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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.

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I’ve mentioned CADENCE Magazine often — but perhaps not often enough — in these pages.  It has a brand-new website, http://www.cadencemagazine.com., which I urge you to visit. 

Candor requires that I say I have written reviews for the magazine for a number of years.  But I would applaud CADENCE even if they had never encouraged me to have my say.  It is the only honest jazz magazine I know . . . which sounds both irascible and contentious, but is true.  I recall that CODA did not accept advertising, but it is now defunct. 

All the other jazz journals I am aware of accept, encourage, and perhaps solicit advertising, and it is hard to imagine the situation where a reviewer might be allowed to say that the new CD by the Blenheim Palace Hot Boys was terrible if the BPHB had paid for an ad on the facing page. 

CADENCE has advertising, it is true, but it is kept to a separate section in the way that the new puppy might be kept in the kitchen.  And — as a reviewer — I have always been asked to tell the truth, and if the truth was impolitely stated, no one suggested that I could benefit from a course in good manners. 

Editor Bob Rusch is one of the great men in support of creative improvised music, and some of the most rewarding discs I know have emerged precisely because he has put his money where his beliefs are.  All this is long prelude to my happily drawing your attention to the site — as a way of encouraging you to consider subscribing to the magazine. 

My most traditionally-minded readers will at first think that the names they see in the sample pages are obscure, but (for instance) vibraphonist Mark Sherman is on Dan Block’s splendid new Ellington CD . . . and everyone is obscure to someone.  I have written about the most delightfully old-fashioned New Orleans jazz in CADENCE’s pages, so even before I wrote for the magazine, I was a happy reader. 

Check it out!