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20th annual Jazz Awards party celebrates media-makers

Jun 28th, 2016 | By

Ted Panken, photo by Grayson Dantzic

Linda Yohn with Award, photo by Grayson Dantzic

Journalist and broadcaster Ted Panken, a master interviewer, received the Jazz Journalists Association’s  2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, WEMU (Ypsilanti MI) music director and program host Linda Yohn was given the JJA’s Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for excellence in broadcasting and DownBeat magazine was … [read more]



2016 Jazz Awards winners for music: Threadgill, Schneider, Washington

May 15th, 2016 | By

Henry Threadgill is recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award — composer-orchestra leader Maria Schneider wins Musician of the Year and four other Awards, including Best Album of 2015 for The Thompson Fields – and saxophonist Kamasi Washington is hailed as Up and Coming Musician of the Year, by voting members of the JJA in the organization’s 20th … [read more]



JJA Media Party at Blue Note, NYC — June 15 2016!

Apr 24th, 2016 | By

Rio Sakairi, Jazz Gallery artistic director and JJA NYC Jazz Hero

Winners of the 2016 Jazz Awards for journalism will be announced and presented, along with the Jazz Hero Award for New York City’s Rio Sakairi and performances by drummer Herlin Riley’s Quintet, singer René Marie and her trio, and pianist John Beasley — fresh from music directing the International Jazz … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards nominees named, voting begun

Apr 23rd, 2016 | By

Bucky Pizzarelli, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson and Henry Threadgill  have been nominated for the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, and Ted Gioia, Ted Panken and Will Friedwald for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, topping the ballot for the 20th annual Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Ted Gioia

Voting on these finalists by the JJA’s … [read more]



Meet the JJA’s 2016 Jazz Heroes!

Apr 1st, 2016 | By
2016 JJA Jazz Heroes

The 2016 class of “Jazz Heroes” — 27 activists of positive influence on their U.S. musical communities and beyond — have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association, the non-profit organization of media professionals, in collaborations with grassroots groups and supporters in 23 U.S. communities. See names, detailed bios and portraits of the Heroes on the JJA’s website http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/2016-jazz-heroes.html

Jazz … [read more]



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).