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ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards honor music coverage

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
nat capped

New York, NY — Jazz journalists Nat Hentoff and Will Friedwald, Down Beat associate editor Aaron Cohen and biographer/collaborator David Ritz are among the winners of the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for print, broadcast and new media coverage of music, as announced on September 28, 2011.

Friedwald, left; Ritz (left)and Cohen; Hentoff

were established in 1967 in memory of Deems … [read more]

Road Meetings: Mark Stryker, Detroit

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
stryker My main job at the Detroit Free Press is to cover classical music as a beat writer and a critic and then my other duties at the Free Press are to cover visual art, broad-based cultural news, arts and cultural news, and jazz. So we fit it in as best we can because jazz is a passion of mine.

Antonio Hart tours China

Aug 28th, 2011 | By

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]

JJA’s eyeJAZZ denied re-funding

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By

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]

Learn the language

Jul 30th, 2011 | By


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]

Performing Arts Alliance urges support for NEA funding

Jul 7th, 2011 | By

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.

Sonny's got plenty to blow about, as does everyone concerned with Federal funding of the arts

Rollins — the 80-year-vital NEA Jazz Master, the JJA’s “Musician of the Year,” Down Beat poll … [read more]

Jazz Life, the app

Jul 6th, 2011 | By

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]

JJA endorses Darmstadt “jazz:kritik” workshop

Jul 6th, 2011 | By

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]

JJA Member Updates: July 2011

Jul 5th, 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!

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]

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]