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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 29 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, detailed the JJA’s history in 2013. 

The seeds of the Jazz … [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]



JazzApril launched: JJA media campaign for broad jazz coverage

Mar 6th, 2013 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has launched JazzApril, a pro bono multi-platform media campaign to foment media attention to jazz, the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Appreciation Month initiative and its culmination, International Jazz Day (April 30, with major events being produced globally by UNESCO through good services of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz).

In hopes of facilitating local coverage by local media … [read more]



Are digital downloads good/better/useless for reviewing?

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

The JJA’s March 12 online panel discussion took on a current, thorny recording industry issue:

Jason Kao Hwang, Joyce Feienbaum, Robert Bortash

Are digital downloads acceptable for review? Writers, editors, radio show hosts and program directors, record label publicists and self-producing musicians are all facing the questions of advantages and disadvantages regarding physical, financial, file formats and delivery of promo copies to the … [read more]



Got a tough subject? JJA interviewers’ tips on breaking the ice

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

The JJA’s second season of online webinars begins Tuesday, February 19, at 8 pm EST, with writer Geoffrey Himes, a winner of the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism, and Los Angeles-based radio-show host Eddie Becton among the panelists discussing “How to Interview Tough

Geoffrey Himes

Eddie Becton

Subjects.” The webinar is free, and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance (to do so, go [read more]



Focus on blogging: Workshops, webinars archived online

Dec 9th, 2012 | By

Four months of the JJA online training programs — including four information-packed workshops on blogs, from start to profit and five webinar panel discussions with jazz journalism veterans and newcomers talking about blogs, writing biographies, covering jazz festivals and jazz journalism now — have been archived online.

All archived programs are accessible to JJA members for free. The panel discussions, … [read more]



Jazz World News: December 2012

Dec 8th, 2012 | By
The JJA's ongoing jazz news aggregation, edited by Jared Negley