Ethan Iverson over at Do the Math pens some thoughts on the demise of JazzTimes. Thoughtful, as always.
Whenever I opened a recent issue of JazzTimes, it felt like a glossy, corporate ad for jazz education. Admittedly, I don’t have any fact and figures here: I don’t know for sure that a large percentage of the magazine ran on ads and subscribers connected not to basic jazz fans or jazz scholars, but only to the jazz education machine. But corporations follow the money no matter what and shut operations down when the pump is dry. I strongly believe that if JazzTimes had just been about jazz, not about the machine, it could have struggled on, just like jazz always has.