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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]



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]