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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]



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]