July 14, 2009

JAZZTIMES FINDS A BUYER, WILL RESUME PUBLICATION

JazzTimes magazine, one of the world’s leading jazz publications, has found a buyer and will resume publication. Early last month, JazzTimes temporarily suspended publication of the magazine and furloughed the bulk of its staff while it finalized a sale of its assets. Now, the JazzTimes brand has been purchased by Madavor Media, a publishing group based in Boston. Madavor specializes in niche and enthusiast publications. “We are very optimistic for the magazine’s long-term future given the resources and vision of Madavor and its staff,” says JazzTimes editor Lee Mergner.

The magazine’s office in Silver Spring, Md., will not be reopened. The majority of operations will be run out of Madavor’s offices in Boston; the majority of the staff that was furloughed during the hiatus will no longer be with the publication. Mergner and managing editor Evan Haga have been retained to oversee the editorial direction.

The magazine’s June issue, which was not printed, will more than likely be published as the August issue, Mergner says.

JazzTimes was founded in 1970 as Radio Free Jazz by Ira Sabin. Its named was changed to JazzTimes in 1980 and today has a circulation of more than 100,000. In addition to traditional or mainstream jazz, it also publishes stories and reviews on smooth jazz artists.

Posted by Brian Soergel at July 14, 2009 5:55 PM