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Town Hall: The State of Jazz Journalism and Future Prospects

Jan 10th, 2011 | By

New York, January 10, 2011 — JJA President Howard Mandel grabbed the blue-padded chairs in Conference Room C at Manhattan’s midtown Sheraton Hotel and started rearranging them into two concentric circles, urging others to do the same. Mandel wanted the JJA’s January 8 town hall meeting, “The State of Jazz Journalism Now,” to be more of a democratic discussion than … [read more]



Apply now to eyeJAZZ Training Program

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

Applications to the eyeJAZZ Training Program are now being accepted. Successful applicants will receive a free pocket video camera* and instruction in basic video production and editing and in jazz journalism and storytelling.

eyeJAZZ.tv is the video project of the Jazz Journalists Association, funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its JazzNEXT program. The aim of the eyeJAZZ training … [read more]



JJA conference schedule, registration available

Dec 17th, 2010 | By

The schedule for “New Media for New Jazz,” the JJA’s second annual conference in New York City, being held from January 7 through 11, has taken shape, and registration is now open. As previously reported,  the conference will include a series of panel discussions, town hall meetings, workshops to be held at the Sheraton NY, and a Friday afternoon cocktail … [read more]



JJA members’ 2010 ‘Best of’ lists

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

It’s a tradition:  Jazz journalists hang their favorite recordings out for all to see as kids hang up Christmas stockings. Kids, if they’ve been good, get good stuff.  Jazz journalists, hoping for the best, search for musical nuggets to light up their ears–and yours.  The JJA 10- best lists now being posted by professional members of the Jazz Journalists Association, a … [read more]



eyeJAZZ: JJA video project update

Nov 19th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalist Association’s jazz video project, now named eyeJAZZ,  has enlisted “JazzVideoGuy” Bret Primack and  noted Chicago videographer Floyd Webb as trainers and project  organizers. Primack and Webb are working with JJA President Howard Mandel and JJA online media adviser JoAnn Kawell to plan the curriculum and the application process that will be used to fill the thirty slots in … [read more]



CareFusion ends jazz fest sponsorships

Nov 4th, 2010 | By

CareFusion, a global firm selling equipment and services to hospitals, announced the end of its two-year jazz-marketing campaign today, pulling sponsorship from George Wein’s Newport Jazz festival and New York Jazz Festival, and the Chicago Jazz Festival, which is produced by the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

As reported on JJA president Howard Mandel’s blog, CareFusion also … [read more]



JJA awarded Jazz.NEXT grant for guerrilla video project

Oct 30th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has been awarded a Jazz.NEXT grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, for support of hands-on training and implementation of  basic video skills including equipping successful program applicants with a pocket video camera and exploring new means of video distribution.

“The idea is that jazz journalists … [read more]



Best of 2010, Part 2: The Panel Weighs In!

Oct 15th, 2010 | By

New York, October 15 — The second New York “Jazz Matters” meeting of fall 2010, a listening session with four critics blindfold-testing each other on “Best Jazz of the Year — so far,” was again a success, following up round one of the discussion which took place on September 15. The JJA is still encouraging JJA members in other cities

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JJA Member Directories Now Online

Sep 24th, 2010 | By

Searchable directories of Jazz Journalists Association member profiles are now online at JJA News.
Check the Professional Member Directory if you’re looking for a writer, photographer, video, audio or web producer to contribute to your jazz journalism project.  Take a look at the Industry Associate Directory for profiles of the publishers, publicists,  and presenters, as well as jazz musicians and educators, … [read more]



Panel, Round Two: Best Jazz of 2010 (So Far)!

Sep 19th, 2010 | By

Following up our successful and rewarding September 15 Jazz Matters panel discussion, we’re convening another group of critics to take stock of the finest jazz releases of the year to this point!

We’ll be gathering for an informal jukebox jury and panel discussion on Thursday, October 14, 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music performance space, 5th … [read more]