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New NEA data shows higher participation in the arts

Mar 6th, 2011 | By

New analysis of  National Endowment for the Arts data on American participation in the arts, from Curt Hopkins of ReadWriteWeb, has been posted at NYTimes.com. The JJA invites further comment at our Discussion Forum.

“A new National Endowment of the Arts study has looked back into the data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Expanding the definition from … [read more]



President Obama has Rollins vinyl, “thumb-worn” Portnoy

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By

National Medals of Arts and Humanities were conferred by Barack Obama on Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Jacques Barzun, Philip Roth and 16 other American luminaries — the President’s remarks are inspiring (the House of Representatives’ budget cuts support for Arts to the bone).… [read more]



The Passing of Cadence, part 2

Feb 28th, 2011 | By

I forgot what prompted me to send for a sample issue of Cadence, circa 1988, but once I did, I was hooked. Printed on plain stock paper, the magazine was filled with numerous reviews of CDs and videos. It included Bob Rusch’s blunt, sardonic columns about the music business, a detailed interview or two and until recent years, a … [read more]



The Passing of Cadence, part 1

Feb 28th, 2011 | By
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Cadence magazine, a periodical edited and published by Bob Rusch of North Country Distributors in Redwood Landing, New York, since 1976, announced cessation of publication in a statement accompanying the Winter 2010 issue. The handbook-sized magazine put out “just under 400 editions,” according to Rusch, starting as a monthly and going quarterly in 2007. He imagined a forthcoming final edition … [read more]



NEA Jazz Masters program to end: sound off at our JJA member forum

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced plans to end its 30-year-old Jazz Masters program. See blog posts by JJA President Howard Mandel here and here.

Will this negatively affect jazz or individual jazz communities in the U.S. or elsewhere? As detailed in an email to the JJA membership from Howard earlier this week, our organization can play … [read more]



eyeJAZZ.tv applications close – remarkable response

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Jazz really is everywhere, as demonstrated by the 186 would-be jazz videographers from around the U.S. — and the world — who applied to the eyeJAZZ Training Program. Applicants range widely in age, experience, musical interests,  background and, especially, location.

This map shows the distribution of applicants (zoom in to view down to local level.) While there are concentrations of applicants from … [read more]



Graph shows music sales decline

Feb 18th, 2011 | By

A chart graphing year-end shipment statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from 1973 until 2009, prepared and issued by Bain, reveals the dramatic growth and decline of sales of recordings in all commercial formats from 1973 to 2009. According to the graph, LPs/EPs and 8-track tapes at the start of the era analyzed were responsible for approximately $2.5 … [read more]



“Ain’t But a Few”: Willard Jenkins answers his own questions

Feb 10th, 2011 | By
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Editor’s Note: Willard Jenkins is a journalist, arts consultant and presenter, co-author of African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, and instigating co-founder and former vice president of the JJA. As keeper of the blog The Independent Ear, Jenkins has instituted a series called “Ain’t But a Few of Us,” in which he poses questions to an array … [read more]



Name Change: AAJ-NY to become The New York City Jazz Record

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

All About Jazz-New York, billed as “the city’s only homegrown jazz gazette,” will be changing its name to The New York City Jazz Record. The change becomes effective with the publication’s March 2011 issue, according to a press release issued by Managing Editor Laurence Donohue-Greene and Production Manager Andrey Henkin.

All About Jazz-New York, a free monthly … [read more]



Cuadernos de Jazz quits print for online only

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By

Cuadernos de Jazz, the 20-year-old, six-issues-annually, Madrid-based music magazine, has given up print and announced that its remaining staff — “young, fresh blood,” according to outgoing editor Chema García Martínez — will sustain the publication online.

With articles in its final issue about the Spanish trio TríEZ, Vijay Iyer, John Hollenbeck (whose Claudia Quartet performed at the San Sebastian … [read more]