My friendship with Paul Blair, who died on December 6, began in the early 1980s when we were both living and working in the Washington, D.C., area. Paul was a broadcaster with the Voice of America (VOA), in which capacity he taped hundreds of interviews of jazz, blues, and pop musicians, catching them between sets at clubs or in their hotel … [read more]
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]
The non-profit New York Policy Forum turns to JJA member and WBGO program host Sheila Anderson Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club artistic director Todd Barkan, drummer T.S. Monk and pianist Helen Sung for a discussion of “Jazz and Democracy in America” on Tuesday, Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 6 pm — with cocktails afterwards. The discussion, to be … [read more]
The 43-year WABC (NYC) television Sunday public affairs program Like It Is broadcast its last on October 16, 2011, three months after producer and host Gil Noble, the 79-year-old jazz fan, pianist and board member of the Jazz Foundation of America, suffered a debilitating stroke. Newly-joined JJA member Angelika Beener writes in her blog Alternate Takes: Broadening the Jazz Perspective that … [read more]
Although Montenegro reemerged on the world’s map only a few years ago, its jazz community has quickly found an adequate organizational structure: the Jazz Art Association, founded by Maja Popovic in the capital city of Podgorica in 2009.
Already in that year, the ever persuasive Maja asked American bassist Patrick O’Leary to compose The Montenegro Jazz Suite, made up … [read more]
More on the JazzBoston/JJA Media Meet and Greet is published in the October edition of the JazzBoston newsletter. Included is this list of attendees —
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Among the musicians, writers, bloggers, broadcasters, video producers, web designers, and photographers at this special event: Tom Lucci, WICN Public Radio, 90.5 FM; Michael Quinlin, MassJazz; Charles McEnemey, Future of Music Coalition; Steve Schwartz, WGBH 89.7
Here are the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association. We never sleep!
Angelika Beener is pleased to be a new member of The Jazz Journalists Association. This month, Angelika interviews producer, DJ, and one third of the iconic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, for … [read more]
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]