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Andy Gilbert joins the JJA board

Mar 18th, 2016 | By

Andy Gilbert, a noted Bay Area freelance writer, has accepted a seat on the Jazz Journalists Association’s board of directors.

Frequently published by the San Jose Mercury News, SF Chronicle, JazzTimes and Berkeleyside.com, among other publications, Andy describes himself as “mostly a newspaper guy.” He has admired the JJA’s expansions into new media, but concedes he has not yet acclimated to … [read more]



2016 JJA Jazz Awards season is underway

Mar 18th, 2016 | By
The Jazz Journalists Association has begun the process of selecting winners of its 2016 Jazz Awards for achievements in music and journalism, as well as naming and celebrating 2016 Jazz Heroes honored for “aiding and abetting jazz” in 25 U.S. communities.

The Awards process involves two stages of voting. First, the JJA’s professional members are called upon to make up … [read more]



Book roundup: Published in 2015

Feb 1st, 2016 | By

W. Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes’ Roundup of 130 or so Jazz, Blues, Beyond and other books published in the past year or so provides a useful guide for JJA members nominating Best Books for the 2016 Jazz Awards. Stokes, a longtime JJA member and Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, only included books he received review copies of, so some jazz … [read more]



Jazz in Mainstream Media: Focus on “mainstream”

Jan 15th, 2016 | By

Based on reporting by David Adler, the take-away from the JJA’s session on “Jazz in the Mainstream Media,” moderated by JJA board member Jennifer Odell at the Jazz Connect conference on January 14, was “Emphasis: Mainstream.”

Moderator Jennifer Odell, photo by Susan Brink

from left: John Murph, Natalie Weiner, Anastasia Tsioulcas, Will Friedwald; photo by Susan Brink

Panelists Will Friedwald (the … [read more]



Final Bars of 2015 (update 2/09/16)

Jan 4th, 2016 | By
ESPECIALLY NOTABLE AMONG 2015's DECEASED: BOB BELDEN, MARCUS BELGRAVE, NATALIE COLE, ORNETTE COLEMAN*, JEFF GOLUB, BO DOLLIS, WILTON FELDER, JOHNNY GIMBLE, ORRIN KEEPNEWS*, B.B. KING, BRUCE LUNDVALL, MARK MURPHY, DAVE PIKE, LARRY ROSEN, HOWARD RUMSEY, GUNTHER SCHULLER*, RAVI SHANKAR, LEW SOLOFF, CLARK TERRY*, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, PHIL WOODS* (* denotes NEA Jazz Masters).


First-time new member dues discount! Good ’til 1/24

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

JJA Jazz Awards party, photo by Fran Kaufman

The JJA has announced a discount for first-time new membership in the JJA — $15 off regular first year dues of $90 for journos) and $100 for supporters joining before Jan. 24, 2016.  To join use promo code CONNECT16. This discount does not apply to renewals — a discount for renewals was offered … [read more]



JJA @ Jazz Connect conference Jan 14 – 15 2016

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

UPDATE! Jennifer Odell, New Orleans-based JJA board member, to moderate panel and chair membership meeting (now scheduled for 12:30 pm Friday, open to all) as Howard Mandel cancels attendance due to ankle injury.

A panel on Jazz in Mainstream Media and an open-to-all membership meeting and a reception at a New York City jazz club are the JJA’s activities at … [read more]



Jazz Awards presented coast-to-coast

Dec 8th, 2015 | By

Nicole Mitchell receives “Flutist of the Year Award” from JJA president Howard Mandel; photo by Kent Richmond

Nicole Mitchell, winner of the JJA’s 2015 Flutist of the Year Award, received her engraved statuette at the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s free Jazzcity “Voices Heard” concert December 11 at the Garfield Park Conservatory, thus completing the nationwide presentation of Awards for excellence … [read more]



Boston Globe music writer Ernie Santosuosso dies at age 93

Oct 19th, 2015 | By

Jazz-loving, across-the-boards music journalist Ernie Santosuosso’s career is reprised well by Brian Marquard, Boston Globe staffer.… [read more]



JJA Member Updates: October 2015

Oct 17th, 2015 | By
Jazz Journalists Association

Looking for proof that jazz is alive and well? You’ll find the most recent publications and other work reported by the extremely active members of the Jazz Journalists Association after the jump. We never sleep! If you are a JJA member and would like your recent activities included in the next installment of Member Updates, send a brief paragraph beginning [read more]