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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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Read "Optimized!" written by Michael Ricci

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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Good week... good progress... good boy!

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With another week like this one, All About Jazz will be fully restored. It will also be faster, more secure, and will easily support our expansion efforts. We got our heads around the database issues that caused AAJ to slow down or time out and we made continual improvements to greatly reduce latency. Matter of fact, the site goes through long stretches where it's blazing fast and that will soon become the norm. We also restored mail and ...

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Move status, continued.

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I figured it was time for a new post on website status as we continue to address post-migration (to the cloud) issues. A combination of compatibility (between the two environments and PHP versions), compliance (for mail), and complexity (more considerations for cloud-based computing) has caused unexpected challenges for us. Undeterred, we're working diligently to resolve all outstanding issues. We also brought in experts to actively support our efforts. Though this move was essential, the resultant work has proven ...

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