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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]



A Gary Giddins interview

Jul 16th, 2013 | By
The Jazz Journalists Association is a success ""because most of us respect each other."


Jazz Awards for Journalists + music, schmooze in NYC

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By

Willard Jenkins, original convener of the Jazz Journalists Association and an author, blogger, radio show host, festival curator,  freelance arts activist as well as this year’s Washington D.C. Jazz Hero,

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honorees
Amiri Baraka hugged by Willard Jenkins

received the JJA’s Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award at the  party at New York City’s Blue Note celebrating … [read more]



The Jazz Journalists Association: A 25-Year Retrospective

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Over the course of 25 years, the Jazz Journalists Association has developed from being a loose coalition of like-minded professional writers, photographers and broadcasters to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit with global outreach through its online programs and community-based initiatives. W. Royal Stokes, a founding member of the JJA, details the JJA’s history: 

The seeds of the Jazz Journalists Association … [read more]



JJA Jazz Awards NYC Party, June 11 @ the Blue Note

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

The JJA Jazz Awards New York City party is on June 11, and tickets are available now to the general public (with discounts for JJA members and nominees; winners are invited free of charge but must make reservations). The JJA”s 18th annual such event, 3:30-5:30 p.m at the Blue Note Jazz Club (131 3rd St., NYC), is a cocktail party with hors … [read more]



2013 Jazz Awards: Music winners announced

May 1st, 2013 | By

Wayne Shorter took triple honors among winners of the 17th annual JJA Jazz Awards for musical achievement, announced online today, while plans were laid for winners of Awards for accomplishments in jazz journalism to be announced at the annual Jazz Awards gala — being celebrated as the
 25th birthday of the Jazz Journalists Association — on June 19 from 4 to 6 pm at … [read more]