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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]



Journal of Jazz Studies seeks volunteer translators

May 15th, 2011 | By

The Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS), the peer-reviewed, open-access journal published online by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking translations of jazz articles written in languages other than English, so as to introduce important jazz scholarship to the English-speaking world.

Articles from any country and any era are eligible but must … [read more]



NEA announces new “media arts” grants

May 10th, 2011 | By

The National Endowment of the Arts has announced a new “Arts in Media” grant program, with a September 1, 2011 deadline for applications for funds ranging between $10,000 and $200,000. Those monies are to go to projects that “support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts, e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, … [read more]



JJA at the table

May 8th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association and its eyeJAZZ video news training project were in the spotlight during last week’s meeting of grantees of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s JazzNEXT initiative, which funds eyeJAZZ and other projects that “incorporate technology in substantive and innovative approaches to audience development, communications, distribution, marketing and the building of support networks.”

Howard Mandel, president of the JJA, … [read more]



2011 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees Announced; Voting Begins

Apr 27th, 2011 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced more than 200 finalist nominees in 39 categories of excellence in music creation and music journalism from which winners will be chosen for the JJA’s 15th annual JJA Jazz Awards.
The winners in each category will chosen by the votes of the professional journalist members of the JJA, the non-profit professional organization of jazz writers, broadcasters, photographers … [read more]



Congrats to jazz Guggenheim fellows

Apr 8th, 2011 | By

Jazz-related composers David Fiuczynski, Fred Ho, Earl M. Howard and Randy Weston have been named Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in a program recognizing “impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishments,” according to information released by the Foundation on April 8. A complete list of 219 fellows is posted on the Foundation’s website, www.gf.org.… [read more]



Watch the Video-of-the-Year candidates

Apr 4th, 2011 | By

This year, for the first time, an award for Shortform Online Video of the Year will be among the Jazz Journalist Association’s annual awards for excellence in jazz musicianship and journalism. The ten videos below have been selected as first-round nominees in this category; JJA Professional Journalist members are voting now to choose three videos that will advance into the … [read more]