Have you heard about the boom on Mizar5?
First, I'd like to say a few words about being an editor for All About Jazz. Even though realtime
life had me step back as an editor for a while, this can perhaps inspire others to sign up! The
job description is simple, to edit incoming reviews by various contributors. You never know
what will be next, what artist or style you'll be reading about. This is a nice surprising element
I enjoy very much. And it's also very handy to learn about new music this way!
The work itself requires a sense for the English/American language, of course. And has a few
basic and often practical or technical guidelines. In general, contributors are free to write in
their own style and voice. As such, editing is never the same, never boring and always a
challenge in the most positive meaning of the word. Another nice aspect is the opportunity to
communicate and become friends with other people.
Contributors as well as editors hail from different backgrounds, with one main thing they
share: commitment to spread the word about music. Good music. So, if you happen to be
reading this and feel an itch to join the editorial staff, please do. Visit the AAJ Contributor
Center and click the appropriate links. Thank you!
My day job. I am a freelance (copy)writer/journalist/editor/publicist in the Netherlands since
2000. I mainly worked for a Dutch publishing company in the city of Maastricht and wrote,
edited and translated (Dutch - English) books about cities and regions in the Netherlands and
Belgium. In between the book projects there was all kinds of writing and editing: websites,
soccer magazines, children's stories, brochures and regional/local rags. I also wrote (in
English) for Crossroads Magazine, an initiative of the European Journalism Centre in
Maastricht. Crossroads was for expatriates living in Maastricht.
In 2004, I started Mizar5 (www.mizar5.net) a Steely Dan related website about music people,
trivia and 'stuff'. I'm passionate about good music and jazzy 'stuff'. Mizar5 continued as
Mizar6 since I abandoned the Steely Dan theme (although we stray not far from it
apparently.......) and is not frequently updated anymore.
Currently, I work as a contributing editor at Puurzaam Magazine, which is a quarterly
magazine published by the Gulpener Beer brewery in the south of the Netherlands. They're a
small independent family brewery and the first in the Netherlands to change their production
and business ethics focusing on sustainable energy and organic ingredients. And naturally,
beer & music's a match made in heaven.
I haven't been contributing to All About Jazz for some time now due to an extended furry
family of rescued dogs and cats who need a lot of TLC, but hope to be back writing CD
reviews soon again.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because...
It's all about life.
And everything in between.