The Buzz: The JJA Podcast

The Buzz: The JJA Podcast

The Jazz Journalists Association podcast Theme "Big Vic" composed by John Michaels Featuring Makaya McCraven Geoff Vidaland Mark Dunlap recorded by Doug Hewitt


November 22, 2022 17 min

Willard Jenkins discussed his new book "Ain't But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story" with host Susan Brink. The title will be released on December 2, 2022 on Duke University Press.

Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant, concerts and festivals artistic director/curator, producer, writer and editor under his Open Sky banner.  Willard Jenkins’ current activity includes festival, and concert serie...

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Host Rick Mitchell discusses websites with Joe Maita of Jerry Jazz Musician and Dee Dee McNeil

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Veteran journalists on the real deal working in print and internet media.  Host Andrew Gilbert in a lively discussion with  Mike West  and Marcus J Moore

Mr. Moore has been a contributing writer with The Nation and a contributing editor with Bandcamp Daily. His coverage of soul, jazz, rap, and rock can be found at The New York Times, Pitchfork, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, The Washington Post, NPR, Rolling Stone, and The Atlanti...

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Wayne Winborne and Ashley Kahn continue their discussion.  Felix A. Grant Archivist Reuben Jackson on the ABC's of Archives.

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Wayne Winborne and Ashley Kahn have an animated, in-depth discussion about jazz archives with host Susan Brink.  Winborne is the Executive Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University - Newark.  Kahn is an author, educator, music journalist, and concert producer.

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Host Rick Mitchell talks with Larry Blumenfeld, jazz writer for the Wall Street Journal, and Carolyn McClair, President of Carolyn McClair Public Relations and longtime festival and entertainment publicist.

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Host Susan Brink talks with Richard Conde,  a NYC based photographer.. He currently serves as Senior Staff Photographer for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and is the official photographer for the Newport, Exit 0, and Jazz Mobile jazz festivals, as well as New York's famed Birdland Jazz Club.  Conde's much in-demand work which has been praised as "making the invisible visible" has appeared in numerous publicatio...

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On the latest episode of The Buzz: The JJA Podcast, host Rick Mitchell talks with longtime jazz radio programmers Linda Yohn and Cheryl K Symister-Masterson and jazz radio promo-man Mark Rini on the joys and challenges of doing what they do. The good news is, the music -- new and old -- is being played and heard. 

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May 15, 2022 30 min

A Look at Jazz Criticism with host Rick Mitchell.  Guests: John Gennari, author of Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and  a Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethic Studies at the University of Vermont  and Giovanni Russonello, Jazz Critic for the NY Times.

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Broadcast veterans Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin join host Rick Mitchell for a freewheeling analysis of what the results of the 2022 JJA Jazz Awards reveal about the current state of jazz, and jazz journalism.  

Mark Ruffin is the program director of Sirius XM’s Real Jazz channel. Neil Tesser is a longtime print journalist and jazz radio programmer currently heard on KSDS in San Diego in the series Jazz Across America. Rick Mitchell i...

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April 14, 2022 23 min
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March 31, 2022 22 min

Jazz Journalist Association President Howard Mandel introduces The Buzz and speaks about the JJA's activities.
Jazz Hero Award Associate Producer Susan Brink and Marcia Hocker discuss the Jazz Hero Award with Host Rick Mitchell.

To Learn more about the JJA Awards, visit our website:

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