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WITH YOUR HELP . . . CADENCE MAGAZINE LIVES ON!

Since 2003, I have written for CADENCE — a truly independent journal of creative improvised music — and I was heartbroken when I heard it might cease publication at the end of the year.  It gives me great pleasure to print this letter from the magazine’s new publisher:

Dear Cadence Magazine Subscribers:

Hello, my name is David Haney.  I have been a subscriber to Cadence Magazine.  I am also a pianist and composer.  Some of you may have read reviews of my music in Cadence.  Over the past eleven years, I have successfully worked with Cadence to complete 14 albums for C.I.M.P. Records and Cadence Jazz Records. Recording for Cadence/CIMP has been a great boon and I have always appreciated Cadence‘s non-commercial approach.

I now face my most daunting task: to maintain the standards of excellence established by the previous publishers, and to steer Cadence toward a new generation of readers in a viable format that ensures the future of Cadence, the Independent Journal of Creative Improvised Music.  The content will remain the same, including columns and reviews from many of the existing Cadence writers.  The format will change to include an online site hosting Cadence Magazine plus an annual print edition.  The new Cadence contains a few new features such as “Jazz Stories – A Video History”; video interviews with living jazz masters.  There is also a new section targeting higher educational needs with resources such as lesson plans, crosswords, and contests.

I am excited at this new endeavor and hope you will be too.  With over 25 years experience in magazine publishing, I have dealt with many of the same difficulties that Cadence has experienced.

I am ready to go.  I do need your help though. Cadence is a community and in this spirit, I need the readership to step forward.  We need financial contributors and we need you to renew your subscription as soon as possible.  We are accepting subscription pre-orders for the January 2012 launch date.

CADENCE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION PRICES (includes First-Class shipping):

Single subscription (online plus annual PRINT edition):

One year: $65 / Outside USA: $70

Two years: $120 / Outside USA: $130

Annual PRINT edition only (without online features):

One year: $30 / Outside USA: $35

Two years: $55 / Outside USA: $65

College and institutional subscriptions: multiple users can access Cadence Magazine online.  Order also includes two copies of the print edition.

One year: $300, multi-year discounts available.

See the link at WWW.CADENCEMAGAZINE.COM

Or send your contributions and orders to:

CADENCE MAGAZINE, P.O. BOX 282, RICHLAND, OR 97870

Contact us by email at CADENCEMAGAZINE@GMAIL.COM

or call (315) 289-1444

We also need a host of volunteers and contributors.  We are seeking photographers, writers, reviewers, artists, proof-readers, transcribers, “Short Takes” correspondents and more.  I invite you to lend your talents to the historic magazine and join us in chronicling jazz history.

Call me if you have questions (315-289-1444).  I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

David

A comment from JAZZ LIVES: I don’t think I spend that much energy asking or telling my readers how they should spend their money.  I think it would be impudent of me to do so, unless I could say, “This is something that gives great value and enlightenment for your dollar(s).”  CADENCE is and has been just that way: honest in an environment where honesty isn’t always present; witty, sharp, full of feeling and perception.  And I would say this if I were not writing for it and hoping to write for it more in future.  It deserves your support.

JOEL PRESS, SWING EXPLORER

joel-press

Photograph by Herb Snitzer

When I get a boxful of compact discs to review from CADENCE — the honest jazz magazine* — I am full of anticipation.  It’s a jazz birthday party in my apartment, as I find a knife to cut through the tape and unwrap the newspaper protecting the CDs.  Now, my first reactions aren’t always trustworthy.  Sometimes a CD I greet with glee turns out to be dull.  And occasionally something that looks tepid jumps right out of the chamber into my heart. 

This time, the box included a new CD by saxophonist Joel Press (known far and wide in Newton, Massachusetts and the Boston jazz scene) and pianist Kyle Aho.  It’s called UNTYING THE STANDARDS (Cadence Jazz Records 1204) and I admire it tremendously — for the way it balances “traditionalism” (the loving respect for the original melodies and a seductive rhythmic pulse) and “freedom” (brave explorations outside and inside).  I expect I will have more to say about this CD soon. 

But, for the moment, I would urge you to visit Joel’s site — www.joelpress.com. — to see a video clip of him blowing the blues with a purring tone and high emotional intensity, rocking back and forth as if caught wholly by jazz.  And you can read his own reminiscences of musicians and scenes past, although he is no museum exhibit himself.  In addition, you can read my own 2006 review of his CD, HOW’S THE HORN TREATING YOU? — where I couldn’t restrain my enthusiasm.  He’s someone you ought to know.  And I’m going back to my slow savoring of his new CD — an aesthetic meal too rich to be gobbled up in a sitting.

*This isn’t the place to launch into polemic, because I wrote this post to praise Joel Press — but I mean “honest” in that CADENCE separates the advertisements and the reviews, which is not typical of jazz magazines.  If editors of other magazines wish to respond to this and say why a glowing review on page 8 and an ad on page 9 poses no conflict of interest as they see it, I would be happy to discuss the issue with them in this blog.