Zx1 pocket camera stars at 2009 Jazz Awards!

I love My Youtube! — now hosting video clips from my handy new Kodak go-anywhere device of jazz celebs, players and presenters at the Jazz Journalists Association’s 13th annual Jazz Awards party at the Jazz Standard (NYC) June 16, shot by debuting cinematographer R. Mandel.

Brief bits of Hank Jones, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Jane Bunnett‘s Spirits of Havana, flutist Frank Wess, trombonist Roswell Rudd, Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall, singers Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling. A worthy Jazz Foundation pitch and SESAC toasts all the nominees! So easy to edit I’m going to re-view early Godard for jump-cut tips. So easy to upload I’m going to rethink reporting, interviewing and self-publishing strategies and techniques.

I’ve seldom been an early adaptor adoptor (or an easy adaptor), typically fighting technological change/upgrade/adaption needs but to be able to upload easily edited, even slightly amusing clips (crude as first attempts tend to be) viewable to the online universe is simply Irresistible. And once they’re there, they’re easy to import here:

Of course this music is copyrighted to Charles Tolliver — I’m only putting up a glimpse as one in a series documenting some of the Jazz Awards (I asked Charles’ permission). 
Now I’m on the browse for music journalists or frequent writers on any of the arts currently incorporating video clip and other digital media into their blogs as natural extension of reporting for poor old-fashioned radio/newspapers/magazines. I’m sure there must be many t and I’ve just been oblivious. I know mostly the work of Bret “JazzVideoGuy” Primack, admiring (for instance) his eminently viewable, intimate interviews with Sonny Rollins. Other recommendations? 

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  1. says

    Welcome to the club, Howard. I hope there will be a thousand other Jazz Video Guys to document this music and the remarkable people who create it. With the advent of high quality, low cost camcorders, computer editing and YouTube, there’s no reason that folks like yourself can make this a vehicle for your creativity.
    HM : Thanks Bret – I hope you mean there’s no reason folks like me CAN’T make this a vehicle — and we plan to, I hope following your examples.

  2. says

    Hi Howard,
    I of course recommend Jazz it Up!, the online jazz series I host. We not only show performance excerpts; we also feature jazz news, vintage footage, a memorial section, jazz education, profiles, etc. It’s interesting that my fellow jazz critics (I’ve been actively writing about jazz professionally since the early ’90s) have had very little to say about Jazz it Up!, yet the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has recognized our value.
    An episode of Jazz it Up! from season one was nominated for a Global Media Award in the Long Form-Entertainment category last year. We were competing against programs by Disney, MTV and TMZ (the MTV show won).
    Plus, not only are we available online (2.3 million viewers of our 16 episodes thus far) but via mobile too (Apple iPhone).
    Considering our pioneering adaption (adoption?) of video, the Internet and email technology (our distribution method), I would’ve hoped that my fellow journalists would have, at the least, reviewed an episode or the series itself.
    But, alas, we intend to keep swingin’ nonetheless.
    Look forward to seeing you at the jazz museum on July 25th.
    Greg Thomas
    HM: My ignorance of Jazz It Up! is about to be remedied.
    Greg’s reference to the Jazz Museum on July 25 is about me being on a panel titled Jazz Journalists in Conversation with Musician/Writers on Saturday July 25th, from 10am-4pm, at the museum’s visitor’s center 104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C. (free)