Until recently I’ve been writing about the Victoria and Vancouver Island jazz scenes in Victoria’s Monday Magazine and Coda, Canada’s national jazz magazine. Unfortunately financial challenges at both publications have put this writing on hold for the time being.
The good folks at Monday will still cover the jazz scene when they can and, of course, Joseph Blake at the Times Colonist writes about local players and CD’s now and again, but the reality is that jazz on Vancouver Island is getting even less coverage than it was before.
I am pleased to report that the Victoria bimonthly Boulevard Magazine currently features one of my articles in their March-April edition and other pieces should be appearing in forthcoming issues. The current article is entitled “Musical Leap of Faith” and can be found at the following link (on page 98). It’s all about the jazz vespers scene in our area and includes interviews with musicians like Phil Dwyer, Ron Hadley, and Mike Broadley, along with comments from organizers and the jazz vespers audience.
The challenges at Monday and Coda are just a small part of a wider print media trend that is seeing print publications fall like flies, or at the very least reduce their content as they fight for advertising dollars. I hope I’m wrong but at the moment I don’t have a lot of faith that this trend will change.
Enter Island Jazz
As a result, I’ve decided to launch a jazz blog that may eventually turn into a full-fledged website. My plan is to feature events and players in our area, including all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. I’ll also look at the Lower Mainland and other areas (even New York) as they relate to what is going on here.
What You Can Do
Hopefully, word-of-mouth will get the message out that jazz is getting covered again and musicians and others will forward information to me for inclusion in the blog. I plan to update it at least weekly, but it may actually become much more frequent depending on the volume of material. If you are a musician, subscribe (it’s free) and send me your press releases and let other players know that they can do the same. If you are a jazz fan, subscribe (free also) and encourage others to do so as well. I’d also love to hear from anybody who has any thoughts on what I’m doing (support, suggestions, etc.).
Please consider, as well, linking Island Jazz to your own websites.
Contacting Me and Subscribing
You can contact me at jazzontheislandATgmailDOTcom (replace the all caps with the appropriate symbols).
You’ll find subscription information on the right hand side of the page.
Thanks and here’s to jazz not only here but everywhere!
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