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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]



Panel, Round Two: Best Jazz of 2010 (So Far)!

Sep 19th, 2010 | By

Following up our successful and rewarding September 15 Jazz Matters panel discussion, we’re convening another group of critics to take stock of the finest jazz releases of the year to this point!

We’ll be gathering for an informal jukebox jury and panel discussion on Thursday, October 14, 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music performance space, 5th … [read more]



Introducing Japan Jazz magazine

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

A new monthly magazine, Japan Jazz, website http://www.ymm.co.jp/p/jazz_japan.php, has risen from the ashes of Swing Journal, which suspended operations last May. Volume 1 Number 1 of Japan Jazz, published under the auspices of the Yamaha Corporation with a cover photo of electric guitarists Pat Metheny and Kazumi Watanabi, Oonishi Naoko’s “philosophical approach to jazz” and an essay on Wynton Kelly, among … [read more]



Best of 2010 (So Far): The Panel Weighs In!

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

New York, September 16 — The first New York “Jazz Matters” meeting of fall 2010, a listening session with five critics blindfold-testing each other on “Best Jazz of the Year — so far,” was a success, prompting planning of a second follow-up session (on Thursday, October 14th) with a new set of panelists. Details to follow. The JJA is also … [read more]



Detroit Intern’l To Stream Performances, Commentary Live Video

Aug 25th, 2010 | By

Raising the stakes of media “musts” for free, city-supported jazz performances, the Detroit International Jazz Festival has announced it will stream video of live and taped performances, news flashes, artist interviews and informed commentary throughout its Labor Day weekend activities, September 3 through 6. … [read more]