Newspaper Guild member Rebecca Rosen Lum has won this year’s Unsung Hero Award by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists, in recognition of “her work promoting journalistic career development for professionals and students, and advocating for fair wages and benefits for freelancers.”
Rosen Lum, chair of the freelance unit of Pacific Media Workers Guild, was honored alongside the region’s top journalists at an awards ceremony held last month in San Francisco.
Photo: Freelance unit chair-elect Bill Snyder and executive officer Carl Hall congratulate Rebecca at the SPJ dinner (Sara Steffens).
Newly published “book is a service to the music.”
By Barry CaineTravel along Jessica Levant’s path and you’ll be bathed in bebop, blues and gypsy jazz and dazzled by bursts of color and captivating images.
It’s a fascinating trip, with detours from San Francisco to New York, and New York to London before returning to the City by the Bay, where you will find copies of her newly published book “San Francisco Bay Area Jazz and Bluesicians.”
The book is packed with portraits of famous and not-so-famous musicians who Levant photographed during performance – “I like to catch what I consider the beauty in people’s passion in whatever it is they’re doing,” she says. “I’m having a ball. I get to go out, listen to music … and take pictures.”
The result is a 126-page volume whose cover features signs of the venues where she shot most of the musicians “to let readers know where most of this music can be found.” The book is available at bayareajazzandbluesicians.com, amazon.com, and selected bookstores (list price: $26.50).
Among the 117 artists featured: Bassist, composer and orchestra leader Marcus Shelby; saxophonist Noel Jewkes; drummer Art Lewis; cellist Rebecca Roudman; koto player Shirley Muramoto; singer/guitarist Joe Thomas; violinist Mads Tolling; bassist/vocalist Nat Johnson; guitarist/mandolinist Paul Mehling. And the list goes on.