Reuben Jackson, jazz poet, archivist, mentor, RIP
Jazz Journalists Association
by John Murph
23h ago
Reuben Jackson, an acclaimed Washington-based jazz historian, radio host, poet, teacher, music critic, died on February 16, 2024. The previous week he suffered a stroke. He was 67. [Ed.’s note: A longtime member of the Jazz Journalists Association, Reuben Jackson published poems at JazzHouse.org as well as a celebration of Duke Ellington, pianist and is heard recently speaking about jazz archives on The Buzz, the JJA podcast.] Although he was born in Augusta, Georgia, on October 1, 1956, Jackson mostly grew up in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. His father, Pierce Jackson, was an elec ..read more
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Live jazz, vivid documentation — Photojournalist Chuck Koton’s 10 favorite LA shows of 2023
Jazz Journalists Association
by Matt Schudel
6d ago
As platforms for music criticism seem to shrink, jazz is in danger with losing one of its most important kinds of documentation: the review of live shows, illustrated with photos of the events. Los Angeles-based photojournalist Chuck Koton‘s column “Gratefully Live” rates favorite shows he attended in 2023, offering what performance reviews are all about — reflecting what’s fleetingly heard, using words and pictures to take us there. JJA member Koton, a contributor to All About Jazz for 15 years, has been listening to live jazz for nearly half-a-century. — Ed. Gratefully Live: Favorite shows o ..read more
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JJA members’ Valentine updates
Jazz Journalists Association
by Michael J. West
2w ago
We love jazz, JJA members do, in all its manifestations. On page two, see how we’ve been demonstrating our devotion during the dark days of January. New members are Rusty Aceves of Martinez, CA, copywriter and editor for SFJAZZ and freelance writer, and Gary Finney of Erie, PA, a radio/tv host/producer heard regularly on WQLN-FMxcv]qw. Welcome! Now as to what some of the rest of us have been doing ————>>> ..read more
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Final Bars of 2023
Jazz Journalists Association
by JJA Editor
2w ago
With regret but also appreciation, the JJA turns out-of-house for coverage of notable musicians whose lives ended in the calendar year 2023. We strongly recommend Jazz Passings by the redoubtable Andrey Henkin as the place to go to see who’s gone. With the unexpected demise of Ken Franckling on March 24, 2023, the JJA lost an esteemed, loyal and highly productive member, who for several years had assiduously compiled information on musicians and music business participants who had died. Ken drew from international sources to provide an impressive and capacious, if not comprehensive, of the wor ..read more
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January is the cruelest month. Or is it February?
Jazz Journalists Association
by Michael J. West
1M ago
Dang snow, cold, darkness at 5 pm, RSV, flu, post-holiday doldrums, lapsed resolutions — members of the Jazz Journalists Association have driven into 2024 with characteristic energy and panache. Our newest new member is Rusty Aceves of Martinez, CA — he’s the copywriter and editor of SFJazz. We welcome the renewals (among several) of NYC’s own Dan “JazzManDan” Kassell, who is organizing a celebration of Duke Ellington’s piano music — often underrated — for the great man’s 125th anniversary of birth (contact him!), and Mirian Arbalejo, a writer of independence and indefatigable voice based in M ..read more
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The Velvet Lounge, then and now – Show and tell at Hyde Park Jazz Fest
Jazz Journalists Association
by Corey Hall
2M ago
Ethereal ensemble expressions – starting with the guimbri, a three-string bass from North Africa, soon enhanced by tenor saxophone, meditative chant, frame drum, acoustic bass, and electric guitar — reached the ears of everyone entering the Logan Center Screening Room at the University of Chicago. The music was “From the River to the Ocean” by tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson (1929-2010) and his local collaborators, on a loop as a soundtrack for the slideshow onscreen stage-center during the multi-media presentation “Velvet Lounge 40 Years Later: A Legacy of Place,” at last September’s Hyde Par ..read more
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Members’ updates, Halloween Edition
Jazz Journalists Association
by Michael J. West
4M ago
It’s spooky how much news and how many views of jazz are produced by members of the JJA — you’d think we never tire of listening to great music and sharing our appreciations (or criticisms). Well, that’s just how it is, as a glance at what we’ve been doing proves. So, boo! We welcome new member Simona Neuman, of Timisoara, Romania, who writes, ” I am a passionate photographer focused to catch the emotions of the jazz artists while performing.  Through my photos I aim at translating visually their music and how they feel while performing.” See how others do it ..read more
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Fall forward: JJA members’ updates
Jazz Journalists Association
by Michael J. West
5M ago
Is autumn a little late this year? If it seems to, maybe it’s ’cause JJA members have been catching up with festivals, new releases, performance series launches, and their own projects, as detailed in these members’ updates. Thomas Pena is a new JJA member, founder of the Puerto Rico Project, based in Teaneck, NJ. See what others are doing on p. 2 ————->> ..read more
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The wide jazz world improvises in Saalfelden
Jazz Journalists Association
by Danica Pantovic
6M ago
The bravely creative and far-reaching 43rd edition of Jazzfestival Saalfelden for jazz and improvised music took place in this Austrian town of 16,000 in the center of Europe, in a basin between ranges of the Austrian Alps, from August 17 through 20. It was significant on many levels. Some numbers: 176 artists from 14 countries and five continents; 60 concerts, more than half of them free of charge, at 13 venues; 150 staff members; two main programs completely sold out, and Mainstage’s record sales of 98%. Though showing a positive balance, the festival’s budget of 830,000€ could not keep ..read more
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Thank New Orleans for jazz, the music of Labor Day fests across the U.S.
Jazz Journalists Association
by JJA Editor
6M ago
City of a Million Dreams – Parading for the Dead in New Orleans by Jason Berry with Dr. Michael White, looks deeply into New Orleans’ unique funeral culture, celebrating life fervently at death. It’s about the African sources of jazz and blues, as heard across the U.S. this Labor Day weekend at festivals marking the end of of our summers. Chicago Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (High Point, NC), Vail Jazz Party, Macinac Island Jazz Festival, Hot Jazz Jubilee (Sacramento), Smooth Jazz on the River Festival (Cairo, IL ..read more
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