Eight years ago today, I launched JazzWax. At the time, my dear friend Terry Teachout insisted I start a blog, so I did. Back when Terry and I had free time, we used to meet periodically on Saturday mornings to listen to jazz for several hours. When I took Terry up on his challenge, I decided to blog six days a week, an unheard of pace at the time, but I've kept that promise to myself and to readers ever since.
For the first three years, I could squeeze time out of my schedule and interviewed every jazz great I loved and could get my hands on, starting with Louie Bellson in September 2007. Links to these interviews can be found now under "JazzWax Interviews" in the right-hand column. In 2010 I began writing for The Wall Street Journal, and all of that free time disappeared.
A big thanks to Terry (above)—and to you, my readers. Today, JazzWax (2,648 posts and 3.5 million lifetime pageviews) isn't just fun to write. It's a responsibility, since I know how many of you enjoy and count on it. On to year #9!
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