger, radio show host, festival curator,  freelance arts activist as well as this year’s Washington D.C. Jazz Hero,

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honorees
Amiri Baraka hugged by Willard Jenkins

received the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award at the  party at New York City’s Blue Note celebrating … [read more]



The Jazz Journalists Association: A 25-Year Retrospective

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Over the course of 25 years, the Jazz Journalists Association has developed from being a loose coalition of like-minded professional writers, photographers and broadcasters to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit with global outreach through its online programs and community-based initiatives. W. Royal Stokes, a founding member of the JJA, details the JJA’s history: 

The seeds of the Jazz Journalists Association … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards NYC Party, June 11 @ the Blue Note

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

The JJA Jazz Awards New York City party is on June 11, and tickets are available now to the general public (with discounts for JJA members and nominees; winners are invited free of charge but must make reservations). The JJA”s 18th annual such event, 3:30-5:30 p.m at the Blue Note Jazz Club (131 3rd St., NYC), is a cocktail party with hors … [read more]



JazzApril: Jazz Heroes and JJA Jazz Awards 2013 nominees announced

Apr 7th, 2013 | By

On April 1, the Jazz Journalists Association launched JazzApril — a  month long celebration of all things jazz — and the 2013 JJA Jazz Awards season by announcing this years Awards’ finalist nomineesalong with the names of this year’s JJA Jazz Heroes, cited for their exemplary work in keeping jazz alive and well in their communities.

2013 JJA Jazz Heroes

The final-round nominees in 37 categories … [read more]