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Meet Maxim Micheliov

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Although there's one important hobby left—cycling. I like going on 4-5 hour rides to the Vilnius countryside. There's nothing better for me than such solitary trips.



What role does jazz music play in your life?
This is a very difficult question for me. I really don't know. Jazz is the central axis of everything I do during the last few years. My hopes and aspirations, my personal development and work—it is all about jazz. :-)



How does writing about jazz contribute to the music itself? A lot of people including myself have a strong interest in context. In other words, although music speaks for itself, our perception and understanding of its abstract language might greatly depend on familiarity with the background. Also a written word is still the most common media. Acquaintance with music usually starts from reading words about it.



What do you like most about All About Jazz?

As a reader I enjoy the quality, diversity and immense size of the website. It contains enormous amounts of high quality and well-sorted content. I particularly like the interviews.



As a contributor I value the exposure that my work receives at All About Jazz. Having my name firmly associated with names of my idols in Google—thank you All About Jazz!



As a developer acquainted with the website from the "inside" I really respect our architecture. Well you can experience that too. From the calendar to a single event, to a venue, then off to a musician, an article, an image, then back to the calendar—the system provides ultimately wide and deep access to jazz information. In the ocean of information chaos this is an absolutely unique resource.



What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz?

Working in web development, design and marketing for All About Jazz allows me to combine my passion for jazz with my professional occupation. Perhaps it sounds a bit naive, but I sincerely believe that each work day of my life serves the community and does some good in the (jazz) world. Not everyone can feel that way!



Another and more specific thing, this association gives me great confidence. With All About Jazz to back me up, I feel comfortable and confident to approach literally anybody in jazz.



Maxim Micheliov at All About Jazz.


Photo Credit Page 1 (with Howard Riley): courtesy of Valerij Anosov Page 2 (with Ran Blake): courtesy of Valerij Anosov

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