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Rebuilding from the ground up

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Much of 2020 was spent pivoting the All About Jazz platform and making the necessary adjustments to adapt to the fallout of COVID-19. Like everyone else, All About Jazz was impacted and continues to feel the economic pinch of the pandemic. It is a precarious time, but we recognized what we were up against back in January and got to work. We spent the year making sweeping changes to the technologies that power All About Jazz & Jazz ...

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More Blast from our Past: Jazz Backstage

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All About Jazz collaborated with Joe Vella at Jazz Online to produce Jazz Backstage, a series of brief audio stories. Short lived, these six episodes ran from August to October 2011. Jack DeJohnette Musicians and drummers, in particular, across all genres have been blown away by the work of Jack DeJohnette. Whether Jack is leading his own groups or playing behind a cast of world class artists, his drumming is always fresh, inspired and most of all, ...

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2020 is the Year of the Jazz Guitar Album

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One of the categories of jazz I love most is modern jazz guitar. And 2020 has been a banner year with more releases in this category than any year in memory by some of the finest guitarists in the world.This playlist has now expanded to more than 20 albums. And what makes this an amazing year for jazz guitar is that I rate all of these albums from good to great.I won't try to give an ...

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Playing With Playlists

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Some years in jazz are famous. Most notably was 1959 when some of the most groundbreaking albums of all time were released such as Kind of Blue, The Shape of Jazz to Come, Mingus Ah Hum, Time Out, and Giant Steps. But I don't own just those, I own 61 albums that were released in 1959—albums by Sun Ra, Art Pepper, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Donald Byrd, and Thelonious Monk. Yes, jazz is endless. In the ...

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Blast from our past... AAJme: a short but sweet run

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In the early years of All About Jazz we experimented with our content, presenting it in different formats. Our RSS feeds and our content widgets are still available today but our digital edition (PDF) which was the precursor to the (also) discontinued printed newspapers, was short-lived, only lasting five issues. Advertising support, which we counted on, never materialized. Still, it was fun while it lasted and it looked great. As we described it... All About Jazz ...

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More Contests, More Winners!

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We'd like to thank everyone who entered the SMOKE Sessions giveaway making it our most successful contest to date. With the growing popularity of our contests we decided to launch a new one every two weeks for the remainder of the year. Look for Diskonife Records and MoonJune Records next and be sure to enter our Summit Records giveaway which launched yesterday. In addition to Smoke Sessions Records, previous contest sponsors included Whaling City Sound, Outside In Music, ...

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Bird at 100

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Charlie Parker turns 100 today and All About Jazz turned 25 two weeks go... pour me a double! AAJ is doing its part to pay tribute to Bird with a collection of stories by jazz musicians from emerging talents (Brian Landrus) to living legends (Sonny Rollins). Read our tributes here. We plan to collect and post more in the coming weeks. We also encourage you to post to the comments section associated with the article. More ...

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Celebrating 25 years online!

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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 ...

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All About Rudy! Binge-Worthy Content—Early August Edition

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Make a modest donation to All About Jazz and we'll deliver an ad-free experience for entire year! Donate today and your support will help fund our virtual jazz club project. You can learn more about our upcoming projects and our past achievements here. What's New All About Rudy Royston! Read our interview then read our review of Rudy's latest record PaNOptic. Rudy joins Bill Frisell on his new release Valentine. Need a pick-me-up? Watch Bill, Rudy and Thomas ...

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502, and the move to end all moves...

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As my high school wrestling coach used to say, “no pain, no gain." Well, that adage certainly applies to our server migration project. With new servers, a new architecture and a new framework (coming soon), we fully expected to hit a few snags along the way. The good news is we're identifying issues and resolving them faster than before, which means the bulk of the post-migration issues are mostly behind us. Hallelujah! If you received a 502 error ...


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