Swing Journal, Long-Standing Jazz Magazine, to be Suspended in June

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TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Swing Journal, a long-standing monthly magazine that has led the jazz culture of postwar Japan, is being suspended with its July edition that goes on sale on June 19, mainly due to dwindling advertisement revenues, its publisher said Monday.

The magazine, first published in 1947, played a central role in expanding the musical genre's reach in the country, by featuring such renowned players as Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and Japanese musicians Sadao Watanabe and Terumasa Hino.

“We will make efforts to revive it somehow," said Takafumi Mimori, the magazine's editor in chief.

Makoto Ozone, a jazz pianist, expressed disappointment with the magazine's imminent suspension, saying, “I appreciate the fact that Swing Journal has respectfully introduced young and new musicians."

“The market size for jazz is small, but it is wonderful that the magazine has been published in an era when even music seems disposable," he added.

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