Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, just sent this welcome news:
Rifftides has been nominated for Blog of the Year in the 2018 (23rd annual) JJA Jazz Awards. Congratulations! People are reading!
Other nominees in that category are Jazz Wax by Marc Myers, Do the Math by Ethan Iverson, and Jazz Lives by Michael Steinman. Voting for the one winner (yes, a convention) is going on now — the “winner” will be announced May 7. You can see all nominees in 39 categories at JJA Jazz Awards. A Jazz Awards party is being planned for June 12 at New School Jazz premises in New York City, 4 to 7 pm.
If you are a JJA voting member, please keep us in mind.