Jazz & Pop

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Jazz & Pop
A black-and-white, psychedelic illustration of Bob Dylan. He is seen in silhouette except for his billowing hair.
Cover of the October 1967 issue of Jazz & Pop, featuring Milton Glaser's illustration of Bob Dylan
Year founded1962
Final issue1971 (1971)
CompanyJazz Press
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Jazz & Pop was an American music magazine that operated from 1962 to 1971.[1] It was launched as Jazz and managed by Pauline Rivelli, with finance provided by Bob Thiele,[2] the producer of jazz artists such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Count Basie.[3] The publication served as a rival title to Down Beat magazine,[2] which had been established in the 1930s.[4]

The title of the publication changed to Jazz & Pop in August 1967.[2] Like Down Beat, the magazine began to cover popular music as a result of the widespread cultural recognition afforded the genre following the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band;[5] in turn, mainstream American publications increasingly adopted jazz-style critiques to analyse rock music.[6] With the change of name, the magazine's editorial focus widened to include jazz music, rock, folk and blues.[2]

In its original incarnation as Jazz, the magazine's staff included jazz critics Don Heckman, George Hoefer, John Mehegan and Stanley Dance, while New York-based freelancers such as Don Riker also contributed.[7] From 1967 to 1970, its rock contributors included Gene Sculatti, Lenny Kaye and David G. Walley.[1] Also a musician, Kaye wrote an article on the doo-wop genre in Jazz & Pop that led to the start of his successful collaboration with singer and poet Patti Smith.[8] Between 1968 and 1971,[9] the editor of the magazine was Patricia Kennealy, who became romantically involved with Jim Morrison of the Doors after interviewing him for Jazz & Pop.[10] Robert Levin worked as the magazine's jazz editor,[11] while Frank Kofsky and D.C. Hunt also contributed jazz-related articles in the late 1960s.[12] When Ritchie Yorke wrote an article for the magazine disparaging rock critics, particularly Rolling Stone writer John Mendlesohn, it led to a terse response from Mendlesohn in the February 1971 issue of Phonograph Record, as he sought to justify his seemingly harsh approach to album reviews.[13]

From its early years of operation, the magazine published an annual international critics poll.[14] Referring to the 1967 poll, the website rockcritics.com recognizes it as originating from "right at the dawn of rock criticism".[15] The Pazz & Jop annual poll, founded by Village Voice critic Robert Christgau in 1971, was named in acknowledgement of the magazine. The ratings system used by Jazz & Pop was also adopted for Christgau's poll.[16]


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  2. ^ a b c d Raup, Avo. "Jazz & Pop". afka.net. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Oliver, Myrna (February 2, 1996). "Bob Thiele; Record Label Owner, Producer of Top Jazz Musicians". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Welburn, Ron (Autumn 1987). "Jazz Magazines of the 1930s: An Overview of Their Provocative Journalism". American Music. 5 (3): 255–270. doi:10.2307/3051735. JSTOR 3051735.
  5. ^ Gould, Jonathan (2007). Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press. pp. 420–21. ISBN 978-0-307-35338-2.
  6. ^ Philo, Simon (2015). British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-8108-8626-1.
  7. ^ Riker, Don (December 1965). "Steve Kuhn". Jazz. pp. 8–10.
  8. ^ Huey, Steve. "Lenny Kaye". AllMusic. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Patricia Kennealy-Morrison". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "Jim Morrison: AL Interviews Patricia Kennealy Morrison". American Legends. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  11. ^ AAJ staff (August 21, 2010). "Robert Levin: The War Is Over – A Conversation About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Cole, Bill (2001) [1976]. John Coltrane. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. pp. 254, 255. ISBN 978-0-306-81062-6.
  13. ^ Mendelsohn, John (February 1971). "John Mendelsohn, Rock Critic". Phonograph Record. Available at Rock's Backpages (subscription required).
  14. ^ Jet staff (19 February 1970). "Entertainment". Jet. p. 57. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Rock Critics admin (14 March 2014). "1967 Jazz & Pop Results". rockcritics.com. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Village Voice's 44th Pazz & Jop Music Critics' Poll". villagevoice.com. Retrieved February 23, 2017.