The Jazz Review

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The Jazz Review
Co-editorsNat Hentoff & Martin Williams
CategoriesMusic magazine
PublisherLeonard Feldman, Israel Young
FounderNat Hentoff, Martin Williams, Hsio Wen Shih
Year founded1958
First issueNov. 1958
Final issueJan. 1961
CompanyThe Jazz Review, Inc.
Based inNew 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.[1]

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:[2]


In addition to the magazine's founders, the following writers contributed articles to The Jazz Review:

Later incarnation[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "The Jazz Review : Jazz Studies Online". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  2. ^ The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1959, page 37, accessed printed copy 2016-01-29.
  3. ^ 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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