Antonio Hart, alto saxophonist and professor of Jazz Studies at Queens College City University of New York, spent part of his summer vacation touring China. According to Jason Lee, the JJA’s contact in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, who booked Hart’s gigs and has previously brought American jazz musicians there, “Antonio Hart’s tour in China so far been very … [read more]
The JJA’s eyeJAZZ initiative, funded in 2010 by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Association’s Jazz.NEXT project to train videographers in short-form news production c0ncerning local activities for posting on the web, has been denied permission by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to apply for a grant supporting its continuation and expansion. DDCF was the financial source for Jazz.NEXT, which has no other … [read more]
WHY IS EVERYTHING BETTER IN ITALIAN?
by Carol Sudhalter
In the early afternoon of Jan.20, 2011, my last full day of a five-week tour of Italy that had begun on Christmas 2010, I was sitting in the Milan Stazione Centrale, waiting for my 1:30 pm train to Rome. The ticket, a ‘promozione‘ offer that I had purchased … [read more]
None other than Sonny Rollins presides over the Performing Arts Alliance website, currently on the front-line of advocating against budget cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rollins — the 80-year-vital NEA Jazz Master, the JJA’s “Musician of the Year,” Down Beat poll … [read more]
The decade-old website eJazzNews.com has created an app — Jazz Life — with streaming music, videos, photography, concert and festival reviews, books for purchase, blogs, articles and aggregated news from sites around the web, free and available for iPhones and Android smart phones. A project of Jesse King and Rita Di Michele in conjunction with Toronto-based JJA member Bill King (of … [read more]
The Jazzinstitute of the City of Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany, is holding a weeklong interactive forum on jazz criticism at www.jazzkritik.de, and the JJA has signed on as approving the course.
“We realize that the reporting about jazz events in the German daily press as well as in the online media is not always what we envision it could be — … [read more]
Here are the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association. We never sleep!
David R. Adler wrote feature articles on Donny McCaslin and Craig Taborn for JazzTimes, as well as liner notes for Mike Moreno’s First In Mind (Criss Cross). He also reviewed Angelica Sanchez’s A Little House (Clean … [read more]
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]
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]
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]