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First eyeJAZZ videos posted

Nov 21st, 2010 | By

See now: First samples of eyeJAZZ, the JJA’s brand of from-the-scene music-news videos made quickly with handy pocket digital cameras and uploaded just as fast to the Internet.  And here’s our logo —

Brief clips with interviews and music from the 45th anniversary concert of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and also its 40th — both … [read more]



eyeJAZZ: JJA video project update

Nov 19th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalist Association’s jazz video project, now named eyeJAZZ,  has enlisted “JazzVideoGuy” Bret Primack and  noted Chicago videographer Floyd Webb as trainers and project  organizers. Primack and Webb are working with JJA President Howard Mandel and JJA online media adviser JoAnn Kawell to plan the curriculum and the application process that will be used to fill the thirty slots in … [read more]



Jazz Forward Coalition launches

Nov 12th, 2010 | By

Principals of AllAboutJazz.com, DLMedia, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Thirsty Ear Recordings and THIS IS RED Agency have announced formation of the Jazz Forward Coalition, an ambitious attempt to “coordinate and maximize” media and resources across the music’s many dimensions, focusing first off on “Business of Jazz.”… [read more]



The entire web as “public domain”?

Nov 7th, 2010 | By

Can your blog posting, or article published on the web, be taken by a publication and used without your permission, because putting it on the web makes it in the “public domain”? One magazine, Cooks Source, believes the answer to be yes, and that’s what they actually told blogger Monica Gaudio after they swiped one of her posts and … [read more]



Ed Blackwell bio? Widow seeks author

Nov 5th, 2010 | By

Frances Blackwell, widow of drumming great Ed Blackwell, wants to produce a biography of her husband, who died in 1992.

Ed Blackwell

She has the story but knows she’s not a writer with the discipline, sense of structure and publishing ambitions to complete a book, so she’s searching for a co-author to help her put together an “as-told-to.” It’s a … [read more]



CareFusion ends jazz fest sponsorships

Nov 4th, 2010 | By

CareFusion, a global firm selling equipment and services to hospitals, announced the end of its two-year jazz-marketing campaign today, pulling sponsorship from George Wein’s Newport Jazz festival and New York Jazz Festival, and the Chicago Jazz Festival, which is produced by the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

As reported on JJA president Howard Mandel’s blog, CareFusion also … [read more]



JJA awarded Jazz.NEXT grant for guerrilla video project

Oct 30th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has been awarded a Jazz.NEXT grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, for support of hands-on training and implementation of  basic video skills including equipping successful program applicants with a pocket video camera and exploring new means of video distribution.

“The idea is that jazz journalists … [read more]



Best of 2010, Part 2: The Panel Weighs In!

Oct 15th, 2010 | By

New York, October 15 — The second New York “Jazz Matters” meeting of fall 2010, a listening session with four critics blindfold-testing each other on “Best Jazz of the Year — so far,” was again a success, following up round one of the discussion which took place on September 15. The JJA is still encouraging JJA members in other cities

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Chicago’s JazzGram: An Inside View

Oct 13th, 2010 | By

In 2006, the late Sue Markle moved out of Chicago and decided to resign as editor of the JazzGram, the newsletter of the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC), whose mission is to promote jazz in all of its forms. After two years spent as a JIC board member and a few more as a JazzGram contributor, I was offered … [read more]



JJA Member Directories Now Online

Sep 24th, 2010 | By

Searchable directories of Jazz Journalists Association member profiles are now online at JJA News.
Check the Professional Member Directory if you’re looking for a writer, photographer, video, audio or web producer to contribute to your jazz journalism project.  Take a look at the Industry Associate Directory for profiles of the publishers, publicists,  and presenters, as well as jazz musicians and educators, … [read more]