I love the format; email volleys from interesting writers (originated by Jody Rosen at Slate).  It seems quaint and proper to begin with Dear _____, but the gussied up formality plus content adds up to a kind of State of the Nation on jazz 2009.  Featuring some of my favorite music minds: Andrey Henkin, Peter Margasak, Ben Ratliff and Hank Shteamer.  Check it.  Parts 1&2 linked below, I’ll add the rest as they happen.

Part 1: A Gate Crashing Year
Part 2: Supergroup Outbreak but No Generation Gap
Part 3: Midwest Represent: Scrambling Purity, Fiercely Independent
Part 4: Hitting the Road