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And the winners are…!

Jun 15th, 2010 | By

Here is the rundown from yesterday. And be sure to read JJA President Howard Mandel on the “why” of the Awards (from June 10th).

Video from the event available here. And an evolving photo gallery from Fran Kaufman here. (Photo at left: Josh Jackson with his Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting, © Fran Kaufman.)

Thank you to all who attended, … [read more]



A View from the JEN Conference

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

The Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Conference, held May 20-22 in St. Louis, has come and gone but the two-week “postgame” window now allows enough distance for some reflection. Approximately 1,100 people — predominantly educators, with some musicians and industry people mixed in — attended the three-day affair. While there were only a few artist representatives and fewer presenters on hand, … [read more]



JJA Announces its 2010 “A Team” and Jazz Heroes!

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has named eight new members to its “A Team” of  Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz,”  along with five “JJA Jazz Heroes,” who have done exceptional work to support jazz at the local level.  The new A Team and Jazz Heroes will be honored at the June 14 JJA Jazz Awards gala in New … [read more]



JJA Photo of the Year Finalists, In Their Own Words

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Back in the 1980s, the Warsaw-based International Jazz Federation held an annual competition, Jazz Photo International, featuring submissions in an exhibition at Poland’s premier festival, the Jazz Jamboree, and publishing the winning images in Jazz Forum magazine, also based in Warsaw. (The magazine is still alive and well, though now only in Polish: www.jazzforum.com.pl.) On an international scale, this was … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards Satellite Parties Spread Nationwide

May 29th, 2010 | By

Can’t make it to the JJA Jazz Awards gala on June 14 in New York City?

This year, for the first time ever,  friends of jazz in other locales are throwing satellite parties so local jazz fans can follow the JJA Jazz Awards live on streaming internet video. They’ll  celebrate simultaneously with the Jazz Awards ceremony and reception in New York.

2010 … [read more]



Photo of the Year Finalists!

May 24th, 2010 | By

New York, May 24 — Five submissions to the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2010 Jazz Awards “Photo of the Year” category have been elevated to finalist status by voting members of the JJA. European photographers dominate the finalist field. Images of Zim Ngqawana by Dragan Tasic, Eddie Henderson by Gulnara Khamatova, Sonny Rollins by John Watson and Tom Harrell by Lena … [read more]



How We Talk About Jazz in 2010

May 24th, 2010 | By

It’s been just over a year that I have semi-officially considered myself a jazz writer. It started with this post, which began as an essay for a graduate course on jazz and film (I am currently finishing my MA in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers-Newark, the only masters program currently offered in jazz history worldwide). Since then I’ve been … [read more]



Jazz Awards’ First Bay Area Party!

May 20th, 2010 | By

The JJA Jazz Awards is going bi-coastal, as the Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance in downtown Berkeley, California, has announced a free and public “satellite party” on Monday, June 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 PDT, simultaneously with the Jazz Awards ceremony and reception at City Winery in Manhattan.

The Jazzschool invites musicians, journalists and jazz fans to toast trumpeter-bandleader-educator … [read more]



Swing stops: Japanese jazz mag fails

May 19th, 2010 | By

Swing Journal, the magazine promoting American jazz in Japan since the end of WWII, ceases publication with its June issue. According to editor-in-chief Takafumi Mimori, “We will make efforts to revive it somehow,” but the monthly publication known for its photography, articles by U.S. as well as Japanese commentators and previously robust support from electronics firms and instrument manufacturers … [read more]



Highlights In Jazz: 38 Years of Jazz History, Closing Up Shop

May 14th, 2010 | By
For the past 38 years, Jack Kleinsinger was impresario and host of “Highlights In Jazz,” a moveable fete of jazz luminaries presented in not-really-jam-sessions. And now, in light of financial considerations, it ends. “I’m not giving up on jazz, it’s just this deepening recession,” Kleinsinger says. The final Highlights In Jazz concert took place last night, Thursday, May 13.