Jazz mag revived?

Jazz Times, the monthly which suspended publication in May, has been bought by Madavor Media and will print an August issue produced by its familiar staff and contributors, according to today’s New York Times. Boston-based Madavor counts International Figure Skating, Volleyball and The Best of Northeast Golf among its “core titles,” having acquired Doll, a long-established UK collector’s periodical, in June 2008 and four regionally-oriented golf titles last September.


Self-described as an “enthusiast publishing firm,” Madavor was founded in 2004 by Jeffrey C. Wolk and is listed as a subsidiary of Zilpin Group LLC, publishing consultants. “The Power of Passion. The Energy of Enthusiasm” is Madavor’s motto, derived from the translation of the Sanskrit word after which it’s named. The company’s web-site states


Madavor offers unique ways to communicate with focused, enthusiastic consumers who are eager to learn more about products and events that support their interests.

The description would seem to apply well to those who seek to read about jazz.
Madavor’s purchase of Jazz Times was reported in an “Arts, Briefly” item written by New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff, based on an interview he had on Sunday with Jazz Times‘ editor-in-chief and former publisher Lee Mergner. If the acquisition is confirmed (it has not yet been posted on either Madavor or Jazz Times‘ website), it will signal the Boston company’s first venture into a music magazine field recently beset by closings due, among other things, to downturns in print advertising from record companies.
No circulation figures are readily available for Madavor’s current publications — which also include Teddy Bear and Friends. Jazz Times, located in Silver Spring, MD and founded in 1970 as Radio Free Jazz, claims 100,000 circulation, a figure not verified by published audits.

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  1. says

    This is good news. An obvious comment, nonetheless, appropriate. Maybe there is a conscious effort to reach out and save cultural media, when in an odd way, culture’s survival depends on them. A constant conversation between print and performance to rout out what is new.
    Transition incites growth and prudent moves. YET, we still have to remember that magazines will all eventually become electronic.