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June 9th, 2009

JazzTimes Suspends Publication

Not that this sort of news is the least bit surprising anymore, but long-running, leading jazz magazine JazzTimes — closing in on 40 years on newsstands — has suspended publication. Can’t really say it rips a huge hole in our collective psyche and devastates our cultural enrichment when magazines like Blender and Harp and Resonance go under, but losing JazzTimes and its excellent content is a blow not only to readers, but to a genre of music that’s been hurting in recent decades and continues to struggle for coverage. Hopefully, as JazzTimes‘ statement suggests, the magazine can make a comeback, but as with any struggling publication in today’s economy, it seems iffy:

An Important Message From JazzTimes Management
By JazzTimes

To our readers and members of the jazz community:

JazzTimes has temporarily suspended publication of the magazine and has furloughed the bulk of its staff while it finalizes a sale of its assets. The brand and operation will undergo reorganization and restructuring in order to remain competitive in the current media climate. Print publishing is expected to resume as soon as a sale is closed. New information and statements will be posted at www.jazztimes.com as they become available.

Thank you for your patience during this challenging period.

JazzTimes Management

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