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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]



Final Bars: 2013 jazz life conclusions

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Compiled from sources including local newspapers, Deadrockstars.com, the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt newsletter, AllAboutJazz.com, Wikipedia, the New York Times, Legacy.com, Rolling Stone, Variety,
JazzTimes.com, listserves, Facebook pages and European publications.

ESPECIALLY NOTABLE: SATHIMA BEA BENJAMIN, GEORGE BUCK, DONALD BYRD, OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES, GEORGE DUKE, HERB GELLER, EYDIE GORME, GEORGE GRUNTZ, JIM HALL, CHICO HAMILTON, RONALD SHANNON JACKSON, YUSEF LATEEF, MARIAN MCPARTLAND, MULGREW MILLER, ALBERT MURRAY, BUTCH … [read more]



JJA @ 2014 Jazz Connect Conference

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association was an active participant in  the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC,  January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City  2014. The conference, a major gathering of the professional jazz community organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition, fed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as … [read more]



Experts and Activists Take on Current Jazz Biz, Audience, Image, Media Issues

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
Talking Jazz logo "The panels convene top experts and activists of both jazz-specific and more general cultural arts fields, intending to engage professional practitioners of the musical and performing arts, grassroots supporters and the general public." . . .


JJA Jazz Media Meetup Reports

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
"Meetups, which encourage members and colleagues to network and talk about local jazz media, can be organized by any JJA member. They are usually casual convenings in local bars or cafes." . . .


Wedding bells for Gwen Calvier, Hot House publisher

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

Gwénolée Calvier, publisher of the monthly jazz magazine Hot House serving New York and New Jersey, was married August 10 to Joseph Kelley, a senior trial lawyer.

Gwen Calvier, publisher of Hot House, in red dress — with Hot House contributors (from left) George Kanzler, the late Paul Blair and Elzy Kolb

Ms. Calvier is a JJA member of longstanding, … [read more]