[jja-announce] this week's Jazz Matters

JJA, President president at jazzjournalists.org
Sun Mar 7 13:27:05 EST 2010

Dear members -- the JJA is resuming its occasional "Jazz Matters" programs
at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program's New York City
performance space on Tuesday, March 9 at 6 pm, with young scholars
presenting their masters' thesis work on Jack Teagarden, Sonny Sharrock and
Django Reinhardt. Admission is free.

Alex Rodriguez, Jared Negely and Paul Brady are students in Lewis Porter's
Jazz History and Research masters degree program at Rutgers University --
all three attended the JJA's January conference meetings. Older JJA members
spoke of wanting to learn what these younger scholars see and hear in the
musicians they're concentrating on, and also wanting to understand how
younger people think about jazz scholarship programs. David Adler is
moderating the presentations and discussion, which will be audio captured
and videotaped. Information on posting of that documentation will follow
(eventually). Please come to the meeting -- 6 pm Tuesday March 9, New School
5th floor performance space, 55 W. 13th St. NYC, if you can.

ALSO: nominations for the 2010 Jazz Awards are still being accepted -- all
nominations are due by next Monday, March 15. Please visit Jazzhouse.org for
a ballot, if you haven't started yours yet, and send completed ballots to
JazzAwardsNoms at jazzjournalists.org. When you have made you nominations,
contact me (president at jazzjournalists.org) for a digital button you can put
on your website announcing that you nominate for the JJA Jazz Awards. It's a
good online promotional doodad.

See the new JJA website about the Awards --
http://www.jjajazzawards.org/Don't be fooled by the organization that
is promoting
www.JazzAwards.com -- we are trying to find out who's behind that (but I
suspect it's the group that promoted itself as producing jazz awards in LA
last year, which simply didn't occur).

Yes, you have to be a member in good standing of the JJA in order to
nominate OR vote in the 2010 Jazz Awards. If you are facing financial
hardship that prohibits the $75 dues at this time, please contact me
directly to enquire about negotiating a dues deferment. However, the JJA has
not raised its dues in more than 10 years -- and our core membership
believes that $75 is a low fee for the news and information, networking
opportunities, Jazz Awards participation, behind-the-scenes negotiating and
up-front workshop training the JJA has done and plans to kick up a notch or
two. Good things are in the works for the JJA, if we can ride out the
economic downturn and shift of media to online formats.

Please stay with us! Renew your membership by using your charge card at:
or send a check made out to the Jazz Journalists Association to: Gene
Marlow, 235 Adams St., Apt. 7A, Brooklyn NY 11201.

thanks, Howard Mandel

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