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Open polls. Please vote.

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We launched three new polls today. When you have a moment, please participate in each. Voting is fast and fun. You can access all polls by clicking the “more" link below.Our three latest polls include Top Jazz City (select up to ten cities), Top Record Label (select up to ten labels) and Fantasy Festival (you're in charge of booking your festival with no budgetary considerations! select up to ten acts).

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What's cookin'.

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We have a few projects in the pipeline that we plan to launch in the coming weeks. Look for three polls: Best Jazz Cities, Best Records Labels and a Fantasy Jazz Festival poll coming in October. We're bringing back contest giveaways adding concert tickets to the mix of prizes. We're also building out our community forum section and plan to onboard some beta testers soon. One of our goals in 2019 was to build a more active and engaged community--polls, ...

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European Jazz Conference and more.

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Ian Patterson, Ludovico Granvassu and Luciano Rossetti teamed to provide comprehensive coverage from this year's European Jazz Conference in Novara, Italy. Click the “more" link (below) to read about it. Ian covered the conference, Ludovico covered the showcase festival and fringe program, and Luciano provided the photography. Christine Passarella interviewed producer/director/writer Steve Rowland about is documentary Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone and Arthur George returned to Turkey for a follow up report in his series about ...

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Tune in.

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Did you know... All About Jazz presents one, sometimes two, radio programs or podcasts a day and they're all accessible from the home page or from the RADIO link on our top navigation bar. Currently, our eclectic mix of quality programs include: Gifts & Messages with Marc Cohn, Mondo Jazz with Ludovico Granvassu, Jazz Bastard with Patrick Burnett & Michael Caldwell, World of Jazz with Bob Osborne, The Third Story with Leo Sidran, One Man's Jazz ...

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All about the musicians and bands.

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It was an extraordinary week for interviews and live coverage. All About Jazz chatted with NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, London-based saxophonist Trish Clowes, members of the rock, groove, jazz fusion band Waldo's Gift, emerging organist Matthew Whitaker, and we revisited AAJ's favorite physician... Dr. Um, err... Peter Erskine. Live coverage spanned the globe with Kamasi Washington in Hong Kong, Monty Alexander at The Avalon Theater in Maryland, Ron Carter and many others at the Detroit Jazz Festival, ...

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Finding Jazz Near You.

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In addition to chatting with some emerging artists and bands, we also interviewed Dr. Edward Green, one of the world's foremost authorities on Duke Ellington's music. Click the more link to view this past week's interviews. We spent a good portion of the week cleaning up the Jazz Near You mailing list. Officially back on track, this past week was our second consecutive week of sending without incident. We have an extensive list and we're adding folks back ...

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Optimized!

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Optimizing our pages was the name of the game this week. Google likes smaller pages, ours weren't tiny, so we worked to reduce their size without sacrificing content. In some instances, we reduced page size by 75% which should improve page relevancy and rank—at least that's how the theory goes. We also improved the appearance of both websites on tablets and phones. The most significant change was to the home page's RADIO section. We replaced the bulky Mixcloud ...

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Weekly coverage plus more visual refinements and service improvements.

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What a week! In addition to publishing 4-5 album reviews a day, we also interviewed Eliane Elias, Chick Corea, the Israeli trio Shalosh, and Wallace Roney. We also remembered trumpeter Maynard Ferguson while AAJ's Mark Holston wrapped up his three part coverage entitled “Back to Brazil." Many of these articles are accessible from the home page either from the Feature Stories box or from the Articles box (click the green “next" arrow to load the next four articles). ...

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By design.

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We made great strides this week with the website redesign effort. Most of our important pages have been upgraded and look sharp. Decluttering was a priority and you'll notice most pages require less scrolling, load faster, and improved object placement will help you better navigate from page to page or find content you value most. Our goal is to complete the redesign project by the end of the month then return to the community forum project. Make a ...

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Looking good and more on the server.

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We're not quite out of the woods on the server migration project (a few significant items remain), but we hope to have all related issues resolved this time next week.The good news is website stability has returned and if you have visited us over the last few days you probably noticed a faster, more responsive website. We worked diligently over the last four weeks to get to this point though we did experience a few a-ha moments along ...


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