Crazy as it sounds, All About Jazz turned 25 today. What started as a fun hobby on August 15, 1995 is becoming a life's work and the good news is AAJ is far from a finished product. This year, in particular, has been crazy active and will culminate in the launching of a virtual jazz club and a streamed event in late October.
It's funny, back in 1997, good friend and occasional contributor Lawrence Peryer suggested I register the allaboutjazz.com domain. At the time we were using visionx.com/jazz and I was thinking, "why do I need the domain when visionx.com/jazz is so easy to remember?" :-) Well, exactly two years to the day I started AAJ, I registered allaboutjazz.com. Thank you, Lawrence!
We plan to celebrate throughout the remainder of the year and keep the party rolling well into 2021.
I'll leave you with this... shortly after I launched All About Jazz and shortly after the book The Golden Age of Jazz was published, famed jazz photographer William P. Gottlieb sent me an autographed copy and I cherish it to this day. Bill passed in 2006.
You can learn more about The Golden Age of Jazzhere.
And for a complete blast from your past, All About Jazz's original logo was a cartoon character that I created years before the website. What ever happened to the little trumpet playing jazz dude?
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