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November 14, 2010


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Mel House


I, too, have always wondered why the early Downbeat and Metronome magazines aren't digitally archived and made available online. What a wealth of interesting and informative material they could provide us!


Also notable are the matching shirt and socks, the phallic dunce cap, and the way he's biting his tongue while ogling the thighs.
I clicked through to Columbia archives, and tested it by entering my favorite tenor, James Clay, in the search field. All I got was a syllabus for a jazz guitar class, which included personnel listings for the recommended albums.
Cadence magazine still sells back issues, but there's no online database. (Lots of good interviews though.)

Sean Singer

The Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark has complete copies of Downbeat, Metronome, and every other jazz periodical from the beginning until now.

Albert Haim

I read with great interest your exhortation for the digitization of Metronome and Downbeat. Another interesting magazine -- a good candidate for digitization-- is Orchestra World. I understand that about 20 volumes were published between 1925 and 1954. They are part of the the Performing Arts Research Collections at the New York Public Library.

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