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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veterans and newcomers talking about blogs, writing biographies, covering jazz festivals and jazz journalism now — have been archived online.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


Hands-on Blogging Workshops: free for JJA members, low-cost to others

Oct 21st, 2012 | By

Believing that web logs — “blogs” — and knowing how to use blog software have become requisites for anyone now using media professionally, the JJA introduces a series of four “how-to” workshops conducted by JJA media director JA Kawell, starting Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm EDT.

“Whether or not you have or are thinking about starting a blog,” wrote Howard [read more]



Philadelphia Jazz Coalition faces fans

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Approximately 150 Philadelphia jazz devotees gathered at the Clef Club on Tuesday, July 31, for an energized and mostly upbeat Town Hall meeting held by the nascent Philadelphia Jazz Coalition. The event, in which this author participated as a panelist along with 14 local music

Future of Philly jazz: Clef Club Youth Band

activists, was a show of the breadth … [read more]



Big turnout for Boston public meeting re jazz radio

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

A sometimes raucous gathering of 150 jazz-loving Bostonians filled a conference room at the

JazzBoston's Bob Young addresses public meeting

Boston Public Library on July 31 to discuss l’affaire ‘GBH, and what might be done to develop jazz radio in the coming days.

The nonprofit advocacy group JazzBoston convened the meeting to seek forward-looking solutions to the sudden absence … [read more]



Grass roots jazz scenes organizing in Boston, Philly

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

July 31 is the date of simultaneous though unconnected meetings of broad coalitions of activists from local jazz scenes in Boston and Philadelphia. Jazz Boston holds a public meeting, specifically focused on the future of Boston jazz radio, at the Boston Public Library from 6 to 8 pm., and Jazz Bridge holds a Town Hall Meeting for Jazz at the … [read more]



JJA World News: December 2012

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By
The JJA’s ongoing aggregation of jazz journalism, business and community news, edited by Jared Negley

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Jazz World News: Jan – August 2012… [read more]