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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]



JJA big-time at Jazz Connect conference

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

The JJA was out in force at the third annual Jazz Connect Conference in New York City at St. Peter’s Church (54th and Lexington Avenue) on January 8 and 9, 2015.

Board member Don Palmer chaired a members’ meeting, open to non-members also, at 5 p.m. Thurs. Jan 8 (registration to the Conference is not required to attend). President Howard Mandel moderated a … [read more]



Final Bars of 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

ESPECIALLY NOTABLE: AMIRI BARAKA, SID CAESAR, BUDDY DEFRANCO, KENNY DREW JR., LIONEL FERBOS, MED FLORY, JUAN FORMELL, CHARLIE HADEN, TIM HAUSER, PAUL HORN, HERB JEFFRIES, IDRIS MUHAMMAD, JOE SAMPLE, JIMMY SCOTT, HORACE SILVER, JERRY VALE, KENNY WHEELER, JOE WILDER, GERALD WILSON, HERB WONG

Accordionist Ollie Viljoen; accordionist, pianist, composer and educator Evan Harlan;

Actor, drummer, pianist and singer Mickey Rooney;

Arranger, conductor, orchestra leader and … [read more]



Jazz Radio in Transition #2: Tuning into the Future

Dec 13th, 2014 | By

In “Jazz Radio in Transition: Tuning into the Future” — live on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 pm Eastern time,  the second of the JJA’s “Talking Jazz” webinar series for 2014 – 2015 —  producer Katie Simon of NPR’s new “Jazz Night in America,”  music director Arturo Gomez of Denver’s KUVO, acting program director Katea Stitt of WPFW, and Jim Wilke, JJA … [read more]



“Jazz Radio in Transition,” first JJA webinar of 2014-2015

Nov 16th, 2014 | By
Radio in Transition panelists

“Jazz Radio in Transition” is the first JJA “Talking Jazz” webinar of 2014 – 2015, an interactive Google Hangout free to all registrants and the first in a planned series to focus on present changes and challenges in music broadcasting.

A panel comprising (depicted from left) Jim Wilke, JJA Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award winner and departing program host of Jazz After Hours, syndicated by … [read more]



Jazz loves Dan Morgenstern (via Tom Reney)

Oct 27th, 2014 | By
Dan Morgenstern is admired for knowledge and sensitivity to musicians and their creative activities throughout the jazz world. Tom Reney explains why.


Three jazz poems

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

Jazz of a Sunny Day 

This mental work, what’s the point,
Working over things
Kneading my flesh
Like bread dough
Bread is always on my mind
The money’s running out
Even Picasso
Worried about money
Ready, steady, cash
Sometimes it works like this
Just snap your fingers
It’s there… So there you are,
Plus the worries about
Everyday things,
Sexuality, … [read more]



Bio writing with help from JJA webinar and friends

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

If anyone had told me I would be writing the biography of Sheila Jordan I would have rolled my eyes. Yet, here I am preparing for the September release of Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group). Being presented with this undertaking by Ms. Jordan herself carried a huge responsibility. My aspiration was to tell … [read more]