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JazzApril: Jazz Heroes and JJA Jazz Awards 2013 nominees announced

Apr 7th, 2013 | By

On April 1, the Jazz Journalists Association launched JazzApril — a  month long celebration of all things jazz — and the 2013 JJA Jazz Awards season by announcing this years Awards’ finalist nomineesalong with the names of this year’s JJA Jazz Heroes, cited for their exemplary work in keeping jazz alive and well in their communities.

2013 JJA Jazz Heroes

The final-round nominees in 37 categories … [read more]



JazzApril launched: JJA media campaign for broad jazz coverage

Mar 6th, 2013 | By

The Jazz Journalists Association has launched JazzApril, a pro bono multi-platform media campaign to foment media attention to jazz, the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Appreciation Month initiative and its culmination, International Jazz Day (April 30, with major events being produced globally by UNESCO through good services of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz).

In hopes of facilitating local coverage by local media … [read more]



Are digital downloads good/better/useless for reviewing?

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

The JJA’s March 12 online panel discussion took on a current, thorny recording industry issue:

Jason Kao Hwang, Joyce Feienbaum, Robert Bortash

Are digital downloads acceptable for review? Writers, editors, radio show hosts and program directors, record label publicists and self-producing musicians are all facing the questions of advantages and disadvantages regarding physical, financial, file formats and delivery of promo copies to the … [read more]



Got a tough subject? JJA interviewers’ tips on breaking the ice

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

The JJA’s second season of online webinars begins Tuesday, February 19, at 8 pm EST, with writer Geoffrey Himes, a winner of the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism, and Los Angeles-based radio-show host Eddie Becton among the panelists discussing “How to Interview Tough

Geoffrey Himes

Eddie Becton

Subjects.” The webinar is free, and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance (to do so, go [read more]



Multimedia here & now: Redstar Union loves jazz

Jan 6th, 2013 | By

Redstar Union, a nine-month-old venture in Cambridge, Mass., isn’t easy to label. It’s a state-of-the-art multimedia production studio, capable of recording multitrack audio and HD video, and streaming to the internet in real time. It’s also an intimate performance space,

Redstar Union performance space

with superb sound and an elevated stage ringed by computer-controlled cameras and sophisticated lighting. And Redstar … [read more]



Focus on blogging: Workshops, webinars archived online

Dec 9th, 2012 | By

Four months of the JJA online training programs — including four information-packed workshops on blogs, from start to profit and five webinar panel discussions with jazz journalism veterans and newcomers talking about blogs, writing biographies, covering jazz festivals and jazz journalism now — have been archived online.

All archived programs are accessible to JJA members for free. The panel discussions, … [read more]



Jazz World News: December 2012

Dec 8th, 2012 | By
The JJA's ongoing jazz news aggregation, edited by Jared Negley


‘Best of’ Jazz 2012

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Every year, we ask Jazz Journalists Association members to tell us the best jazz they heard during the year. It’s up to each member to choose what to list and in what format. Here are their choices for 2012. Results are still coming in, so check back often to see additional lists.

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Deaths in 2012

Nov 27th, 2012 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

Listed in chronological order of their deaths, earliest first. Sources include periodicals, personal communication and public websites.

MOST NOTABLE:  JOHNNY OTIS, ETTA JAMES, JOHN LEVY, CLARE FISCHER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, RED HOLLOWAY, EARL SCRUGGS, DICK CLARK, JOE MURANYI, PHOEBE JACOBS, CHUCK BROWN, DONNA SUMMER, CARRIE SMITH, DOC WATSON, GRAEME BELL, KITTY WELLS, … [read more]



Cyril Moshkow in America

Oct 26th, 2012 | By

Cyril Moshkow, publisher and editor of Jazz.Ru, author of a Russian-only book on the American jazz business and a longtime correspondent/friend of the JJA, came to the U.S. in October to introduce
pianist Ivan Farmakovsky’s American quartet in performance at Princeton University and elsewhere.Here’s a brief report from Cyril.  His detailed reports are on his blog and other platforms linked to below:

The

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