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Contribute to All About Jazz

All About Jazz's staff is comprised of volunteer writers, editors, techies, musicians, industry pros and visual artists—all of whom care deeply about the music and how jazz is represented to the public. AAJ reports on music from around the globe combining knowledge and passion to inform and entertain our readership. We continually augment our staff with like-minded individuals who share our vision and value our mission.

Whether it is a single contribution or active involvement, we accommodate our writers and work with their schedules. Please review the topics below and if interested, contact the appropriate editor or section curator regarding next steps or submit a writing sample to us.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Album Reviews

From the latest new releases, resissues, boxed sets, on vinyl, CD or digital, we cover it all and work directly with musicians, publicists and record labels who source the promotional material. All About Jazz has published album reviews every day since 1997 and we continue to work with our staff to ensure music is easily secured.

Interested? Contact Chris May


From emerging artists and unsung heroes to established stars—you determine who you interview as long as the subject works within the editorial purview of the website and he/she has not been interviewed at All About Jazz within the last three years.

Interested? Contact Ian Patterson

Concert, festival and conference coverage

From intimate venues to mega festivals to industry trade conferences, All About Jazz continually covers live jazz globally. Whether it is guest lists or press passes, entrance to all spaces is free as long as you provide timely coverage.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Local Coverage (Blogging)

Put yourself in the center of the action by filing a monthly "Street Date" report on jazz happenings in your area including upcoming concerts of note, new venue openings, festival line-ups, the movers & shakers or whatever will keep local jazzers in the know. Your reporting will be posted to All About Jazz, your local Jazz Near You website, and included in the weekly All About Jazz newsletter. Here's an example of a Street Date: Cleveland post.

Interested? Contact John Chacona

Jazz Near You City Administrator

We're looking local representatives from every Jazz Near You city to ensure our listings are current and complete. Whether it's overseeing the calendar, merging duplicate venue listings or marking them as permanently closed, ensuring our listings are accurate is essential.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Radio Programs and Podcasts

We're always looking to add new radio programs and podcasts to our already impressive schedule of shows. Music or talk, we consider all programs for inclusion.

Interested? Contact Michael RIcci

Video Curator

We're looking for someone to pick one cool and compelling video every week that we can present at All About Jazz.

Interested? Contact Michael RIcci

Building a Jazz Library

Are you knowledgeable about a particular jazz style, era or musician? If so, help your fellow jazz enthusiasts discover the essential recordings for a given topic. Here are a few examples that best represent a Building a Jazz Library article: Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile, Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums and CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost).

Interested? Contact Chris May

Book & Film Reviews

Review the latest books and films about jazz. Books are provided by the publisher or the author and film screenings typically involve receiving a passcode.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Book Excerpts

All About Jazz collaborates with authors and book publishers to publish excerpts from recently released jazz books. Check Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century by Phil Freeman, Ode to a Tenor Titan by Bill Milkowski and The Ballad Of Tommy LiPuma by Ben Sidran for relative length.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Academic Papers

We invite academics who are writing about jazz history, sociology, theory and jazz culture, to consider submitting their papers to our column "Jazz in Long Form.” Learn more about "Jazz in Long Form.”

Interested? Contact Kurt Ellenberger

Photo Journals (In Pictures)

"In Pictures" is All About Jazz's photo column where we publish a collection of photos (or art) as an article. From live event coverage (e.g. "The Newport Jazz Festival") to themes (e.g. "Jazz Guitarists"). All About Jazz helps photographers secure press credentials to a festival or a live event. Learn more about "In Pictures."

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Jazz Fiction & Jazz Poetry

All About Jazz collaborates with authors and book publishers to publish jazz fiction and poetry. Examples: Interruptions On A Christmas Eve by Arthur R George, Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part 1 by Dan McClenaghan, and Solo Monk: A Poem by Steve Kowit.

Interested? Contact Dan McClenaghan

Liner Notes

All About Jazz is collaborating with musicians and record labels to publish album liner notes, past and present. For musicians and record labels, this opportunity represents a creative and effective way to promote a new, reissued or past release.

Our Liner Notes pages are optimized for search engines and include the following elements: the album name, the album cover art, the complete text, the track listing, the personnel, the record label, the year released, and a purchase link.

View this example by Ian Patterson for the album Passenger by Morten Schantz. You can view our ever growing liner notes archive here. We're looking for pieces that tell a story, not acknowledgements.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Opinion Pieces / Big Questions

Have something you would like to get off your chest? Have a keen observation to share or a Big Question to ask our readers? All About Jazz publishes thought provoking and comment soliciting articles regularly and you are invited to participate.

View this Big Question example. Our Opinion and Highly Opinionated articles can be found via an advanced search.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Reminiscing / Reflective Stories (The Jazz Life)

Musicians are invited to contribute their experiences from the road, from the studio, or wherever their jazz life has taken them. Check out The Jazz Life archive. Fans are also invited to contribute their jazz stories.

Interested? Contact Peter Rubie

Spotify Playlist Contributor

Create an ongoing series of Spotify Playlists based on All About Jazz content. For instance, contributors can create a playlist based on the results from the All About Jazz Favorite Living Guitarists readers poll or from our Building a Jazz Library archive or simply a thematic collection of music that our readers would enjoy. Playlists are created from the All About Jazz Spotify account and will require account access. Existing playlists include: Song of the Week Roundup 2022, Jazz Menagerie, More Than Meets The Eye: Pat Martino, The Exotic Sounds of Gabor Szabo, Jazz Walk-Up Music and Yule Dig It.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Section Editors & Administrators

Ensuring our listings and information are accurate and complete is our top priority and we continually look for musician page administrators, venue listing administrators, and album / discography administrators. If you have time to help All About Jazz but prefer not to write articles, then consider our administrative positions.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci

Play This!

Play This! is a column for anyone in our community who is excited about sharing their prized musical discoveries (past or present) with our readers. If you love a particular album or a song that exudes "zazz" and want others to share in the joy, Play This! is for you. Keep your intro text punchy; 150 words max. The goal is to encourage the reader to click the play button, so be convincing.

Interested? Contact Michael Ricci | View Profile


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