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The history of the magazine dates back to Radio Free Jazz, a publication founded in 1970 by Ira Sabin when he was operating a record store in Washington, DC. It was originally a newsletter designed to update shoppers on the latest jazz releases and provide jazz radio programmers with a means of communicating with the industry. However, Radio Free Jazz grew substantially over the next decade, attracting readers and writers from around the world. In 1980, the magazine’s broader focus and appeal prompted a name change, so Radio Free became JazzTimes. In 1990, the magazine also underwent a change, receiving a bold new look that incorporated exclusive cover photography and state of the art graphic design. Since then JazzTimes has continued to evolve into what is widely regarded as the world’s leading jazz publication.

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Kansas City: Sorry But I Can't Take You

Report and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, JazzTimes, December 2006

KANSAS CITY, MO – It was like a scene out of The Godfather or Goldfinger, only it was on the storied corner of 18th and ...

Jimmy Scott: Singer Jimmy Scott Dies at 88

Obituary by Jeff Tamarkin, JazzTimes, 13 June 2014

JIMMY SCOTT, whose distinctively high contralto voice — caused by a rare genetic condition called Kallmann's syndrome — gave his music a purity and youthfulness ...

Charlie Parker: Various Artists: The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions (Mosaic Records)

Review by Geoffrey Himes, JazzTimes, 29 March 2015

TO UNDERSTAND the significance of Dial Records, a good place to start is the tune 'Relaxin' at Camarillo'. ...

John McLaughlin Discusses Mahavishnu Orchestra, Liberation Time, and More

Interview by Jim Farber, JazzTimes, 5 July 2021

Fifty years ago, he founded that epochal band and revolutionized the jazz world. Today, he's making music that reaches back to his roots, and his ...

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