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Backstage with George Wein at Saratoga

Jun 30th, 2011 | By

Veteran jazz producer and festival founder George Wein was honored at the 34th Annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York recently.He received a bronze star in SPAC’s Walk of Fame. eyeJAZZ.tv producer Susan Brink caught him backstage, where he talked about receiving awards, what he’s doing now as well as his hopes for the … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards 2011 as eyeJAZZ short form video

Jun 30th, 2011 | By

Highlights of the JJA Jazz Awards are captured as a short form eyeJAZZ video by Lindalee Lawrence, an eyeJAZZ trainee. She shows JJA vp Yvonne Ervin and volunteers at the entrance to City Winery, the Hammer Klavier Trio in soundcheck, sponsor Jan Matthies commenting on the trio’s video nomination, Gregory Porter singing and explaining his work, Joe Lovano accepting his … [read more]



JazzWeek Radio Summit Moves to Detroit for 2012

Jun 22nd, 2011 | By

The JazzWeek Summit, which has spent eight of its nine years in Rochester, New York, will move to Detroit in the summer of 2012. Having occurred annually during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival since 2002 (with one exception: in 2005 the Summit relocated to Syracuse), the jazz radio-centric conference will next take place in advance of the 33rd Detroit … [read more]



eyeJAZZ video: George Wein’s star embedded at Saratoga

Jun 14th, 2011 | By

eyeJAZZ video by R.J. DeLuke

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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 Member Updates: June 2011

Jun 6th, 2011 | By

Here are the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association. We never sleep!


Bridget Arnwine has taken on a new role with examiner.com. In addition to her responsibilities as the DC Jazz Music Examiner she will also serve as the National Jazz Artist Examiner. She is scheduled to interview several … [read more]



Future of jazz journalism, too?

May 29th, 2011 | By

According to Chloe Veltman, the Knight Journalism Fellows journalists speechifying at Stanford University believe the future of journalism is a form of social justice, engaging non-journalist citizens in telling “stories about individuals or groups who they feel often under-represented in the mainstream media.” Does that represent the basis of jazz journalism, almost from its start?

Aren’t “jazz journalists” mostly listeners, trained … [read more]



Parliamentary Jazz Awards: John Fordham, critic of the year

May 25th, 2011 | By

Congratulations to John Fordham, writer for The Guardian (UK), named Jazz Journalists of the Year by the Parliamentary jazz Awards. A 30-year veteran of the profession, Fordham comments on a broad range of music and has published several books, most recent of which is Jazz Heroes.

His citation notes his “finely honed critiques and observations,” continuing to say he has … [read more]



Randy Weston to headline June 11 JJA Jazz Awards

May 19th, 2011 | By

Pianist Randy Weston headlines the artist lineup and tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards gala, to be held on Saturday, June 11, from 1 pm to 5 pm EDT at City Winery in New York City.
Performers besides Weston include trumpeter Wallace Roney’s sextet, Canadian flutist/soprano saxophonistJane Bunnett in duet with Cuban-born pianist Hilario [read more]



ASCAP seeks Deems Taylor Award submissions

May 16th, 2011 | By

Submissions are sought  for the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for non-fiction prose about music and/or its creators, published in English in the United States in calendar year 2010. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011.

Biographical, critical, reportorial or historical works, reprints or translations of works that were previously published outside the United States now being published in the … [read more]