Another year is roaring to a close and a new one is about to begin. You can almost hear 52nd Street Theme playing as the 2009 gig winds down. This December, I find myself briefly reflective but mostly looking forward and optimistic about what's to come. It has been a rough year for many people, especially jazz musicians and jazz, thanks largely to the contracting economy. But 2010 will certainly be better than the previous two years, that's for sure. So chin up!
Traditionally, I devote the last Sunday post of the year to answering the big questions I regularly receive from readers. My assumption is that if one person asks, many may have the same questions in mind. So here they are...
How do you conduct your interviews? All of my interviews are recorded digitally and transcribed by me. As I edit and ready interviews for posting, I double-check facts that subjects might have gotten wrong from their recollections. Once interview segments are posted at JazzWax, I have the subjects review them to ensure that all has been captured accurately. Ultimately, what you read has been recorded, transcribed, carefully edited, reviewed and vetted. I'm a stickler for accuracy, and I take legends' stories and jazz history very seriously.
Where can I find all of your interviews? If you go to JazzWax and scroll down the right-hand side of the site to "JazzWax Interviews," you'll find the master list. Names are alphabetized by first name, since it's easier for the eye to scan this way. To access an interview, simply click on a blue link. In many cases, each entry has up to five parts.
How do I access the different parts of interviews? At the very top of a "Part 1," you'll see a blue "Part 2" link in parenthesis. Simply click on it, and Part 2 will appear. You can continue along this route until the interview series ends.
What's the best way to print out a page? Don't simply hit your computer's print button. You'll only run into trouble. Instead, when you see a page you want, go to the bottom of the post. There, you'll see the word "Permalink" in blue. Click on it. When the page comes up, hit your print button. This is the electronic equivalent of tearing out a single page from the JazzWax "book." Just be sure that you're printing at 100% so the content is easy to read.
Can I search your site? Yes. Just type in what you're looking for in the search engine atop the right-hand column. Just be sure that "JazzWax" is checked, not the "Web." This will ensure that you're just searching the JazzWax archive.
What is PhotoStory? PhotoStory is a series I started this year that features jazz photographers reflecting in the first person on images they took of jazz legends. To find all posts in the series, go to JazzWax and scroll down the right-hand column to "PhotoStory."
What is "Eyewitness?" "Eyewitness" is a series of first-person essays by guests on jazz artists or events they've known or witnessed. For the full series, go to JazzWax and scroll down the right-hand column to "Eyewitness."
How can I email you? Simply go to the top right-hand corner at JazzWax and click on the blue link under "Email me." Up will come an email shell. Just write and hit "send." I generally do not respond to remarks posted in the Comments section of daily posts, since this space is for one and all. But I do try to answer all emails promptly.
Where else does your content appear? JazzWax is syndicated on the home page of JAZZ.FM91 under an agreement between JazzWax and Canada's leading nonprofit radio station in Toronto. JazzWax also is reprinted daily at All About Jazz under a similar agreement.
Can I subscribe to JazzWax? Yes, and it's free. In the right-hand side, toward the top, you'll see "Subscribe for Free." You have two choices:
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A big annual JazzWax thanks to Jon Foley, who has tirelessly proofed my column each day since the blog's start in 2007. Also a special thanks to Terry Teachout, Nat Hentoff, Ira Gitler, Dan Morgenstern, Will Friedwald, Bret Primack, Hank O'Neal, David Amram, Mary Francis, Doug Ramsey, Hal McKusick, Bill Kirchner, Ross Porter, Herb Snitzer, Kurt Kolstad, David Brent Johnson, Carol Sloane, Marty Sheller, Paul Slaughter, Michael Steinman, Jan Stevens, Marla Kleman, Jerry Shriver, Jim Harrod, Angela Alig, Jason Crane, John Herr, David Langer, Peter Sokolowski, James Grogan and Stanley Cooper. You all know why.