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The Reading Life, by Fradley Garner

Aug 21st, 2012 | By
In my last 30 years as an active freelance journalist in Denmark, I narrated some 500 commercial and documentary films in English. My marginal income tripled.


Philadelphia Jazz Coalition faces fans

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Approximately 150 Philadelphia jazz devotees gathered at the Clef Club on Tuesday, July 31, for an energized and mostly upbeat Town Hall meeting held by the nascent Philadelphia Jazz Coalition. The event, in which this author participated as a panelist along with 14 local music

Future of Philly jazz: Clef Club Youth Band

activists, was a show of the breadth … [read more]



Big turnout for Boston public meeting re jazz radio

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

A sometimes raucous gathering of 150 jazz-loving Bostonians filled a conference room at the

JazzBoston's Bob Young addresses public meeting

Boston Public Library on July 31 to discuss l’affaire ‘GBH, and what might be done to develop jazz radio in the coming days.

The nonprofit advocacy group JazzBoston convened the meeting to seek forward-looking solutions to the sudden absence … [read more]



Ex-professor with a problem: Retirement funds don’t last

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
A job at a university, college or conservatory can be a coup for musicians, providing regular work, a reasonable salary, health and retirement benefits – security. Current retirement benefits, though, may favor younger employees who have time and resources to develop their investment portfolios.


Jazz Radio in Boston: Consider the Alternatives

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
What are the choices for future radio in Boston and elsewhere? Many consider terrestrial radio to be the indispensable cornerstone because it always has been, but that may not always be the case.


Grass roots jazz scenes organizing in Boston, Philly

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

July 31 is the date of simultaneous though unconnected meetings of broad coalitions of activists from local jazz scenes in Boston and Philadelphia. Jazz Boston holds a public meeting, specifically focused on the future of Boston jazz radio, at the Boston Public Library from 6 to 8 pm., and Jazz Bridge holds a Town Hall Meeting for Jazz at the … [read more]



Sharing jazz across oceans, JJA style

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

The jazz diaspora is distributed throughout this planet, but what jazz lovers seldom do is make connections beyond their own scene or country. As a member of the JJA living in Auckland,

John Fenton, photog-writer

New Zealand, I find these interconnections with the wider jazz world to be of vital importance.

During a recent JJA Awards discussion on Facebook, I connected by … [read more]



Jazz funeral protests WGBH’s cuts to Boston jazz radio

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

By the looks of it, about 500 Boston jazz radio listeners gathered in front of the offices of WGBH yesterday (July 6) to raise appropriate noise about grievious wounds the station is instituting by cutting back the hours of jazz broadcasts. Video below thanks to Tom Hall, saxophonist and educator at Brandeis University.

(Update: a 45-minute video with people talking … [read more]



JJA World News: December 2012

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By
The JJA’s ongoing aggregation of jazz journalism, business and community news, edited by Jared Negley

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Season of magazine polls: Down Beat seconds JJA’s winners

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

In the wake of the JJA Jazz Awards, both DownBeat and Jazz Inside magazine announced winners of their own polls of contributors, pointing to excellence in music-making.

Vijay Iyer, center, accepts JJA 2012 Jazz Award for Pianist of the Year; photo by Fran Kaufman

The DownBeat Critics Poll winners, announced online and to be published in the magazine’s August issue, … [read more]