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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]



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]