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JJA Members Updates: November 2011

Nov 3rd, 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!

Angelika Beener is pleased to be a new member of The Jazz Journalists Association.  This month, Angelika interviews producer, DJ, and one third of the iconic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, for … [read more]



JazzDIY debuts, Cadence returns to action

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Unusual news of new and renewed platforms for news and information about jazz:

  • JazzDIY, an “online trade journal for jazz musicians” is launched —
  • Cadence, the 35-year-old magazine of improvised music, gets new life under new management.

Scott Menhinick,  former freelance journalist and since then independent publicist as Improvised Communications and small staff including his wife are intent on doing … [read more]



JazzDIY.com launches as “trade journal for jazz”

Oct 26th, 2011 | By
"Our plan is to share information, put it out there, give music people feedback about whether the ways they're running their businesses are effective or not." -- Scott Menhinick, JazzDIY.com


New publisher takes Cadence online, multi-media

Oct 26th, 2011 | By
On payments for contributors: "We've got to come up with something. I don't' know what Cadence is without good writing."


JJA Members Updates: October 2011

Oct 3rd, 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 is teaching jazz history to 38 freshmen undergrads this semester at Queens College. He wrote about Nicholas Payton for JazzTimes and is currently writing a feature for the same magazine on Michael Feinstein. In … [read more]



Jazz journalists breakfast, schmooze in Monterrey

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

About 20 jazz journalists and friends gathered for breakfast on Sunday, September 18th, the last day of the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. This annual gathering, organized by Bay Area photographer Stuart Brinin and writer Bill Minor (both lapsed JJA members), was a chance to socialize and to compare notes on the festival performances.

JJA member-in-good-standing Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR’s … [read more]



ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards honor music coverage

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

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
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]