Int’l Jazz Day and 17th annual JAM in Montenegro
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by Virgil Mihaiu
3w ago
 Each new descent into Montenegro brings me emotional fulfillments similar to those generated by great music. That makes the exhausting journey with my own car worth it: two days (with a one-night stopover in Belgrade), from the Romanian 2,000 year-old city of Cluj to the heart of Montenegro. Nevertheless, my admiration for this country is not only due to its incomparable natural beauty, but perhaps most of all to its impressive capacity to function as a state worthy of civilized living standards. This, although its population (according to 2019 data)  is only around 622,140 inhabita ..read more
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May Members Updates
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by Michael J. West
1M ago
Jazz Journalists Association members love April as Jazz Appreciation Month culminating in International Jazz Day. We hail newly inducted NEA Jazz Masters, laud and present 2024 Jazz Heroes, nominate and vote for JJA Jazz Awards (as well as in the DownBeat critics poll), attend the spring fests and prepare for the coming summer’s. So much to look forward for! We’re please several journos have taken advantage of the JJA’s discounted first-time membership deal, so we welcome: You’ll re reading more about them in the future. Speaking of reading, check out the series of eight Authors Interviews on ..read more
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Winners of 2024 JJA Jazz Awards announced: DeJohnette, McBride, Redman, Friedwald among top honorees
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by JJA Editor
1M ago
The Jazz Journalists Association has announced winners of its 29th annual JJA Jazz Awards for excellence in music and music journalism. Among top tier honors in the more than 40 categories of Awards presented  are: Excluding Lifetime and Career Achievement honors, the Awards are conferred on the basis of work done in calendar year 2023. The complete list of winners and nominees, as well as previously announced JJA Jazz Heroes, are posted at www.JJAJazzAwards.org. The JJA, a non-profit organization advancing the interests of writers, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals ..read more
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2024 Awards winners announcement delayed – Hold on ’til Monday, meanwhile view nominees
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by JJA Editor
1M ago
Announcement of the winners of the 2024 JJA Jazz Awards, the Jazz Journalists Association’s 29th annual celebration of excellence in music and music media, has been delayed from previously scheduled May 8 to next Monday, May 13. Sorry for the suspense — transient illness threw publication offtrack — fine now — please be patient! And anticipate the honors in more than 40 categories of jazz activities. See all the nominees here ..read more
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Duke, Pops, Basie suffered slings, slurs: critics flip-flopped, icons defied analysis
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by Larry Tye
1M ago
Insults couldn’t pierce the thick skin of musicians like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong or Count Basie, long accustomed to bigoted slurs and crude critique. But when reviewers blithely demeaned them as uncultured clowns, or savage beasts, something snapped Armstrong “might have come straight from some African jungle and then, after being taken to a slop tailor’s for a ready made dress-suit, been put straight on the stage and told to ‘sing,’” Hannen Swaffer, one of Britain’s best-known drama critics, wrote in the Daily Herald in 1932. A competing London rag, the Daily Express, described Satchm ..read more
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2024 Jazz Awards Nominees Announced! See them all at www.JJAJazzAwards.org!!!
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by JJA Editor
1M ago
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Michael Cuscuna, 1948 – 2024
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by JJA Editor
1M ago
Michael Cuscuna, known best as a record producer associated with Blue Note Records and co-founder of Mosaic Records, has died. A sophisticated man, devoted to creating new works by a wide range of artistically inspired musicians as well as making available comprehensive editions of historic recordings, Cuscuna was a friend to many jazz journalists, valuing high standards of documentation for his albums. The JJA extends condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, appreciating his contributions to jazz. Recommended: Cuscuna’s “from the Archives” interview with Jerry Jazz Musician ..read more
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2024 JJA Jazz Heroes: 33 stalwart supporters, all across North America
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by JJA Editor
2M ago
The Jazz Journalists Association proudly announces its slate of 2024 Jazz Heroes, people who go beyond their job titles to have have significant impact in their local communities by supporting jazz music, musicians and musical culture. Thirty-three “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz are hailed by supporters from their local communities, with JJA help nto disseminate news of the honors broadly. Read their bios and dig the diversity of efforts to present, promote and support music now, from the borderland of Baja California, Mexico – San Diego to the Lowlands of South ..read more
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JJA Awards season starts — Jazz Heroes on 4/15!
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by JJA Editor
2M ago
The Jazz Journalists Association has announced the schedule for its spring 2024 Jazz Heroes and Jazz Awards campaigns. Thirty-three “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz” in 29 locales will be celebrated with personality profiles and portraits at JJAJazzAwards.org, followed by in-person presentations to the Heroes by members of the communities from which they’ve emerged. The class of 33 Jazz Heroes represent the diversity of Americans united in loving this music — as featured in a collage of their faces, formatted for social media distribution. The 2024 Jazz Heroes live ..read more
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Jazz Appreciation Month members’ updates!
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by Michael J. West
2M ago
JJA members love jazz all year long — but April is the hippest month, and 2024 is special, as Willard Jenkins, a JJA founder, has been named a Jazz Master!!!, getting the A.B. Spellman Award for jazz advocacy, from the National Endowment for the Arts! Big time congratulations to Willard! He’s done even more than birth the JJA. Heear his NEA-produced podcast, and watch Willard’s investiture (along with fellow new honorees Amina Claudine Myers, Gary Bartz and Terence Blanchard) and the gala NEA’s tribute concert on April 14, 7:30 pm ET, on www.JJAJazzAwards.org! Also see the full display, portra ..read more
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