[JPL] JazzTimes and Downbeat

David Johnson djohnso2001 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 28 18:04:06 EDT 2008

Dr. Jazz,

I wrote something about the PREX post earlier today for the Night Lights site:


BTW, completely agree (and say it in the post) that much 1950s/60s DB writing was not-so-great.  The IU School of Music library, which has an incredible repository of jazz journals, has bound volumes of DB on the shelf that I regularly peruse, and while you'll find the legends there, you'll also find a fair amount of copy that wouldn't see the light of print these days.

David Brent Johnson
WFIU-Bloomington, IN

--- On Tue, 10/28/08, Dr. Jazz <drjazz at drjazz.com> wrote:
From: Dr. Jazz <drjazz at drjazz.com>
Subject: [JPL] JazzTimes and Downbeat
To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 10:23 AM

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I previously posted an off-the-wall piece from a blogger bitching about 
jazz magazines.  My sole reason for posting such an off-base article was 
to generate what I thought would be a multitude of contrary responses.  
That has not happened. 

I ABSOLUTELY DISAGREE with the blogger's contention that JazzTimes and 
Downbeat are "bad for jazz".  If it were not for publications like 
JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz, where would our jazz community be these 
days?  As with radio, they are a seminal part of the exposure of our 
great music to the public.  With all that has happened to our community 
in the last year (IAJE, the previously discussed changes at LA Times, 
etc) I am continually buoyed by the excellence of these publications.  
They are my monthly source of jazz knowledge.


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