Meet Sammy Stein
What do you like most about All About Jazz? The freedom I get with having my own column, the encouragement I have had from feedback and editors and the positive responses I am getting to my articles from musicians, readers and bands. The reception I got when I started doing it. In my other writing I am limited to word counts and the publisher's rules and style but with AAJ I have more freedom and even if I sometimes break a rule or two, the editors are supportive and comments from readers are good. For a writer, that makes a lot of difference. Musicians ask if I will listen to their material and perhaps review it. If I like it, it opens up new avenues in music for me. For my next project I would love to work with a musician on a book as I think that would be a fascinating complete project. AAJ does not allow itself to become stale or to be put in a box but is as changing as the jazz scene itself.
Sammy Stein at All About Jazz.