The Jazz Review
|Co-editors||Nat Hentoff & Martin Williams|
|Publisher||Leonard Feldman, Israel Young|
|Founder||Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, Hsio Wen Shih|
|First issue||Nov. 1958|
|Final issue||Jan. 1961|
|Company||The Jazz Review, Inc.|
|Based in||New York City|
The Jazz Review was a jazz criticism magazine which was founded by Nat Hentoff and Martin Williams in New York City in 1958. It was published until 1961. Hentoff and Williams were co-editors throughout its brief existence (which lasted 22 issues).
Many issues of The Jazz Review are available at Jazz Studies Online which assesses its quality as follows:
While all of the material is of high quality, several features are particularly distinctive: the regular reviews of musicians' work by other musicians; Hentoff's regular column "Jazz in Print", which deals with the politics of the music business as well as of the nation; and the incorporation of a wide range of musical styles and approaches to discussing jazz.
A regular feature of The Jazz Review was "The Blues," a page of transcriptions of the lyrics from blues recordings by a variety of singers, e.g., in the seventh issue:
- "Crying Mother Blues," Red Nelson
- "Six Cold Feet in the Ground," Leroy Carr
- "Patrol Wagon Blues," Henry Allen
In addition to the magazine's founders, the following writers contributed articles to The Jazz Review:
- Joachim Berendt
- Stanley Dance
- André Hodeir
- LeRoi Jones
- Orrin Keepnews
- Paul Oliver
- Harvey Pekar
- Ross Russell
- William Russo
- Gunther Schuller
- Hsio Wen Shih
- Studs Terkel
A later California-based magazine also titled The Jazz Review, edited by Ken Borgers and Bill Wasserzieher, appeared in 1991–1992, with cover stories on Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Haden, and other artists.
- "The Jazz Review : Jazz Studies Online". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1959, page 37, accessed printed copy 2016-01-29.
- Hsio Wen Shih, who contributed an article on blues singers to the initial issue of The Jazz Review, was "an architect and expert in acoustics, ... a student of the music of many cultures", according to that issue. "The Jazz Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, Nov. 1958, page 50". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
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