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
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
I enjoy very much. And it's also very
handy to learn about new music this
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
communicate and become friends with
Contributors as well as editors hail from
different backgrounds, with one main
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
Center and click the appropriate links.
My day job. I am a freelance
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
Belgium. In between the book projects
there was all kinds of writing and
soccer magazines, children's stories,
brochures and regional/local rags. I also
English) for Crossroads Magazine, an
initiative of the European Journalism
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
only updated whenever the surf's up for
something fun or interesting.
Until 2019 I worked as a contributing
editor at Puurzaam Magazine for eight
years, 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
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 loads of
other obligations and an extended furry
family of rescued dogs and cats who
need a lot of TLC, but I do 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.