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Back in the day there was something most gratifying about lifting open the shiny front page of a magazine and peeking inside. You'd have to spend some time studying the cover first, checking out the features, and deciding what you thought of this month's action. Then, after spending a second or two checking out what was being hawked on page two and three, you could flip forward to the table of contents and beyond.

Sure. That was before multimedia , interactive forums , java menus, global content, and searchable archives that extend all the way back to the beginning of time. This is a point-and-click world, and while paper has a certain friendly heft to it, the internet presents absolutely no page limit. Tens of thousands of those, in the case of All About Jazz.

It's a good thing you don't have to tote all that paper around. Every day there's a new heap tossed on the pile.

And in case you're wondering if all that weight makes us dour, have no fear. We make a point of not taking ourselves too seriously, especially as regards our publisher's unusual relationship with comic book heroes.

The internet has revolutionized the way we look at (and listen to) music. That's the topic of the month on our Bulletin Board, as well as the subject our publisher is prepared to address at next month's IAJE conference in New York. You can jump right in at any time and see what regular people have to say about it, or instead come and hobnob with the insiders at the conference itself. We'll be there, don't worry.

We've also introduced a new series called "Catching up with..." where you can question, converse with, and hear directly from pianist George Colligan and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt . So far about 170 posts have piled up, and that's just the beginning. Read, for example, how Colligan played for the President of Poland, how he discovered the organ, and what he thinks about record labels and politics (never the twain shall meet).

Check out the brand new art galleries we've gathered, including pencil sketches by Brunella Marinelli of Ravenna, Italy; black and white photos by Tato Riquelme of Argentina; full color action shots by Scott Chernis of San Francisco; and a month's worth of Zorny celebration in New York by Peter Gannushkin .

And of course, with this being the holiday season, we've gathered our usual huge collection of holiday music reviews and articles , plus a few timely suggestions to tuck under the tree for your loved ones.

Put on your heavy socks, sit by the fire, click open the home page , and see where it leads you. We're real eager to see what's down the road in 2004, and we hope you'll join us for the ride.

First up: our Top Ten Records of 2003. Stay tuned...


Photo credits:
Ben Webster by Brunella Marinelli .
Jeremy Pelt by Jimmy Katz .


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