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Grants for jazz researchers

Aug 15th, 2015 | By

Dan Morgenstern, director emeritus, in the stacks at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers (Newark)

The Institute of Jazz Studies, situated in the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is once again offering research grants supported by the Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund, an endowment established by Benny Carter in 1987.

ISJ offers … [read more]



JazzWeek Summit honors radio stations, programmers

Aug 13th, 2015 | By

Arturo Gómez, winner of a Bobby Jackson Programmer of the Year Award from JazzWeek

JazzWeek, online publisher of weekly jazz radio airplay charts, current recording releases and, for subscribers, news of the broadcast industry, announced winners of its annual Awards at a reception on August 6, during its 12th annual JazzWeek Summit, this year held in San Jose, CA. Awards are presented for stations, programmers, … [read more]



Jazz Journalists Association Honors Its Own

Jun 19th, 2015 | By

Neil Tesser, Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honoree, and New York CIty Jazz Hero Kim Clarke, at the Blue Note JJA Jazz party June 16, 2015

Neil Tesser, the Chicago-based jazz journalist, broadcaster, author, educator, former chair of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and current board member of the Jazz Journalists Association  was … [read more]



B.B. King, R.I.P.

May 17th, 2015 | By

photo credit: Monterey County Herald Archives

MAY 15, 2015 — I’ve had little but B.B. King in mind and on the home stereo since he entered hospice two weeks ago. The great bluesman has been a constant in my life for the better part of five decades, and while I’ve been profoundly touched by musicians across a wide range of … [read more]



2015 JJA Jazz Awards Honor Musical Excellence

May 15th, 2015 | By

NEW YORK – The Jazz Journalists Association has announced winners of its 2015 JJA Jazz Awards for musical excellence in calendar year 2014 , and released details about its annual public Jazz Awards party, at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W. 3rd St., NYC, on June 16, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at http://members.jazzjournalists.org/event-1939958.

The … [read more]



Jazz Heroes of 2015: 24 honored in 22 cities

Apr 1st, 2015 | By

Two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — activists of positive influence on their musical communities — have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association, in collaborations with community groups in 22 U.S. cities launching JazzApril 2015, a media campaign celebrating local activities during Jazz Appreciation Month leading to International Jazz Day.

The Jazz Heroes — who the JJA used to call its “A Team” — are … [read more]



2015 Jazz Awards finalist voting begins

Mar 30th, 2015 | By

April 16 2015 — The Jazz Journalists Association has launched voting for winners in 39 categories of excellence in music and music media in  its 19th annual JJA Jazz Awards.   Finalist nominees are being voted on by the professional journalist members of the JJA, with musician-winners to be announced May 15 and winners for media accomplishments to be announced at the JJA’s annual New York City … [read more]



Robin Lloyd joins JJA board of directors, Mike West rotates off

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Robin Lloyd, Jazz and Blues program host at KPLU-FM (Seattle/Tacoma) and a member of the Jazz Education Network as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association, is joining the board of directors of the JJA. 

Simultaneously and for unrelated reasons, Washington D.C.-based writer Mike West has asked to leave the board after completing a three year term. Mike says the arrival of his second … [read more]



Jazz educators/academics and jazz journalists: friends or foes?

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association’s free webinar series Talking Jazz continues Wednesday, January 21 at 8 pm Eastern standard time with a freewheeling discussion on the relationship between jazz academia and jazz journalism. Panelists Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Larry Ridley, Alex W. Rodrigues and Neil Tesser will take up questions, moderated by JJA president Howard Mandel. Access to the webinar is free, … [read more]



A year in books

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

W, Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes, 2014 recipient of the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award, has compiled a useful annotated list of “jazz, blues and beyond” books published during calendar year 2014. See it in his blog.… [read more]