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August 03, 2011


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Doug Ramsey

Happy anniversary, Marc. Your knowledge, industry, productivity and use of the language give me something to shoot for.

Ray Accardi

Thank you Marc for Jazz Wax ,the Magazine appearance every morning


Marc, I'm a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to add my solo to the chorus of congratulations. I've told you most of my feelings about Jazzwax in person but it seems right to be part of your public fan club.

When we met two (?) years ago I'd never read or heard of Jazzwax. Not surprising, since for over 20 years I'd pretty much lost all interest in reading any kind of jazz publication. The writing in the printed pubs was generally abysmal, usually amateur scratchings, and the good ones had generally undependable publication schedules, often sidelined for years at a time by other endeavors.There was a nice book now and again, but it became years between them, not months. Of course, with the advent of the internet, I'd stumble upon some good stuff every once in a while, but truthfully, the approach of virtually every site that specialized in jazz followed the worst edited of "news of the day" journalism structures, and anyway, the advent of the most retrograde, unnecessary neo-conservatism exemplified by Marsalisism had soured me on virtually anything new.

I'd really given up and expected absolutely nothing from Jazzwax. My tracks and old books would have to carry me into old age.

Dutifully, I revved up your URL and was pleased to see a number of interviews with the kinds of behind the scenes heroes of mine who'd made album jackets, photographs, and of course, the actual music. They kept me occupied for a while and I lost touch. But, I kept coming back sporadically and was never disappointed. Once I fired up an iPad and a Flipboard, Jazzwax became a regular read.

There's no denying it. I read every Jazzwax post. And, like the very best writing of any kind, you thrill me even when I could care less about the styles or genres you're writing about and listen to artists who'd never floated my boat.

What a great feeling of excitement it is to care about jazz writing again. Thank you, sincerely.

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  • Marc Myers writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of "Anatomy of a Song" (Grove) and "Why Jazz Happened." Founded in 2007, JazzWax is a two-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's best blog award.

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