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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]



Musicians win Journalism Awards at JJA NYC party

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

Josh Jackson, Ethan Iverson, Yvonne Ervin
photo by Fran Kaufman

Pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, vibraphonist Gary Burton and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater were given top honors — along with veteran author, editor, educator and radio show host W. Royal Stokes, freelance writer Nate Chinen, Spanish photographer Antonio Porcar Cano and videographer John Moultrie — at the 18th … [read more]



JJA Q&A: Jennifer Odell

May 19th, 2014 | By

Jennifer Odell is a New Orleans-based contributing writer for Downbeat Magazine and the Offbeat Magazine. We decided tap her knowledge on what it means to cover a jazz festival in the 21st century. We came to Jennifer in the wake of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the “unofficial launch” of the summer jazz festival season. In … [read more]



Jazz Fest Season — Resources for Journos

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (photo from web)

With the launch of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last weekend (April 26, continuing through May 4), the summer jazz festival season has arrived.  According to the May issue of DownBeat, there are 87 fests across the U.S. from May through mid-October that feature jazz (either primarily or in part.) … [read more]



2014 JJA Jazz Awards winners announced!

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

NEW YORK – The Jazz Journalists Association today announced winners of 2014 JJA Jazz Awards in 32 categories of musical achievement. Herbie Hancock — the man behind International Jazz Day (April 30) as UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialog and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – is being honored for his Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, … [read more]



2014 Jazz Heroes Announced — launching JazzApril

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

APRIL 1, NEW YORK CITY — Two dozen “Jazz Heroes” — activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz — have been announced today by the Jazz Journalists Association in collaboration with grassroots organizations and supporters in 21 U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada. The announcement launches JazzApril, the JJA’s media campaign encouraging and enabling local jazz  activists to celebrate their … [read more]



Coming May 1: JJA members dues increase

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Best reason to renew JJA memberships if your annual dues are nearly due: The JJA board of directors has approved a dues raise for both full-voting journalist members and individual associate members, as of May 1.

The first increase in dues levied since 2000, journalist-members dues will rise from $75 to $90 per annum, and  associate individual (non-voting) memberships from … [read more]



Talking Jazz Series: New and Traditional Jazz Publications, online/in print

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

Rescheduled for the second time! due to hangups with Google Hangouts, Wednesday April 23 is the new date (at 8 pm EDT) of “The New Online Publications,” introducing four publisher-editors hammering out models for upcoming jazz media. Seventh of the  JJA’s free  interactive  Talking Jazz panel series presented by the Anita E. Berry Education Fund of The Jazz Cruise (which has just committed to … [read more]



JazzApril, just around the corner

Mar 1st, 2014 | By
JazzApril 2014

The JJA’s spring campaign, JazzApril, has begun — a project which encourages grassroots jazz fans to take action during Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating April 30 in International Jazz Day, to do something new and unusual to promote their local scenes.

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014, which takes its theme from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, will be ushered in by concerts by … [read more]