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The Jazz Journalists Association
is an international organization of all types of media professionals who document, promulgate, or appreciate jazz
Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States. It was born out of a mix of African and European music traditions. From its early development until the present, jazz has incorporated music from 19th and 20th...
. As of 2011, it has approximately 500 members, primarily in North America but also on other continents. The goal of the association is, "to promote high standards and respect for our works, to create a professional network, and to increase general interest in jazz." It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and as of 2011, it
The organization was founded in 1986 in Chicago, and has annual meetings which often coincide with major jazz festivals around North America. It produces a quarterly journal, Jazz Notes
, as well as a JJA News
publication, and has a great deal of information about the history of jazz on its website.
In 1997, the Association founded the Jazz Awards, which are presented for excellence in both music and journalism. The awards are presented in New York each June, and as of 2010, have 42 categories.