Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Chris M. Slawecki

Chris M. Slawecki has been published in music industry and related publications for more than thirty years and has served as Senior Editor since 1997.

About Me

I have served as Senior Editor for since March 1997. I served as the Jazz Voice for the from 2007 through 2013 and was one of two featured contributors to Stax Records' 50th anniversary blog/website upon the label's 50th anniversary relaunch. My first internet music journalism position was as Editor for Music Wire, the e-zine published daily by Music Boulevard for its retail site. Each day of Music Wire was devoted to a different genre of music: Monday was Country, Tuesday was Jazz and Blues, Wednesday was Pop/Rock, etc. I have served as Music Editor for retailer; contributed interviews and reviews to; contributed interviews and reviews to; and interviews, biographies, and song compilations as Jazz/Blues Editor to I wrote liner notes for Children on the Corner, a group of musicians who played with Miles Davis throughout the trumpeter's most experiemental 1970s period. My biographies of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and others, appear in Music in the 20th Century published by Sharpe Reference in 1999. I also serve as editorial consultant and on the foundation committee for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

My Jazz Story

There doesn't seem to be any standard definition of jazz. SO if there's no definition of what jazz IS, then there's no definition of what jazz is NOT. As I've grown, I've come to understand that jazz is not a separate, standalone "style" of music--jazz is a way of listening to and playing just about any and every "style" of music!

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
  2. Miles Davis - Jack Johnson
  3. Various Artists - The Chess Records Blues Box
  4. James Brown - Live and Lowdown at the Apollo, Volume 1
  5. Thelonious Monk Septet - Monk's Music
  6. Little Richard - The Essential Little Richard
  7. The Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
  8. Jade Warrior - The Island Anthology
  9. Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
  10. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!