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Early January: Jazzers convene in NYC, Louisville

Dec 10th, 2011 | By

JazzTimes magazine and the Jazz Journalists Association have both scheduled mini-conferences for jazz industries professionals — musicians, presenters and media creators included — at or around the annual convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, January 5 through 8 in at the Hilton New York. Both the JazzTimes DIY one-day crash course, on Jan. 5, and the JJA’s five sessions [read more]



JazzDIY debuts, Cadence returns to action

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Unusual news of new and renewed platforms for news and information about jazz:

  • JazzDIY, an “online trade journal for jazz musicians” is launched —
  • Cadence, the 35-year-old magazine of improvised music, gets new life under new management.

Scott Menhinick,  former freelance journalist and since then independent publicist as Improvised Communications and small staff including his wife are intent on doing … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards, 15th annual, a smash

Jun 12th, 2011 | By
2011 JJA Jazz Awards

The 15th annual JJA Jazz Awards celebrations were held yesterday (Sat., June 11), major winners including Sonny Rollins, Joe Lovano, Blue Note Records, Mosaic Records and Ambrose Akinmusire announced at a gala at City Winery, NYC with satellite parties in Arcata and Berkeley CA,  Boston , Chicago, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Tallahassee,  and Washington DC. Some 250 jazz journalists, musicians, record … [read more]



JJA at the table

May 8th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association and its eyeJAZZ video news training project were in the spotlight during last week’s meeting of grantees of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s JazzNEXT initiative, which funds eyeJAZZ and other projects that “incorporate technology in substantive and innovative approaches to audience development, communications, distribution, marketing and the building of support networks.”

Howard Mandel, president of the JJA, … [read more]



2011 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees Announced; Voting Begins

Apr 27th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced more than 200 finalist nominees in 39 categories of excellence in music creation and music journalism from which winners will be chosen for the JJA’s 15th annual JJA Jazz Awards.
The winners in each category will chosen by the votes of the professional journalist members of the JJA, the non-profit professional organization of jazz writers, broadcasters, photographers … [read more]



eyeJAZZ training begins – “official” trainees announced

Mar 21st, 2011 | By

The JJA’s eyeJAZZ Training program held its first online webinar on March 17, welcoming 33 “official” trainees and countless more participants to a series of interactive sessions about video shooting, editing, distribution and journalistic issues related to the production of brief, news, lo-tech but  strong concept videos for public consumption.

The two-hour webinar, in which instructors Bret Primack, Floyd Webb, … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards: 2011 date announced, nominations now underway

Mar 11th, 2011 | By

Mark your calendars! The Jazz Journalists Association has announced a date for its 2011 Jazz Awards gala gathering: Saturday, June 11, again at City Winery, 155 Varick Street in Manhattan.

The gala will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., an hour longer than the JJA’s previous awards events, to allow more time for presentations of the honors … [read more]



“Ain’t But a Few”: Willard Jenkins answers his own questions

Feb 10th, 2011 | By

Editor’s Note: Willard Jenkins is a journalist, arts consultant and presenter, co-author of African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, and instigating co-founder and former vice president of the JJA. As keeper of the blog The Independent Ear, Jenkins has instituted a series called “Ain’t But a Few of Us,” in which he poses questions to an array … [read more]



The New Feature: Long-Form Journalism Now

Jan 17th, 2011 | By

New York, January 13, 2011 — On Saturday, January 8, members of the JJA as well as interested musicians and industry representatives slowly kept trickling shortly after what was supposed to be an 11:00 a.m. start time for a discussion on the prospects for long-form journalism. (The tardiness possibly because of too much fun at the previous night’s Winter Jazzfest.)… [read more]



APAP Jazz Forum report

Jan 13th, 2011 | By

At a public forum on jazz organized to conclude the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 2011 conference, the focus was as always on the challenges of promoting, perpetuating and profiting from the diverse activities associated with jazz. Ably moderated by Dr. Lawrence Simpson, senior vice-president for academic affairs and provost of Berklee College of Music, the forum started with formal … [read more]