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Sharing jazz across oceans, JJA style

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

The jazz diaspora is distributed throughout this planet, but what jazz lovers seldom do is make connections beyond their own scene or country. As a member of the JJA living in Auckland,

John Fenton, photog-writer

New Zealand, I find these interconnections with the wider jazz world to be of vital importance.

During a recent JJA Awards discussion on Facebook, I connected by … [read more]



Jazz funeral protests WGBH’s cuts to Boston jazz radio

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

By the looks of it, about 500 Boston jazz radio listeners gathered in front of the offices of WGBH yesterday (July 6) to raise appropriate noise about grievious wounds the station is instituting by cutting back the hours of jazz broadcasts. Video below thanks to Tom Hall, saxophonist and educator at Brandeis University.

(Update: a 45-minute video with people talking … [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]


Season of magazine polls: Down Beat seconds JJA’s winners

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

In the wake of the JJA Jazz Awards, both DownBeat and Jazz Inside magazine announced winners of their own polls of contributors, pointing to excellence in music-making.

Vijay Iyer, center, accepts JJA 2012 Jazz Award for Pianist of the Year; photo by Fran Kaufman

The DownBeat Critics Poll winners, announced online and to be published in the magazine’s August issue, … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards decentralized, with parties, heroes everywhere

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By
[I]f the most celebrated commercial entities of jazz are shaken by developments of the digital revolution, the music is so deeply and widely rooted as to be indestructible.


JJA online training sessions start July 18

Jun 20th, 2012 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association will present”Introducing Jazz Journalism Now,” the first of a monthly series of webinars, on Wednesday July 18 starting at 8pm Eastern Time. The series of interactive online sessions will focus on practical, professional issues for writers, photographers, broadcasters, new media professionals, as well as readers, listeners, presenters, publicists and musicians interested in platforms for information … [read more]



2012 JJA Jazz Awards in Full June Swing – Parties from New York to New Zealand & In-Between

May 28th, 2012 | By

The 16th annual JJA Jazz Awards are being celebrated June 18 to 24 with a dozen parties in cities internationally

— Auckland New Zealand, Ottawa and in the U.S. from Boston to Tucson,  Gainesville and Tallahassee to San Francisco and L.A., besides Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Schenectady and New York, New York (to which reservations should be made now). The JJA’s … [read more]



2012 JJA Jazz Awards Winners to be announced at New York City gala June 20

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

A who’s who of the jazz world will be on hand Wednesday afternoon June 20 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City as

JJA Jazz Awards -- the "Jazzys"?

the Jazz Journalists Association announces the winners of 2012 JJA Jazz Awards in 40 categories of excellence in jazz music and journalism.

Nominees in 38 categories were chosen … [read more]



Congrats in Order — Fellowships for Musicians and Colleagues —

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

Half a dozen jazz musicians and a jazz biographer have been honored in the past two weeks with fellowships carrying significant financial gifts. Don Byron, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck. Vijay Iyer and Nicole Mitchell have been named to the first class of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation artists, while drummer-composer Bobby Previte and Terry Teachout, biographer of Louis Armstrong currently working … [read more]



Jazz Day 2012: JJA Jazz Awards Nominations Announced, Blogathon Begins

Apr 13th, 2012 | By
Happy Jazz Day! Nominations for the 2012 JJA Jazz Awards are out and the JJA Blogathon has begun profiling jazz in communities around the world.